Prayer

Promoting the Psalms as Prayer through Bible Class and Preaching

Author
David H Petersen
Abstract
The goal of the project was to increase the congregation's knowledge and appreciation of the Psalms and their use of the Psalms as prayer. Research was conducted on a Lutheran definition of prayer for the Psalms, the use and role of imagination in interpreting the psalms, and on homiletic strategies tailored to the Psalms as prayer. The research method was to take surveys and observation notes throughout an intensive period of Bible classes and sermons and then again at a later date. The results were positive but most pronounced in those for whom the concepts were new.

Praying the Psalms: Hearing and Responding to God

Author
Christopher G Jones M.Div.
Abstract
"Praying the Psalms: Hearing and Responding to God" explores the spiritual benefit of utilizing the Scriptures to guide the content of the prayers of God's people, specifically using the Psalms as an inspired collection of prayers, preserved by God for the spiritual growth of his people. This praxis provided times of corporate worship guided by the Psalms, as well as teaching and devotional writing from the Psalms, presented in such a way to foster greater understanding of the Psalter and facilitate psalm-based prayer. The qualitative results indicate some positive spiritual formation and growth among participants.

Praying the Church Beyond the Walls

Author
Redonia M Thomas
Abstract
What kind of intercessory prayer ignites and energizes a church to become more engaged in the community? Research shows there is a consistent decline in people attending church. The two congregations I serve are experiencing this decline. They were more inward focused and less missional minded. At one time, the four walls of the church were sufficient for ministry, because people came to the house of God. However, there has been a shift in the demographics, the attitudes and behaviors of the community. This project focuses on how intercessory prayer helps congregations seek the welfare of the city.

Spiritual formation in the local church

Author
Eugene L Miller
Abstract
The primary goal of the project was to discover more effective ways to enable the spiritual growth of members over sixty years of age in a United Methodist church. Generally, positive results are reported from the experiment. A theological concept of prayer with guided experiences was presented. The practice of journal keeping was encouraged. The material and methodology are effective if the spiritual director/pastor is willing to risk personal involvement by sharing his/her own spiritual pilgrimage.

Introspection and prayer in Christian maturation: a course of study and discipline

Author
Park James Ranck
Abstract
This is a course to help people progress in their Christian maturation through an actual experience of the Indwelling Christ. Christian maturation is defined as growth toward having a Spirit-filled character as described in the New Testament. A six month course was taught in six churches and involved thirty-four people. Pre- and post-course psychological testing instruments were used as well as questionnaires at the end of the course. The comparison of the testing instruments' data shows a significant growth toward Christian maturity as defined by the author. The overall opinion of the participants supports these findings.

A strategy for counseling through preaching

Author
Edwin H Moyer
Abstract
This project was designed to integrate preaching and pastoral care ministries so that the sermon might be a therapy instrument for congregation members.The project sought through preaching to focus on needs expressed by the audience, understanding that responsive communication might exist between pulpit and pew, even without verbal exchange. The report outlines biblical and theological bases for the concept of counseling through preaching. Methodology entailed determination of issues people wanted addressed; preparation of sermons based on those concerns and summarizing feedback received by several means. The project showed positive results since people found help for issues they were confronting.

Prayer as a strategy for church planting by the Nigerian Evangelical Church of West Africa

Author
Stephen K Awoniyi
Abstract
This thesis proves that an enhanced, focused prayer ministry will result in increased church planting in the Nigerian Evangelical Church of West Africa. Chapter 1 defines the subject of prayer and proves that the Bible is not only an infallible divine revelation of God's plan of redemption, but also a record of the invaluable inspirational prayers of Jesus Christ. Chapter 2 begins with the birth of the Sudan Interior Mission and substantiates its mission emphasis by prayer in West Africa. Chapter 3 examines hindrances to prevailing prayers and the Nigerian Evangelical Church of West Africa involvement with charismatic movement. Chapter 4 addresses the importance of prayer in mission and biblical imperatives of praying for mission. Prayer strategies for rapid exponential increase of church planting are also included. Chapter 5 emphasizes prayer as an invaluable means of "fellowshipping" with God and for evangelism and church planting.

Equipping senior adults at First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia, to become an intercessory task force to pray for senior high school students

Author
Ben R McFather
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected senior adults to become an intercessory task force to pray for senior high school students. The project was divided into eight seminar sessions focusing on prayer and student concerns. The objective was accomplished through a blended approach of research, sermonic series, and practical application. Evaluative tools included a pretest-posttest instrument, personal interviews, post project questionnaire, weekly participant evaluation, case studies, mock prayer experiments, and independent observation. These tools sought to measure an increase in comprehending the prayer material, valuing the usefulness of prayer, and the skill of praying for high school students.

The prayers of Lancelot Andrewes: using a classic early Anglican text for a series of classes on prayer in the local church

Author
Charles A Parker
Abstract
Bishop Lancelot Andrewes had a profound impact on early Anglican theology and piety. His Preces privatae quotidianae (Daily Private Devotions) has nurtured the prayer lives of generations of Christians. Its rich use of scripture, patristic material, and early liturgical material also makes it a wonderful text from which to teach classes on prayer within the local church. This project involved translating the Preces privatae quotidianae and developing a series of classes around it, which were taught in two Washington congregations.
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