Prayer - The Communication of Love
How can your prayer-life be transformed from a ritual to a relationship?
This workbook on prayer examines how our other, more familiar, relationships develop and then draws parallels with the dynamic of our relationship with God.
Through a series of activities, questions, occasional anecdotes and biblical reflections, you will be prompted to encounter God through prayer in fresh ways and step up to new levels in your relationship with God – and others.
The Stairways Series is a set of teaching books designed to help Christians rise to higher levels in their 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)