Learning to Pray in Scripture

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In an exceptional combination of an ancient form of Scripture study with historical, theological, and biblical perspectives, Stephen Binz leads us on a journey of enlightenment and appreciation.

In Lectio Divina Bible Study: Learning to Pray in Scripture, Binz shows us how various characters in the Bible prayed and what they can teach us about prayer. This volume also delves into the various types of prayer and what we can learn from them.

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Overview

In an exceptional combination of an ancient form of Scripture study with historical, theological, and biblical perspectives, Stephen Binz leads us on a journey of enlightenment and appreciation.

In Lectio Divina Bible Study: Learning to Pray in Scripture, Binz shows us how various characters in the Bible prayed and what they can teach us about prayer. This volume also delves into the various types of prayer and what we can learn from them.

Lectio Divina, the ancient practice of Scripture immersion, is at the heart of this process. Combined with the tradition and scholarship of the Church, it explores complex topics with sequential steps of study, meditation, and internalization. Specifically, every chapter leads you forward through a sequence of:

Listening - Reading Scripture with expectancy, trusting that God will speak His Word to us through it

Understanding - Seeking to comprehend the meaning of the text, encountering God there and being changed by that encounter

Reflecting - Linking the truth of the Scriptures to the experience of faith in the world in which we live

Praying - A dialogue with God: we listen to God, then we respond in prayer

Acting - After prayerfully listening to God through a passage of Scripture, we should be inspired to make a difference in the way we live

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592768318
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 1,271,804
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Welcome to Lectio Divina Bible Study 13

Section I Overview of Learning to Pray in Scripture 21

Section II Prayer in the Lives of Israel's Heroes 31

Lesson 1 Abraham's Intercessory Prayer for Sodom 33

Lesson 2 Moses' Prayer for the Forgiveness of God's People 37

Lesson 3 Hannah's Prayer of Praise to God 42

Lesson 4 David's Prayer of Grateful Praise 46

Lesson 5 Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom 50

Lesson 6 Nehemiah's Prayer for His People 54

Group Session Guide for Section II 58

Section III Prayer in the Prophets of Israel 61

Lesson 7 Isaiah's Prayer of Thanksgiving and Praise 63

Lesson 8 Jeremiah's Prayer of Confident Hope 67

Lesson 9 The Prophet's Prayer of Lament for Israel 71

Lesson 10 A Plea for God's Mercy 76

Lesson 11 Daniel's Prayer for the People in Exile 81

Lesson 12 Jonah's Prayer of Thanksgiving 86

Group Session Guide for Section III 90

Section IV Prayer in the Psalms and Stories of Israel 93

Lesson 13 A Prayer of Trust in God's Steadfast Love 95

Lesson 14 A Prayer to Our All Knowing God 99

Lesson 15 A Prayer of Praise to Our Divine King 104

Lesson 16 Job's Prayer From the Depths 109

Lesson 17 Judith's Prayer of Trust in God 114

Lesson 18 Tobit's Prayer of Thanksgiving 118

Group Session Guide for Section IV 123

Section V Prayer in the Life of Jesus 125

Lesson 19 The Prayer That Jesus Taught His Church 127

Lesson 20 Jesus' Prayer of Praise to the Father 131

Lesson 21 The Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane 135

Lesson 22 Jesus Teaches His Disciples How to Simply Ask 139

Lesson 23 Two Parables About Prayer 143

Lesson 24 Jesus' Prayer During the Crucifixion 147

Group Session Guide for Section V 151

Section VI Prayer in the Apostolic Church 153

Lesson 25 The Prayer of Christian Believers 155

Lesson 26 Paul Teaches Believers to Be Confident in Prayer 159

Lesson 27 Paul's Prayers of Thanksgiving for the Churches 163

Lesson 28 Paul's Prayer That the Ephesians Know the Love of Christ 168

Lesson 29 James Instructs the Community on Prayer Offered in Faith 173

Lesson 30 The New Creation Offers Joyful Prayer to the Lamb 177

Group Session Guide for Section VI 182

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