IFD275 – Learning to Pray, Baby Steps
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On the one hand, prayer is so simple that the littlest child can pray. On the other hand, even the most spiritually mature men and women struggle with prayer from time to time. This workshop is designed for the person who wants to review the very basic elements of prayer. The key passage for the course is Luke 11:1-13 where the first disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray.
Like a new born baby has the desire and ability to learn to walk and talk, the same is true for the spiritual life of a Christian. Each of us have the ability to learn how to walk and talk with God spiritually. The six topics we will cover include: 1) Prayer is relationship, 2) Learning to Listen, 3) Learning to Talk, 4) Learning to Walk, 5) Learning to Fall Down and Asking for Help, and 6) Learning to Ask for the Needs of Others.
Each week there will be a short video introduction, a select portion of scripture, and three to five page of content to read; followed by a two questions for reflection, and then an invitation to respond each day. The rhythm each week is receive, reflect, respond. The Holy Spirit will be the primary teacher and Rev. Tom Albin, Dean of The Upper Room Ministries, will be the guide.
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Tom Albin is currently Dean of the Upper Room Ministries and Ecumenical Relations in Nashville, Tennessee. The eldest of four children raised on the family farm, Tom’s elementary education was in a one-room schoolhouse on the Kansas prairie. He attended Ottawa University, Oral Roberts University, Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Cambridge in England. During his pastoral ministry in Oklahoma, Tom served in a church of more than 5,000 members, giving leadership to the areas of Evangelism, Discipleship, Lay Counseling, and College Ministries. In 1987 Tom joined the faculty of Boston University School of Theology and taught courses in American Church History, Wesley Studies, Evangelism and Church Growth. The following year he developed a program in Christian Spiritual Formation at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he taught until 1999 when he joined the staff of The Upper Room.
Tom and his wife, Maryle, have three married children: Beka, April and Heather. They also have six exceptional grandchildren: Ellie, Wyatt, Hadley, Charlotte, Levi and Sylvie.