Hints for How to Pray

George Buttrick
March 20, 2024

A Simple Regimen of Private Prayer

In 1942, George A. Buttrick, a Congregationalist minister, wrote this guide to the practice of prayer, noting that, “Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship is not formal, but it is not formless: it has cultivation…the casual mind kills it.” The founder of Renovaré, Richard J. Foster, writes,

"I am helped by George Buttrick’s words on prayer. It isn’t so much that he is giving me new insights into prayer—in one form or another I have heard it all before. It is that when I read him, I want to pray. Many authors help me understand prayer; few help me practice it.
I’m glad for this feature in Buttrick for I am in need of constant encouragement to keep in the experience of prayer. It is so easy for me to fall back into analysis and debate and avoid “the practice of the Presence.” Maybe you experience the same difficulty. Certainly we can all be grateful for Buttrick’s “hints” on prayer, which nudge us onward in the Way."


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