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Finding the Words

By Brian Young I am a Friend called to pastoral ministry who values the older understanding of vocal ministry that prevailed be­fore the pastoral system, and which many Quakers still uphold. I became part of a Friends church as a young adult, and that programmed meeting was the community in which my faith in Christ Jesus was formed; but my…

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What is Prayer?

By David Finke I was blessed to be a part of an intergenerational program led by Ken and Katharine Jacobsen during Blue River Quarterly Meeting, of Illinois Yearly Meeting held near Springfield, Illinois, in May. The integration of adult and children’s program provided in this meeting seemed seam­less to me: Never before have I felt the unity and harmony of…

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QuakerSpring: A Prayerful Community

By Micah Bales – FUM Interim Communications and Web Specialist God continues to surprise me. All the Holy Spirit has to do is blow through, and I am back to square one; the sand castles that I have built are swept away by the tide, and I am left without fortifications before God. I suppose it could be frustrating to…

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Faithful Prayers

By Pat Shrock There are times God reminds me that I take for granted the blessings and advantages my culture provides me. Recently, as the presiding clerk of United Soci­ety of Friends Women International (USFWI), I had the privilege of being involved in a life changing event — a prayer meeting. Now, when I speak of a prayer meeting, I…

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Scripture for Living: Prayer

By Meshack Musindi I have found a wonderful and powerful prayer. My faith’s experi­ence has found that when Quakers gather in meetings, committees, and when solving issues, their prayer will always be, “May thy will be done.” “May thy will be done.” What a wonderful, powerful prayer! It is a wonder working prayer that has been a big challenge to…

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The Practice of Prayer

By Pat Byers Several years ago a friend of mine spent some time with author and speaker Richard Foster. In a car ride to the airport, my friend asked Foster why his own prayer life was not near as full, as rich, or as exciting as the prayer life Foster described in his book on prayer. Foster’s response was something…

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Thoughts On Prayer

By Karen Taffe “I’ll pray for you,” some people say, And just hurry along their way. Never giving a thought to the promise they make, Their actions making their words seem fake. But prayer is God’s language; we can’t comprehend As we utter a wish or think of a friend. He doesn’t want the empty words we think we are…

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Come Pray

By Mary Glenn Hadley There are some popular concepts about prayer. For some, prayer simply means telling God what to do and expecting God to act accordingly. People think God has given them good minds and generous resources that enable them to figure out things on their own. They don’t want to bother God for the little things of life….

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40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends – An Interview

In a conversation with Sylvia Graves, former General Secretary of Friends United Meeting, Colin Saxton, current General Secretary, and Kelly Kellum, clerk of the Restructuring Committee of FUM’s General Board, the three shared their insights of the program, 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends, with the editor of Quaker Life. QL: What is 40 Days of Prayer? Colin:…

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40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends: Introduction

By Colin Saxton All around the world, members of the Religious Society of Friends are feeling the stirrings of renewal at work in us and seeking to be expressed through us. The inner voice of the Holy Spirit is calling us to a deeper place and a more complete and transforming immersion into the life and power of God. Despite…

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