Most of us have experienced the “laundry list” phase of spiritual life in which praying means giving God an agenda of needs to handle. How do we move to having real conversation with God? How do we hear what God is saying back to us? How can we make our experience of God being with us part of everyday life?
This guide covers the disciplines of prayer and of practicing God’s presence. Going deeper in these areas helps us to draw closer to God in everything we do.
Spiritual disciplines are a time-tested means of connecting us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover the disciplines in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. This series is designed to help us live in God’s presence by incorporating these spiritual practices into our lives.
“Jan Johnson opens a path on which anyone can actually and continuously grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
– Dallas Willard, author of Hearing God and The Divine Conspiracy
“For fifty-three years I have taught a required course at Dallas Theological Seminary on the principles of inductive Bible study. I recommend these studies because they are well devised and most provocative guides for first-hand Bible study.
– Howard Hendricks, Distinguished Professor
Chairman, Center for Christian Leadership
How Does This Study Work?
These studies examine examples, methods and results of connecting with God through prayer and practicing God’s presence. One question in each of the six studies calls for actual praying to be done in the session. Look for these questions and use them. This will demonstrate the pattern that Bible study leads us to respond to God, especially through prayer.
Each session includes several other elements as well.
Turning Toward God presents discussion (for groups) or reflection questions and exercises to draw us into the topic at hand.
Hearing God Through the Word draws us into a study of a related passage of Scripture with questions that connect it to life and invite us to reflect on what God is saying. A Leader’s Guide is printed in the back, providing more helps for leaders and study notes for specific questions.
Transformation Exercises are activities or thoughts to experiment with in order to experience the spiritual exercise studied. Perhaps you’ll read the exercise and think it’s too elementary or too difficult for you. Adapt it as needed. Or maybe you think you can guess what you’ll experience, so you don’t have to do it. The point is to experience it. Go ahead and try.