Working at Prayer

By Frank Topping

A collection of attractive and unpretentious meditations on prayer by the prominent broadcaster.

ISBN: 9780718825041


Frank Topping says “I have no pretensions about being any kind of spiritual authority. I simply hope that my own experience may be of some help to those struggling along the same path.” But judging by the popularity of his broadcasts and books, what he has to say will help many people in their search for a closer relationship with God through prayer.

“It seemed as if this had been written specially for me,” That was the most frequently repeated phrase when listeners to Radio 2 wrote to the BBC asking for a copy of the script of Frank Topping’s morning meditations on Pause for Thought. “What made me decide to broadcast them regularly,” says Frank, “was the huge response from listeners – literally thousands.”

In the Frank Topping series, the Lutterworth Press has published many of his most popular radio meditations. These collections of thoughts and prayers remain a pleasure to use and also a handy reference for those who want to find their favourite meditation.

Additional information

Dimensions 197 × 130 mm
Pages 80
Illustrations b&w

Trade Information LGEN

About the Author

Before being ordained to the Methodist ministry in 1970, Frank Topping worked in the theatre and television, both as a producer and a performer. He then worked for BBC Radio Bristol before moving to BBC London in 1974. He is known not only through his radio broadcasts but also because of his West End partnership with Donald Swan in ‘Swann and Topping’ and his television series ‘Topping on Sunday’.


Looking at Methods
1. Being Still
2. A Time and a Place to Pray
3. Ordering Our Thoughts
4. Arrow Prayers
5. Making a Prayer List
6. Praying the News
7. Praying for Your Own Needs
8. Conscience and Confession
9. Living Thankfully
10. Rejoicing!
11. Letters to God
12. Praying Together
13. Retreats

Aids to Prayer
14. The Bible
15. The Lord’s Prayer
16. The Sermon on the Mount
17. The Last Supper Prayers
18. The Parables
19. Paul: ‘Christ in Me’
20. The Communion of Saints

Prayer Books and Great Prayers
21. Prayer Books and Prayers
22. The Practice of the Presence of God
23. A Daily Office
24. Hymns and Poetry
25. The prayer of St. Francis
26. The Prayer of St. Richard
27. Thy Will Be Done

Endorsements and Reviews

Written in the same compact style as his talks, Frank has captured much helpful wisdom on prayer.
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