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					Quakers and Prayer                                Quakers and Prayer                                Quakers and Prayer
For many Quakers, prayer is part of our           For many Quakers, prayer is part of our           For many Quakers, prayer is part of our
individual lives as well as part of Meeting for   individual lives as well as part of Meeting for   individual lives as well as part of Meeting for
Worship.                                          Worship.                                          Worship.

Prayer                                            Prayer                                            Prayer
Prayer is simply conversation or contact with     Prayer is simply conversation or contact with     Prayer is simply conversation or contact with
God where we open ourselves to the Divine         God where we open ourselves to the Divine         God where we open ourselves to the Divine
presence. This can take different forms. Quak-    presence. This can take different forms. Quak-    presence. This can take different forms. Quak-
ers may pray silently. We may formulate words     ers may pray silently. We may formulate words     ers may pray silently. We may formulate words
or an image or just be. It is important that we   or an image or just be. It is important that we   or an image or just be. It is important that we
listen for what God may have to say to us.        listen for what God may have to say to us.        listen for what God may have to say to us.
Some Quakers also use set prayers from the        Some Quakers also use set prayers from the        Some Quakers also use set prayers from the
Bible or other spiritual writings when they       Bible or other spiritual writings when they       Bible or other spiritual writings when they
pray.                                             pray.                                             pray.

Quaker Grace                                      Quaker Grace                                      Quaker Grace
Before meals, Quakers typically have a silent     Before meals, Quakers typically have a silent     Before meals, Quakers typically have a silent
grace or a moment of silent thankfulness for      grace or a moment of silent thankfulness for      grace or a moment of silent thankfulness for
the meal and for each other. The group often      the meal and for each other. The group often      the meal and for each other. The group often
holds hands during grace.                         holds hands during grace.                         holds hands during grace.

Holding in the Light                              Holding in the Light                              Holding in the Light
During or after worship, a Friend may ask the     During or after worship, a Friend may ask the     During or after worship, a Friend may ask the
group to “hold someone in the Light.” The         group to “hold someone in the Light.” The         group to “hold someone in the Light.” The
person may be sick, dealing with difficult life   person may be sick, dealing with difficult life   person may be sick, dealing with difficult life
circumstances, struggling spiritually, or work-   circumstances, struggling spiritually, or work-   circumstances, struggling spiritually, or work-
ing to serve others.                              ing to serve others.                              ing to serve others.
To hold a person in the Light, imagine them       To hold a person in the Light, imagine them       To hold a person in the Light, imagine them
being held in God’s loving presence and offer     being held in God’s loving presence and offer     being held in God’s loving presence and offer
prayers and love for them. Holding an individ-    prayers and love for them. Holding an individ-    prayers and love for them. Holding an individ-
ual or a group of people in the Light is often    ual or a group of people in the Light is often    ual or a group of people in the Light is often
part of our practice of prayer.                   part of our practice of prayer.                   part of our practice of prayer.
(continued)                                       (continued)                                       (continued)
Quakers and Prayer                                       Quakers and Prayer                                       Quakers and Prayer
(continued)                                              (continued)                                              (continued)

For me, prayer is more about listening than talking.     For me, prayer is more about listening than talking.     For me, prayer is more about listening than talking.
Prayer is a way of being with God.                       Prayer is a way of being with God.                       Prayer is a way of being with God.
                        — Deborah Fisch, 2010                                    — Deborah Fisch, 2010                                    — Deborah Fisch, 2010

To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue       To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue       To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue
God uses to transform us.                                God uses to transform us.                                God uses to transform us.
                              — Richard Foster                                         — Richard Foster                                         — Richard Foster
    in Celebration of Discipline: The Path to                in Celebration of Discipline: The Path to                in Celebration of Discipline: The Path to
  Spiritual Growth, HarperSanFrancisco, 1978               Spiritual Growth, HarperSanFrancisco, 1978               Spiritual Growth, HarperSanFrancisco, 1978

When I read that I was supposed to make “a place         When I read that I was supposed to make “a place         When I read that I was supposed to make “a place
for inward retirement and waiting upon God” in           for inward retirement and waiting upon God” in           for inward retirement and waiting upon God” in
my daily life, . . . I thought: “Oh, those stuffy old    my daily life, . . . I thought: “Oh, those stuffy old    my daily life, . . . I thought: “Oh, those stuffy old
Friends, they don’t understand! Do they think I’m        Friends, they don’t understand! Do they think I’m        Friends, they don’t understand! Do they think I’m
going to be able to sit for an hour, or half an hour,    going to be able to sit for an hour, or half an hour,    going to be able to sit for an hour, or half an hour,
or a quarter of an hour, or for any time at all, in my   or a quarter of an hour, or for any time at all, in my   or a quarter of an hour, or for any time at all, in my
very busy life, just to have some kind of feeling of     very busy life, just to have some kind of feeling of     very busy life, just to have some kind of feeling of
‘inward retirement’?” I felt irritated and misunder-     ‘inward retirement’?” I felt irritated and misunder-     ‘inward retirement’?” I felt irritated and misunder-
stood, and I tried to put the whole thing out of my      stood, and I tried to put the whole thing out of my      stood, and I tried to put the whole thing out of my
mind.                                                    mind.                                                    mind.
At last I began to realize . . . that I needed some      At last I began to realize . . . that I needed some      At last I began to realize . . . that I needed some
kind of inner peace, or inward retirement, or            kind of inner peace, or inward retirement, or            kind of inner peace, or inward retirement, or
whatever name it might be called by. . . . I began to    whatever name it might be called by. . . . I began to    whatever name it might be called by. . . . I began to
realize that prayer was not a formality or an obliga-    realize that prayer was not a formality or an obliga-    realize that prayer was not a formality or an obliga-
tion; it was a place which was there all the time and    tion; it was a place which was there all the time and    tion; it was a place which was there all the time and
always available.                                        always available.                                        always available.
                      — Elfrida Vipont Foulds                                  — Elfrida Vipont Foulds                                  — Elfrida Vipont Foulds
                  in The Candle of the Lord,                               in The Candle of the Lord,                               in The Candle of the Lord,
              Pendle Hill Pamphlet #248, 1983                          Pendle Hill Pamphlet #248, 1983                          Pendle Hill Pamphlet #248, 1983




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