In the Spring of 2016 we did a sermon series called Is God Listening: Making Sense of Prayer. We had two big picture goals in this series:
- To have a thorough and insightful discussion, from the Bible, on what prayer is and how to do it, and…
- To give practical handles and resources to help you pray more consistently and effectively.
As you continue to make sense of prayer, we would encourage you to re-listen to one or more of the messages, look for ways to continue to take steps toward this, and have conversations with others about how you are changing with regard to prayer and faith.
We also want to put a few more resources in your hands, and compile those with the few we’ve already given you, to give you a handful of resources to take advantage of as you make consistent and effective prayer a goal in your own life.
First, a Definition of Prayer
While prayer could be described many ways, for the purpose of our series we said that prayer is communicating to God and listening for his response. There is an “us communicating with God” element and a “waiting and listening to God” element. Prayer is more about relationship with God than getting things from God, and in any healthy relationship there is an exchange of giving and receiving things from each other.