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All sessions will be conducted on Mondays at 9:00–10:00am Pacific Standard Time (UTC-08:00)
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Monday, September 4, 2017:
Introductory Prayer Service
Before beginning our Fall 2017 seminar on prayer, we will be holding a prayer service. Please join us as we pray together for the seminar, for one another, and for the movements in global Christianity.
Monday, September 11, 2017:
Prayer in the New Testament
Lecturers: Matthew Dereck and Jonathan Armstrong
In this first official class period, we will introduce the spiritual discipline of prayer as the proper beginning point for theological study. “Theology” means “God-speech,” and we must learn to talk with God before we can learn to speak properly about God. This session looks into Jesus’ prayer life and his seven prayers recorded in the Gospels.
Monday, September 18, 2017:
Prayer in the Old Testament
Lecturers: Sean Malone and Matthew Dereck
Prayer Leader: Anthony Carollo
When did God’s covenant people begin practicing prayer? For the Old Testament saints who did not know the presence of the Holy Spirit in the same intimate way that Christians do today, what did prayer mean? We will explore the Old Testament teachings on prayer, especially focusing on the Psalms.
Monday, September 25, 2017:
Lectio Divina: Praying through Scripture
Lecturers: Jacob Page and Matthew Dereck
In this third class session, we will devote the entire period to prayer. The time of prayer will be preceded by a brief explanation of the traditional method of Lectio Divina or praying through Scripture, and we will pray through Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14–21 and a selection from the Psalms.
Monday, October 2, 2017:
Prayer and the History of Revival
Lecturers: Derek Beehler and Randy Garcia
Prayer Leader: James Robinson
It is often said that every major revival began with prayer, but can we demonstrate this claim to be true? What role did prayer play in the First and Second Great Awakenings, the ministry of Billy Graham, or the modern missions movement?
Monday, October 9, 2017:
The Liturgy of the Hours
Lecturers: Matthew Dereck
The Liturgy of the Hours was already practiced by ancient Christians in the early centuries and fully developed by the monastic tradition in the Middle Ages. Beginning with “Lauds” in the morning and concluding with “Compline” at night, the wisdom of this carefully ordered, reflective tradition of prayer can be brought into our modern lives.
Monday, October 16, 2017:
Evensong in the Anglican Tradition
Lecturers: Luke Risser
In this session, we will pray through a liturgical service in the Anglican tradition. There will be a brief explanation of the various elements of the service, and all will be provided with a handout with the readings for the service.
For a copy of the handout for this lesson, click here.
Monday, October 23, 2017:
Patterns of Prayer
Lecturers: Matthew Dereck
Prayer Leader: Galen Doughty
Through the ages, many outlines of prayer have come and gone, but a handful have stood the test of time. We will look at the pattern provided by Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer, Martin Luther’s and John Calvin’s advice on prayer, and ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication).
Monday, October 30, 2017:
Classics on Prayers
Lecturers: Patrick Lapp and Jacob Page
There is a library of spiritual classics on the subject of prayer! More than a “recommended reading list,” this session will take you into the stories and teachings of the authors of some of the best-known authors on prayer: John Hyde (Praying Hyde), the “Unknown Christian” (The Kneeling Christian), and Brother Lawrence (The Practice of the Presence of God).