When was the last time someone interrupted you while you were praying?
Most of us would probably agree that prayer is essential to our spiritual life and our walk with Christ, but how often do we really pray? Are we as committed to spending meaningful time with God in prayer as we would like to be?
Re:Discovering Prayer is a 6-week discipleship series designed to refuel, reenergize, and help us rediscover our passion for prayer. If we’re honest about it, our prayer life is a journey filled with peaks and valleys. There are times when we pray often and other times when we struggle to pray at all. Join us beginning Wednesday, January 11 through February 15 as we rediscover the importance of prayer in our lives. Led by Neil Westbrook.
January 11 - The Necessity of Prayer - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Just as food and shelter are necessary for our physical well-being, prayer is essential to our daily spiritual life. When we neglect to pray, our spiritual life diminishes.
January 18 - Struggling with Prayer - 1 John 5:14-16
Why doesn't God answer my prayers? How do I know if I'm praying about the right things? What are some of the problems with or questions about prayer shape our prayer life?
January 25 - Learning to Pray Again - Matthew 6:9-13
Most of us learn to pray when we are children. But as we grow older, we realize that our childhood understanding of prayer, perhaps like our childhood understanding of God, is no longer adequate for life as an adult. How does our prayer life change as we grow older? How do we learn how to pray again?
February 1 - Praying With the Psalms - Select Psalms
Throughout the history of the Church, the Psalter has served as the prayer book for Christians. What can we learn about prayer from this theologically rich and profound text?
February 8 - Encountering Prayer in the Bible - Select Passages
What do we discover when we look at the prayers and prayer lives of people who prayed in the Bible? How do these examples of prayer inform us about the nature, purpose and power of prayer in our lives?
February 15 - Silent Prayer - Habakkuk 3:20, Matthew 6:5-6, Luke 6:12
Mother Teresa once said,
"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts."
There is a way of prayer that does not require us to speak to God, but rather to be silent and still before the Lord. It is called silent prayer. In this session, we will learn about the Biblical foundation of silent prayer and what it means to pray without words.
February 22 - My Prayer Journey: A Group Exercise
How would you describe your prayer life? Have there been times in your life when prayer was especially meaningful? In the last session, we will have the opportunity to write about our prayer journey.
Goals & Format
The goals of this discipleship series is to renew our passion for prayer, deepen our understanding of prayer, and help us to be more intentional about prayer each day. Each session will be divided into approximately 30 minutes of teaching and 20 minutes of group discussion. Also, participants who would like to have a prayer partner during the 6-week period will have the opportunity to do so.