Over the years I realized that I had collected a number of prayer books. Not so much books about prayer, but collections of prayers. These books have become important to my spiritual life. Of course, one of our primary prayers is the one Jesus taught us, The Lord’s Prayer, and I believe pray with each time we say “Our Father….”
One of my collections is by the Old Testament Scholar and Theologian, Walter Brueggemann. This is his prayer entitled, We try, as best we can, to live by bread alone:
We try, as best we can, to live by bread alone,
Or pie or cake or sweet rolls.
And then comes your word! In our hearing we are reminded
We live by every word that proceeds from your mouth,
Promise and gifts,
Blessings and threats,
Summons and commands,
Assurances and requirements.
We thank you for bread, and for the many cakes, pies and sweet
That inhabit our life of privilege. While we munch,
Give us ears, make us better listeners
Give us patience with our odd utterances,
We vow to listen.
We pray in the name of your Son Jesus Christ who became our