Week 1 of Prayer Series

In week one of the study series, Teach Me to Pray, we begin by exploring the Lord’s Prayer as it is in the Bible. Next, you will walk through exploring different translations of text from Matthew, including examining how they are different from one another and how they are different from the prayer often recited together when we pray the Lord’s Prayer in worship. Finally, as you will find throughout the series, Pastor Sylvia provides you with an acrostic to help frame your prayer practice this week. When you download the Word document, you may print it out or use it as a fillable form.

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Week 2 of Prayer Series

In week two of the study series, Teach Me to Pray, we explore Hannah’s prayer from 1 Samuel. Perhaps, however it is not the prayer you are thinking of, but rather the prayer she offers in the temple when she is accused of being drunk by the priest Eli. We will walk through the ways we, like Hannah, experience shame-filled reactions to life’s circumstances and what it means to pour out our heart and soul before God. Like last week, there are space for you to respond and reflect in the document itself and a space to dig deeper.

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Week 3 of Prayer Series

In week three of the study series, Teach Me to Pray, we explore prayers from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. Paul’s letters often offer prayers for his original audience that we can understand as prayers for us as fellow believers living 2,000 plus years later. We will examine hope in our faith journey and some word study related to Paul’s original words. This week resumes offering an acrostic style when praying for others and again provides space for filling in your reflections to the study.

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Week 4 of Prayer Series

In week four of the study series, Teach Me to Pray, we explore prayeres from prayers from Jesus’ lessons in the gospel of Luke. Rather than considering prayers as complex or detail oriented, we will examine how sometimes a simple approach is best. As always, you will find space to enter answers and reflections along with a Going Deeper section for further examination and thought.

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Week 5 of Prayer Series

In week five of the study series, Teach Me to Pray, we explore prayeres from the psalms, especially prayers of lament and the emotions we may not like to talk about. Often we find ourselves censoring what we say to others and that affects what we say to our God in prayer. Hopefully this week you will begin to risk the vulnerability of what it is to pray authentically with feelings of lament, anger, and anxiety among others. Like the others weeks, there is space to fill answers and a Going Deeper section.

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