Year of Prayer

 

Time and time again as we’ve faced various challenges, God has led His people to fall on their knees in prayer and seek His path and power. Our hope is that you will be encouraged throughout this year as we bring you resources to help you incorporate prayer into both your personal and your public life.

 

Videos    

Meditation On Prayer

We’re so grateful that we can come before the God of the universe in prayer!  We hope this video will bring you a few moments that will quiet your heart and to help you to think about the gift that we have in prayer.

 


The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is one of the best loved and most spoken prayers. Almost all Christians have come to know and memorize this prayer. 
 
With all of the trials, turmoil and turbulence that we can experience in this life, this prayer can help to keep us grounded in our walk with the Lord.
 
D.C. Washington sang this prayer as the opening prayer at our annual fundraising banquet in April. The song was exceedingly beautiful and many have asked us to share it with you. Our prayer is that you too will be blessed by it.
 

 

 

Articles

 

How Can I Grow in Prayer?

You hear it all the time: "If you want to be a serious Christian, you must be a person of prayer". But, sometimes it’s hard to pray! Dr. Bill Kynes looks honestly at what keeps us from praying and teaches us how to grow in prayer.
 

Why Pray?

Everyone tells us to pray, and even more importantly the Bible tells us to pray. But, the Bible also tells us that God is omnipotent - He already knows all about us - so, why pray?In this short article by Tom Tarrants from Spring 2003 issue of Knowing & Doing, Dr. Tarrants helps us to see that God’s omnipotence is only part of the picture.

 


Are You Trying to Pray the 'Right Way'? 

This 21 minute lecture by Paul Miller may very well completely change the way you approach your prayers.

 

The Prayer Life of C.S. Lewis

Jim Houston knew C.S. Lewis personally, they were in the same Bible study together for 7 years. In this article Dr. Houston takes a thoughtful look at the prayer life of C.S. Lewis. Presented to you in both audio files (part 1 and part 2), and as an article for your convenience. From Knowing & Doing, Summer 2006.
 
 

Worship and Adoration

When you pray, are your prayers mostly petitions?  
 
How would your relationship with your heavenly Father change if your prayers mostly contained worship?
 
This short article from K&D by the late J. Oswald Sanders may help you to answer that. 
 
 

Who are your role models?

Lyle Dorsett studied the life of C.S. Lewis to learn what, exactly, made Lewis into such an effective follower of Christ. In this two part message Dr. Dorsett looks at Lewis’s prayer life to see what we could learn from Lewis’s prayer life and incorporate those practices into our lives.
 
Click on Part 1 & Part 2 to hear from Dr. Dorsett on "Lewis in the School of Prayer." 
 
 

What is the Lords Prayer?

You have most likely recited The Lord’s Prayer many times. 
But, do you know what it means? 
Have you thought deeply about what Jesus was teaching us when he modeled The Lord’s Prayer?
 
Bill Smith takes a closer look at the Lord's Prayer and explains its major components in this article from the Fall 2010 issue of Knowing & Doing
 

 


Recommended books

 

 
Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.
 
With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.
 

 

A Praying Life

PRAYER is simply you ― a child of a good Father ― making conversation with him a rhythm of your life. For most of us, prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it, we simply do not pray. Prayerlessness is rooted in unbelief. Because of prayerlessness, our lives are often marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy.

If prayerlessness marks your life more often than not, A Praying Life is for you. Now with added chapters on prayers of lament and further guidance for using prayer cards, Paul Miller introduces us to prayer that regularly and consistently hopes, trusts, and expects God to act.
 

What Difference Does Prayer Make?

In this booklet, Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance.

Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.

 

With Christ in the School of Prayer

What if prayer is more than a means of maintaining the Christian life? Andrew Murray believes prayer was the highest work entrusted to man by God, the root and strength of all our other work in Him. It is only through prayer that the believer taps into the source of highest power.

Murray discovered that it is Christ who teaches us to pray. The more we abide in Him and grow into His likeness, the more our lives will become like His. It is Murray’s heartfelt desire that all Christians would enroll in a personal session With Christ in the School of Prayer.

 

The Heart of Prayer

How much do we really pray? When we do pray, are we focused on our own performance or on making a good impression on God and those around us?

This uplifting book encourages and calls believers to turn their eyes away from their own performance and follow Jesus as they pursue the heart of prayer. Despite our weakness in prayer, Jesus teaching and example provide support rather than condemnation.

 

Prayer Power Unlimited

Let J. Oswald Sanders guide you toward greater intimacy with God, making you more effective in the lives of the people you pray for. With compassion and biblical wisdom, Sanders tackles the hard questions about unanswered prayer, sheds light on the role of fasting, as well as the meaning of God's promises in prayer. Prayer Power Unlimited helps you nurture your spiritual relationship with the Father with useful inspiration on every page. Includes model prayers and study questions.

 

Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis

Lyle Dorsett sets out to answer the question of how C.S. Lewis grew spiritually in Seeking the Secret Place. Drawing on Lewis's books, letters, and interviews with his contemporaries, Dorsett reveals how Lewis's faith grew on a steady diet of Scripture, prayer, and the sacraments - not only to show how his faith developed but to encourage readers on the path to spiritual growth. 

 

Praying the Lord's Prayer

J.I. Packer presents a powerful truth: prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and his children. In his book Praying the Lord's Prayer, an excerpt from Growing in Christ, Packer works through each phrase of Christ's pattern of prayer, allowing readers to begin to grasp the basic principles and guidelines of prayer.  
As readers apply the truths of this book to their prayer lives, they will experience intimate communication with God and will strengthen their own conversations with their Father in heaven.
 
 

 

 
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