This book will explore and define biblical and contemporary images of prayer. All the sessions exploring prayer will be based upon God’s relationship with humans as the ground of all prayer and the essential human need to reach toward God that leads to prayer. Readers will explore definitions of prayer, a variety of scriptures that show Jesus’ teachings and practices related to prayer, methods of prayer, aids to prayer, the varieties of individual and communal words, needs, and emotions that form the content of prayer, ways people interpret answered or unanswered prayer, and the unity between prayer and human action. The book will invite readers to reflect upon questions like: Why do we pray? What is God’s role in prayer? the human role? How is God’s grace involved in prayer? What is prayer? What did Jesus teach about prayer? How do we pray? What do we pray? What is an attitude of prayer? How does God answer prayer? What difference does prayer make in our lives? Have I been praying all along? What happens in the quiet times of my week? in the busy times?
Is prayer possible in both quiet and busy times? Why do I feel like I don’t have time to pray? Do I need to make time for prayer? How? The book will affirm persons and groups who struggle with an understanding of prayer or with a style of prayer. It will provide opportunities for transforming encounters with God.
About the Author
Sarah Faulman Arthur is a free lance writer and editor. She is author of Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings, a book for young adults based upon the characters in Tolkein’s middle-earth.She wrote Thinking Theologically about Money and Thinking Theologically about Pop Culture, and has been a contributing writer for other curriculum resources for youth. Her most recent contribution was the the 20/30 Series for Young Adults with Prayer: Living in God's Power and Presence. She speaks for youth events, church groups, libraries, and schools or home-school programs.
Sarah graduated from Wheaton College with dual majors in Literature and Christian Education. She she served as a youth director in northern Michigan for seven years before launching her writing and speaking career.She is happily married to her best friend, Tom.Her hobbies are writing poetry, reading, backpacking, sailing, and skiing.