Extemporaneous Prayer: Study Further

Extemporaneous prayer is spontaneous and usually non-formulaic verbal praise, confession, thanksgiving, and/or petition that we offer to God in silence or out loud.

     Blythe, Theresa A. “Prayer Partnering.” Pages 125–127 and 201–2 in 50 Ways to Pray: Practices from Many Traditions and Times. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon, 2006.

Foster, Richard J. “Simple Prayer.” Pages 7–15 in Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.

Guenther, Margaret. Pages 46–60 in The Practice of Prayer. Volume 4 in The New Church’s Teaching Series. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley, 1998.

Mayfield, Sue. Pages 62–64 and 74–75 in Exploring Prayer. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2007.

Spener, Philip Jacob. Pia Desideria. Seminar Editions. Edited by Theodore G. Tappert. Translated by Theodore G. Tappert. 1675. Reprinted by Philadelphia: Fortress, 1964.

Stookey, Laurence Hull. Let the Whole Church Say Amen! A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon, 2001.

Thurston, Bonnie. “Oratio: Praying with Words.” Pages 24–53 in For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.


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