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21 Ways to Pray

Do you long for a deeper relationship with God but don't know where to start? Have you ever felt awkward or frustrated when you tried to pray?

You are not alone. Many Christians are insecure about their prayer life.

John Killinger, a former pastor and professor, is well qualified to give step-by-step instructions for how to pray. In this eCourse based on his book, Beginning Prayer, Killinger answers basic questions beginners have about prayer. Our eCourse offers creative means of engaging in these prayer practices for yourself.

The 21 Ways to Pray eCourse will help you learn:

–the appropriate attitude for prayer

–the best time to pray

–the best places to pray

–postures for prayer

–21 methods of praying

The book Beginning Prayer is an Upper Room classic. It is our hope that through this online course you'll discover creative ways to pray that will grow and enhance your prayer life.


To purchase a print version of Beginning Prayer, visit The Upper Room bookstore.


Your Instructor


John Killinger
John Killinger

John Killinger is a former pastor in Baptist, Presbyterian, and Congregational churches. He taught for fifteen years at Vanderbilt Divinity School and was Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Killinger has written over seventy books on subject ranging from prayer and spirituality to theology and modern literature. Our eCourse is based on content from his book, Beginning Prayer.


Course Content


  Welcome!
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  1. The Prayer of Silence
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  2. Listening to God's Questions
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  3. Using a Single Phrase
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  4. The Jesus Prayer
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  5. The Use of Mere Syllables
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  6. Praying with a Mental Image
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  7. Fantasized Images
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  8. Praying Set Prayers
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  9. Praying the Lord's Prayer
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  10. Meditating on the Scriptures
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  11. Fantasizing with the Scriptures
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  12. Meditating on Other Literature
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  13. Giving Thanks for All Things
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  14. Blessing Your Memories
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  15. Praying About Your Work
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  16. Praying About Your Dreams
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  17. Praying for Others
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  18. Fantasized Scenes
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  19. An Imaginary Conversation with Christ
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  20. Subconscious Writing
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  21. Keeping a Prayer Journal
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The eCourse starts when you are ready to begin and will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close the eCourse.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We don’t want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.
Who sponsors these online courses?
These online courses are brought to you by The Upper Room.

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