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Formation - Prayer

Formation - Prayer

This quarter, we’re invited to deepen our rhythms of prayer and grow in our dependence on our Father. Prayer is a means through which God is forming us more and more into the image of Jesus. As we are with Jesus in prayer, we will become like Him and be able to do the things He did. Communing with Him in prayer forms us into a dependent people. 

This guide to prayer is broken into five parts for you to work through sequentially with your Missional Community, on your own, and with your DNA group. Each part builds on the previous one and will help form you into a person dependent on God and continually aware of His presence. 

Be sure to start with the Get Started Guide.

HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THIS PRACTICE

Learn Together through a Sermon
We will start each quarter learning together in our Sunday gathering about a spiritual formation practice. This sermon sets the foundation and if you miss it, please take time to watch or listen. This foundation sermon on Prayer, preached on April 19, 2020, is available on both the Doxa app and website.

Missional Community Discussion
Using the Prayer Guide, you will work through five parts over the quarter to help you learn about this practice in more depth with your community. Just follow the prompts. Start here before jumping into the individual practices.

Individual Practices
After discussing the practice with your Missional Community, you’re invited to try exercises on your own to help you develop rhythms of dependence in prayer. Don’t worry about getting it right or being perfect, just try to work through the practice and take note of what was hard, what you enjoyed, and what God was teaching you. You will then reflect on this with your DNA group.

DNA Group Reflection
After you have experienced these practices yourself, your DNA group will meet to reflect on this experience and what God is teaching you through the process. Use the provided questions to guide your DNA conversation, but feel free to let the conservation go beyond these.

Practice with Kids
Use the guided times and questions to help kids understand the spiritual practice. Kids also learn a great deal by watching others (family members and Missional Communities) model the practices. Invite them to participate with you; you're helping to create an environment for the Holy Spirit to do the work in your kids’ lives.