The Breath of Prayer energizing godly love

Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma and Stephen G. Post

in The Heart of Religion

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199931880
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980611 | DOI:
The Breath of Prayer energizing godly love

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This chapter describes how godly love is energized through prayer that seemingly releases what sociologist Pitirim Sorokin has called “love energy.” As shown by survey statistics and through the stories from the lives of exemplars, prayer is far more than a monolithic practice that can be measured by asking how often someone prays. Although active or devotional prayer is nearly universally practiced among American prayers, forms of receptive prayer are also quite common. Active prayer and two approaches to receptive prayer (prophetic and mystical) work together in deeper experiences of divine love.

Keywords: praying; God's love; love energy; active prayer; receptive prayer; divine love

Chapter.  12802 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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