A Praying Life Discussion Guide: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

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Most of us live the Christian life without asking God to be involved in the details of our lives. We are bad at praying, and we know it. We end up feeling guilty and ashamed on top of being defeated.

In the book A Praying Life you will learn how to become like a child running to your Father--and this discussion guide can help pinpoint what needs extra attention. Author Paul Miller's insights into cynicism will reshape your asking and the faith...

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Overview


Most of us live the Christian life without asking God to be involved in the details of our lives. We are bad at praying, and we know it. We end up feeling guilty and ashamed on top of being defeated.

In the book A Praying Life you will learn how to become like a child running to your Father--and this discussion guide can help pinpoint what needs extra attention. Author Paul Miller's insights into cynicism will reshape your asking and the faith that undergirds your asking.

This discussion guide/leader's guide is designed to help you individually or as a group member cultivate a rich prayer life and grow your relationship with God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984496402
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Series: Designed for Influence Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BRENNAN MANNING is a writer and speaker who leads spiritual retreats for people of all ages and backgrounds. He is the author of over ten books, including Ruthless Trust, The Boy Who Cried Abba, The Ragamuffin Gospel, and the best-seller Abba's Child. A resident of New Orleans, he travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad to share the good news of the unconditional love of God.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

13 Week Reading Schedule 8

18 Week Reading Schedule 9

1 "What Good Does It Do?" 11

2 Where We Are Headed 13

Part I Learning to Pray Like a Child

3 Become Like a Little Child 19

4 Learn to Talk with Your Father 21

5 Spending Time with Your Father 23

6 Learning to Be Helpless 25

7 Crying "Abba"-Continuously 27

8 Bending Your Heart to Your Father 29

Part 2 Learning to Trust Again

9 Understanding Cynicism 35

10 Following Jesus out of Cynicism 37

11 Developing an Eye for Jesus 41

Part 3 Learning to Ask Your Father

12 Why Asking Is So Hard 45

13 Why We Can Ask 47

14 How Personal Is God? 49

15 What Do We Do with Jesus' Extravagant Promises About Prayer? 51

16 What We Don't Ask For: "Our Daily Bread" 53

17 What We Don't Ask For: "Your Kingdom Come" 55

18 Surrender Completely: "Your Will Be Done" 57

Part 4 Living in Your Father's Story

19 Watching a Story Unfold 63

20 A Father's Love 65

21 Unanswered Prayer: Understanding the Patterns of Story 67

22 How God Places Himself in the Story 69

23 Praying Without a Story 71

24 Hope: The End of the Story 73

25 Living in Gospel Stories 75

Part 5 Praying in Real Life

26 Using Prayer Tools 79

27 Keeping Track of the Story: Using Prayer Cards 81

28 Prayer Work 83

29 Listening to God 85

30 Prayer Journaling: Become Aware of the Interior Journey 87

31 Real-life Praying 89

32 Unfinished Stories 91

Leader's Guide for 13 Week Schedule 95

Leader's Guide for 18 Week Schedule 113

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