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Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today Paperback – May 1, 2006
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If the old practice of praying the hours is something you have considered but wanted more instruction in, this volume would be a helpful place to begin. Beginning with a treatise on Jesus, practice of prayer and then moving into a historical discussion on how the Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican traditions practiced prayer, McKnight offers ways praying the hours (or the offices) connects with each.
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For me, the best part of the book was McKnight's obvious but startling revelation that Jesus would have found himself within the Jewish fixed-hour prayer tradition. There is no stronger argument for fixed-hour prayer than the fact that our Lord Himself was most certainly a practitioner of it and following Him would of course mean following Him in this practice. Again, this would be obvious to many, but for those raised outside of liturgical traditions such as myself, this is a fresh insight.
Secondly, I very much appreciated McKnight's continual reminder that this is not a replacement for spontaneous prayer, but a wellspring for it. I currently find my prayer life devoid of much depth or meaning (or consistency for that matter) and the ability to pray along with some of the giants of the Church makes me not have to feel like praying in order to pray consistenly and well.
Probably the other most important point that McKnight raises is that praying in this manner does not necessarily lead to "vain repetitions" any more than telling your spouse that you love them continually will. This and the afforementioned points should clear away any ignorant debris that would prevent non-liturgically reared Christians such as myself from embracing this ancient and valuable practice.Read more ›
Even though I have since learned what these terms mean, the idea of using a liturgical prayer book still seemed so foreign to me. What I needed was an easy to read primer on `praying with the church'. Thankfully, Scot McKnight delivered with his new book Praying With the Church.
Like McKnight, and countless other evangelicals, I was very familiar with the practice of praying IN the church (spontaneous prayer gatherings, `popcorn' prayer, prayer meetings, etc). But what my prayer life has lacked was an ordered prayer habit WITH the global church. Merging the two forms of prayer together, orchestrates what McKnight calls a "sacred rhythm of prayer".
This book is perfect for Christians such as me, eager to enrich one's prayer life, but lacking in instruction on how to pray WITH the church. To those from Anglican, Orthodox, Celtic, Catholic traditions, this book will simply preach to the choir (maybe Scot will follow up with Praying IN the Church for those of liturgical backgrounds!).
After some introductory comments on his personally journey of learning how to pray WITH the church, he reexamines the prayer life of Jesus, who most definitely joined in the fixed prayer schedule of first century Judaism.Read more ›
The first part of the book deals with Jesus in prayer and the wider Jewish tradition. Also, how having fixed hours of prayer helps to reorientate our lives around a sacred rhythm. We should no longer shape our day around breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or before work, work, and after work, but around our times of prayer. Thus, we centre our daily lives around our communion with God, and after the pattern of Jesus' own praxis.
The second part of the book introduces us to each of the major prayer books of the Roman Catholic, the Orthodox, and the Anglican traditions. He gives a useful sketch of what each entails and how they might be profitably used based on his own experience.
This was a short, helpful little book for those new to prayer books and set times of prayer. I've even been persuaded to go out and buy a copy of the Book of Common Prayer (the Anglican one). I'll use it for a few months and then maybe give an update on how I've found my journey. The only complaint I have is that it is punctuated by personal testimonies of the value others have found since taking up set times of prayer. It's not that I object to this at all, but it was a bit overdone - there wasn't any need for quite so many. Nonetheless, 7/10.
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excellent overview of the history of praying with the Church in fixed hour prayer practices stemming from the early Christian practices inherited from Judaism to the contemporary... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bishop Wayne Boosahda
Prayer. Sounds like a harmless enough word. People pray in all sorts of ways, whether in gasps of ejaculated cries for help in a crisis, or in planned "quiet time" moments,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Philliber
Easy to read. Insightful. Helpful. Re-ignited my prayer life. Dr. Scot's book is a treasurer for your library. A resource for years to come.Published on April 4, 2014 by John Senter
I really enjoyed McKnight's book on prayer. What I appreciated most was his honestly in stating that he was unsure of the concept of praying the hours, i.e. Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by William D. Curnutt
In Praying With the Church, Scot McKnight takes on prayer in a way that is probably unexpected for many Evangelicals (which is probably his primary audience). Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by James C. Jones
In Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today, Scot McKnight makes the case that evangelicals and other Christians do themselves a disservice when they limit... Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Chip Webb
I got Scot McKnight's book because I have long wanted to practice fixed-hour prayer and it looked like his book would be helpful. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by Joe Hegyi 3rd
I was already practicing fixed hour prayer via the internet (Daily Office of the Episcopal Church at [...]) when I ran across this book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by Lazy MJ Ranch