Week 3 – Celebration of Discipline: Prayer

I’m really enjoying this study with you guys.  It’s so helpful to read your thoughts as we move through each discipline.  And I think it’s fantastic that we’re all participating in these disciplines together.

This week, we’re going to read about prayer.  Prayer is something I certainly need to work on, both in frequency and quality/quantity of time spent.  It’s one of those things that can get pushed out of my schedule pretty quickly, especially when things are particularly busy.  I love what Martin Luther says about praying during a busy season.  “I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”  I want that to be me.  I want to wake up each morning and not be able to start my day without prayer.

I also really appreciate that Foster reminds us prayer is a constant state, and not just a once or twice a day activity.  A goal of mine is to learn to perpetually be in prayer.

Here are a few questions from the study guide that we can answer this week.

1) Why does Foster say “To pray is to change”?  Have you ever experienced that in your life?

2) How can we keep from being discouraged by the example of the “giants of the faith”?

3) Frank Laubach said, “I want to learn how to live so that to see someone is to pray for them.”  Experiment with that approach to life for one whole day and record what you learn from your experience.

4) What should we do when we don’t feel like praying?

Weekly Scripture Reading:


Sunday: The pattern of prayer / Matthew 6:5-15.

Monday: The prayer of worship / Psalm 103.

Tuesday: The prayer of repentance / Psalm 51.

Wednesday: The prayer of thanksgiving / Psalm 150.

Thursday: The prayer of guidance / Matthew 26:36-46.

Friday: The prayer of faith / James 5:13-18.

Saturday: The prayer of command / Mark 9:14-29.


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