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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Prayer, But Were Afraid to Ask 
As a new year begins, people often make resolutions about their prayer life, desiring to spend more time connecting with God and strengthening their faith. However, like the beginning of any new habit, there are questions about prayer that can be stumbling blocks to success. In this four-week series, we will explore frequently asked questions about prayer, with the hope that everyone connected to Christ through Topeka First UMC will be able to develop a fuller and richer prayer life in 2018.

January 7th, 2018
Does It Really Matter if I Pray?

Rev. Jeff Clinger, Lead Pastor

Romans 8:26-28

Is prayer intended to change God, or to change us? Come with us on an exploration of various understandings of prayer. We’ll talk about the power of simply being present with God, and not having to say anything. Maybe we’ll even try a few minutes of silence together in worship.

January 14th
How Should I Pray?

Rev. Jeff Clinger, Lead Pastor

Matthew 6:5-15 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Join us again touch back on the idea of being silent with God as one meaningful way to pray. We’ll also introduce and talk through some specific models for prayer that you might consider using in the weeks ahead.

January 21st
Does God Really Hear My Prayers?

Austin Harris, Director of Worship Experience

Psalm 13:1-3 and Luke 11:9-13

What is the point of staying connected to God, when we aren’t getting our way or our prayers don’t seem to be answered? We’ll look at the Psalm of Lament as a way of faithfully praying to God–even as we are crying out–and be invited to trust that God is present and at work even in difficult and painful times.

January 28th
How Do I Know If God is Speaking to Me?

Rev. Jeff Clinger, Lead Pastor

1 Samuel 3:1-10, Romans 12:1-3

How is intentionally listening to God and seeking God’s guidance (discernment) an important tool in our prayer lives? We’ll learn specific examples of how we, as Christians in the Wesleyan tradition, can discern God’s call on us as individuals and as a community of faith.