Prayer: Not a Duty to Fulfill but a Gift to Enjoy (with Discussion Guide)
One of my favorite books on prayer is A Praying Life by Paul Miller.
In the introduction, he makes it clear that his purpose in writing a book on prayer is not that we learn to pray per se but that through prayer we get to know God as our Abba, Father. Prayer is about submitting my will to my Father, learning his ways, enjoying his presence, and trusting him.
Psychologists tell us that much of our human dysfunction can be tied to “father issues.” The same thing may very well be true spiritually. Those of us who profess Jesus as Savior and Lord have a heavenly Father, but we may not really know him. And since we don’t know him, we may not trust him. The result is that we end up living like spiritual orphans full of fear and insecurities as if we had no Abba.
It is to this danger Paul Miller makes a dramatic statement when he writes, “In order to pray like a child, you might need to unlearn the non-personal, non-real praying that you’ve been taught.”
Prayer includes 15 lessons on the Lord's Prayer with a built-in discussion guide. My deep desire is for this study to help you discover that talking with God is not a duty to fulfill. It is a gift to enjoy.
Each lesson includes a discussion guide for groups, families, couples, and individuals for deeper reflection and application.