Prayer and Meditation

Prayer is not merely, as some say, “the breathing of the soul.” It is the imbibing of life itself. If we stop praying, life ebbs away. As long as we pray, our lives remains warm, ardent, and vigorous, for in prayer we meet God himself in Christ. In Christ is life—yes, in him alone (John 1:4). We experience this life only insofar as we search for him and love him, and only to the extent that we come to him and receive him in prayer. “Eating the flesh” and “drinking the blood” of the Son of Man actually takes place every time we meet him personally, so that he is in us and we are in him. Neither my prayer nor my conduct can bring life; what is crucial is that Christ is my life.

— Eberhard Arnold

Books: Prayer and Meditation

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Evening Prayers

By Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

We want to turn to God at the end of each day, but often don't find the words to express our deepest feelings and longing. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening.

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Wisdom of the Sadhu

By Sadhu Sundar Singh

A collection of anecdotes, parables, and meditations from one of the most fascinating spiritual guides of the 20th century. Rooted in a distinctively Indian idiom, his Christian wisdom challenges Western readers to step beyond theological ideas and encounter the essence of the Gospels. русский español

Cries from the Heart

Cries from the Heart

By Johann Christoph Arnold

If you've ever felt that praying was like talking to a wall, the last thing you need is another book that holds out religion like a good-luck charm. Where has the real God gone? Arnold tells stories about real men and women with very real problems finding strength to face life's challenges.

Articles: Prayer and Meditation

A soldier on duty with a heavy backpack in early dawn light.

Keeping Watch

By Philip Berrigan

Reflecting on Jesus’ exhortation to his disciples to "keep watch," Berrigan is transported back to his days as a young army draftee standing the interminable night watch.

A photograph of the Southern Cross constellation.

Seizing Moments of Awe

By Bill Wiser

A naturalist based in Australia shares his awe at the beauty of the southern constellations, including the Scorpion and the Southern Cross. He reflects on silence, solitude, sunset, stars, and their softening effect on the human spirit.

A self-portrait by Jan Toorop depicting an elderly man lifting his hands in prayer.

Meditation on the Lord’s Prayer

By Alfred Delp

February 2 marks the seventieth anniversary of Alfred Delp's death. A Jesuit priest, Delp was executed by the Nazis in 1945 for his refusal to condone the Third Reich and leave the Jesuit order. While in prison, he wrote this meditation.

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The Eve of Advent

By Eberhard Arnold

While violence floods the streets, Arnold writes, we await God's intervention in the injustice and suffering of our world. An Advent meditation.