Chapter 3 – The Discipline of Prayer
Section – The Foothills of Prayer
KISS – keep it simple stupid seems to be the advice Foster offers in this section. At times we tend to over complicate our prayer and, in doing so, move away from what should be so natural to us. Foster looks at how children interact with their parents and then encourages that same type of relationship in our interaction with our Father.
Part of this section introduces Frank Laubach, another author, who has written several books on prayer. One of Laubach’s ideas is “Flash Prayers”. This type of prayer uses each encounter with another person or each situation we enter into as an opportunity to pray for something or someone. This reminds me of St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, who tells us to “Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing!” or St. Gregory of Nazianzus who says, “We must remember God more often than we draw breath.”
Keep our prayer uncomplicated and make it part of every minute of every day. A challenge for today and every day and ways that will draw us closer to God and one another.
Title: Celebration of Discipline
Author: Richard J. Foster
Release Date: October 5, 1988