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Prayer is a primary way Christians fulfill the Great Commandment to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves, and it’s the foundation of everything else we do to show that love. Yet, for something so integral to the practice of our faith, prayer remains stubbornly mysterious. What happens when we pray? Do our prayers change anything? How should we pray? These questions persist.
Although some of these mysteries won't be resolved on this side of eternal life, Jesus calls his disciples to pray anyway and assures us that our prayers matter. In prayer, we consciously devote time to cultivating our relationship with God, trusting that this relationship can transform our souls, our lives, and the world.
But even when we want to pray, the question remains: How do we pray?
Rhonda Mawhood Lee explores practices from the Lord’s Prayer to praying with the psalms and in song, from the eucharist and the rosary to “moving” prayers offered when walking a labyrinth, doodling, baking, or devoting another activity to God. Scripture and tradition show us that when we seek God through prayer, we will find, by grace, the One who has already reached out to us in love. Seek and You Will Find is a comforting, challenging, and instructive companion in your quest to develop the relationship God deeply desires with you.
Born and raised in Québec, the daughter of a francophone father and a Scottish immigrant mother, Rhonda Mawhood Lee moved to North Carolina to pursue a doctorate in history at Duke University. There, she found her life’s companion and stayed. She has taught college and worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and now serves as an Episcopal priest, writer, and spiritual director.
Lee’s essays on faith and life have appeared in outlets like America: The Jesuit Review, Faith & Leadership, and “Modern Love” (The New York Times). She is the author of Through with Kings and Armies: The Marriage of George and Jean Edwards (Cascade Books, 2012).
"Inviting, accessible and user friendly, Seek and You Will Find is a wonderful introduction to the life of prayer, an essential element of the life of the believer."
- James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray.
“Prayer is one of the ways we connect with God. Through this connection, we are empowered to live Christ centered lives. As a priest and bishop, I have had numerous conversations with individuals who struggled with their prayer lives. Sometimes, new converts to the faith sought advice about how to approach prayer. In other instances, the established prayer practices of deeply spiritual persons no longer enabled them to hear God’s voice.Rhonda’s book about prayer is an excellent resource for anyone who desires to strengthen their relationship with God. The book explores many different types of prayer drawing upon Rhonda’s rich experience as a spiritual director and priest. She provides practical questions and suggestions at the end of each chapter for those who need assistance in getting started. Wherever you are in your journey with the Lord, reflecting on the practices in this book will provide new opportunities for the Holy Spirit to draw you closer to God.”
- The Rt. Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf, Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee
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