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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 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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
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