How can your prayer-life be transformed from a ritual to a relationship? This workbook on prayer commences by examining how our other, more familiar, relationships develop and then draws parallels to the dynamics of our relationship with God. ...
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How can your prayer-life be transformed from a ritual to a relationship?
This workbook on prayer commences by examining how our other, more familiar, relationships develop and then draws parallels to the dynamics of our relationship with God.
Through a series of activities, probing questions, occasional anecdotes and Bible reflections, you will be encouraged to encounter God in fresh ways and step up to new levels in your relationship with God - and others.
The second volume in The Stairways Series - a set of teaching books designed to help Christians rise to higher levels in their relationships with God and others.
PART ONE: THE DYNAMICS OF RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT
1. We are made for relationships
2. Patterns of communication in relationships
PART TWO: RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - THROUGH PRAYER
3. Our relationship and communication with God
4. Awareness of God
5. Attention to God
6. Responses to God
7. Commitment to and trust in God
8. Fresh awareness though challenges
PART THREE: DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD AND OTHERS THROUGH PRAYER
9. Group prayers
10. Maturing our relationship with God and others
'Prayer is not a ritual, or a set of words, or a strict procedure to follow. Prayer finds its meaning in a two-way relationship of love with God,' says Lieut-Colonel Ian Southwell in the preface to his new book, Prayer: The Communication of Love.
In this excellent, easy-to-understand, interactive resource, the colonel begins with the vital premise that prayer is most fully understood and developed in the context of relationship. Much of the book is given over to practical and pertinent teaching on relationship building and strengthening. It also contains many examples of different approaches to prayer and suggests activities aimed at revitalising stagnant prayer lives.
From the stories shared it is obvious that the writer finds his prayer communication with God to be exciting, challenging and dynamic. However, he understands that not all Christians have similar experiences of prayer. He trusts that this book will be used effectively by individuals, small groups and congregations as they daily interact with the living God.
- Lieut- Colonel Laurie Robertson (THE OFFICER January-February 2011)
Lieut-Colonel Ian Southwell was a science teacher in Australia before training as an officer (minister) in The Salvation Army. He was commissioned and ordained with his wife, Sonja, in 1969. Together they served in corps (church) leadership, school education, youth work, literary, international administrative, and leader development roles. Areas of ministry have included Zambia, The Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong and China, and in 15 other countries while based in the UK as well as in Ian's homeland of Australia.