Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means "saying prayers" or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you're a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer.
I am the author of 25 books on prayer and spirituality, with a background in retreat work, spiritual direction, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and biology. Publishers of my books include Crossroads, Publ., Ave Maria Press, Liguori Publications, and Pelican Publishing Co. During the past five years, I have also ventured into publishing on demand with Lulu Press. Current employment is at Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, KS, where I present retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction.
Degrees include a M.S. in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1974) and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation (1996).
I am married and the father of three grown children, with four grandchildren as well. My wife and I reside in Bel Aire, KS, which is just outside of Wichita.
Start5. Praying With Scripture (Lectio Divina) (13:20)
Start6. Contemplative Prayer Methods (14:54)
Start7. Dealing With Distractions in Prayer (10:20)
Start8. Praying Attentively With Set Prayers (6:45)
Start9. Praying With Icons and Visual Arts (Visio Divina) (8:42)
Start10. Combining Methods, and Closure (9:13)