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QUEST FOR PRAYER



Foreword

This is not the complete book on prayer. That one is within your own heart, waiting to be read. These pages are meant only to provide you with a few ideas--a few insights--which may possibly be the catalyst that helps you access your own "book." Hopefully they will allow you to feel your value as a link in the golden chain of prayer which is encircling our world today.

Mary-Alice & Richard Jafolla


Table of Contents

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

DIRECTIONS

Chapter 1 -- The What and Why of Prayer
When we pray it is the universal spirit seeking to fulfill itself as us

Chapter 2 -- How To Pray
One sure way of proving to ourselves that our prayers are answered

Chapter 3 -- Praying For Ourselves
God is a creative process that is forever in search of anenues of expression. We are those avenues

Chapter 4 -- "But My Prayer Wasn't Answered"
True prayer is always "answered"

Chapter 5 -- Praying For Others
There is a major hurdle to leap if we really intend to be of help

Chapter 6 -- Group Prayer
Prayers generated by a focused group of people take on an enormous power

Chapter 7 -- The Language of Prayer
Whatever words or thoughts help us to feel our oneness with God--these are prayers

Chapter 8 -- AN INVITATION - The Next Step
You can participate in a divine mandate -- The world needs prayer

BEARING THE TORCH -- A Final Thought

SUGGESTED READING


Introduction

Content is a word unknown to life...Life reaching out, groping for a billion years, life desperate to go home.

Loren Eiseley, THE IMMENSE JOURNEY


The journey of the Creator has been an immense one--so long, so winding, so ofttimes obscured in the mists of the past that to this day it still remains untracked. Yet so unrelentingly purposeful has been the mission of this journey that it has never wavered in its quest.

What is this quest of the Creator? Just as humanity has always harbored an insatiable quest to experience the presence of a Supreme Being, the Creator harbors an insatiable quest to experience Itself! Its entire journey has been a cosmic quest to satisfy this hunger. And because the only way the Creator can experience Itself is through Its creations, we can understand the eternal drive to create the consummate creature.

With the dawn of homo sapiens a creature stepped forth who could acknowledge the existence of its creator. From one tiny cell, each of us develops into a complex masterpiece of creation, aware of itself...asking questions...seeking answers...awed by the mystery of life...carrying the flare of our divinity into the darkness. As it turns out, we discover that our hunger to experience the Presence is really the Presence's own hunger to experience Itself!

A Global Community
The great religions of the world are searching their histories and examining their positions. Bit by bit, pieces of the past are falling away and things are moving more toward commonality than difference. A global synthesis is coalescing, and it feels "right." Heading home...moving toward oneness--it's the way of the world. We are witnessing the coming together of a worldwide community.

The global community being established is not a political one or an economic one, a racial one or a religious one. It is a spiritual one. It is a worldwide community of pray-ers--people who pray--because prayer is one thing common to people everywhere.

The need is not really for more brains, the need is now for a gentler, more tolerant people than those who won for us against the ice, the tiger, and the bear. The hand that hefted the ax, out of some old blind allegiance to the past fondles the machine gun as lovingly. It is a habit [we] will have to break to survive, but the roots go very deep. [Loren Eiseley]

The Homecoming
The book in your hand is part of a series which probes more deeply into the uncharted territory of our inner world. The journey we are on--our quest for spiritual rediscovery--leads us finally back to ourselves. Like the prodigal son, we have spent enough time in the far country and long to come home to that sanctuary of peace within our souls where, in timeless stillness, we come face-to-face with the truth that we and God are one.

Craving this "homecoming"--this return to the promised land--we search for the trail which will lead us there.

Prayer is that trail.


DIRECTIONS

Our lives lose direction the moment they cease to be a voyage for the discovery of God.
Author Unknown

QUEST FOR PRAYER can be utilized on many levels. It is up to you to decide how far and how deeply you wish to go with it. Each chapter begins with a discussion of a topic, and then moves into an Adventure segment which will serve as a bridge to help you transport the philosophical aspect into your everyday life. Like the original books of the series, The Quest and Adventures on the Quest, each of these two segments is designed to supplement and complement the other.....

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For a base camp from which to venture forth on your Quest for Prayer, we refer you to the original work--the foundation of the Quest series--The Quest and Adventures On The Quest.

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