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Introduction to Prayer

About This Lecture Series

Learning to pray is the proper starting point for the study of theology. As Evagrius Ponticus, the fourth-century Christian writer, said: “He who prays truly is a theologian; he who is a theologian prays truly.” This course is designed to give class participants a basic introduction to the practice and theology of prayer in the Christian tradition. Course sessions will explore the theological framework of prayer and study the prayers of the Bible as a pattern for our own prayers. Following this class, students will be able to evaluate the dynamics of their personal prayer lives and be prepared to lead corporate prayer services.


This course meets for 6 consecutive weeks on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00am (UTC -05:00; New York City time)

January 8, 2025
January 15, 2025
January 22, 2025
January 29, 2025
February 5, 2025
February 12, 2025

Matthew Dereck
Course Facilitator
In addition to working as Director of Courses, Matthew also serves as Program Coordinator at Camp Shamineau in Motley, MN. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute - Spokane in 2018 with a degree in Biblical Studies and from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021 with a degree in Theology.
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