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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. My favorite part of the petitionary prayer was when Foster discussed how God still wants us to ask because he loves being asked. I loved the imagery he used of parents and their children. I can relate more now with my own child.
    I think I could use someone to walk me through the difference of this type of prayer and simple prayer!

    • Alyssaz,

      That’s always a good thing if you’ve learned something that helps in parenting; especially when it’s something with such great eternal value.

      And, like you, I had questions about the distinction but at the end of the day I suppose this entire book is a guided conversation, leading us into deeper and wider realms of praying.

  2. Favorite quote for Chapter 15 is on page 171: “The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular or heroic.” I was especially comforted by page 174 where he says were find God “in the waiting.” Waiting is so hard sometimes! — I loved what Julie shared on the video about creating a haven in her home and choosing a Scripture for each child to pray over them at night.

    I love that Foster says “God delights in our asking.” I must admit that a lot of questions and requests really annoy me, so I have to remember that God is not me. He desires us to come to Him. It brings Him great joy.

    I have read a couple of great books about praying the Lord’s Prayer — Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer Towns and The Great House of God by Max Lucado. Thought I would pass those titles along for anyone who might be interested…

  3. Still loving this book, the video recaps and the written recaps! Thanks so much to you ladies for using your gifts to bless so many. I’ve been asked to organize a mini-prayer ministry and prayer room at my church’s upcoming women’s retreat and I’d love to use some (okay, a lot!) of the written recaps to summarize the movements of prayer and how we can better know God through them. Would that be alright? I’d be happy to share how we end up using the book and this study as a resource afterwards as well. 🙂

  4. Like Robin, these 2 chapters have been my favorite so far. If I had to choose, Praying the Ordinary was my favorite.

    I’m a stay at home mom. To most people that means I don’t have a job; I don’t provide for my family; I just sit on the couch and watch TV all day long. Reading this chapter reassured me that God’s view of my vocation is so much different than the world’s view. He values the time I spend reading to or playing peek-a-boo with my daughter. Laundry, cooking, cleaning…all those things are important to Him. And in doing those things, though very mundane and unexciting at times (okay, most of the time), I can bring Him glory. I don’t have to have gone to seminary or lead a small group at church or pack my bags and fly across the world and work with orphans to make a difference in the Kingdom of God. Now, I’m not saying those things are bad at all. I’m just saying that for those of us who have not been called by Him to do great things like that, we still matter to Him and have a purpose in His Kingdom’s work.

    As far as Petitionary Prayer…to be honest, I was a little disappointed that the section on Unanswered Prayer was completely skipped in the video. I feel like that topic is something many people struggle with. I do, at least. Maybe it wasn’t mentioned in the video because it’s a pretty heavy topic. I’d really like to know Angie’s thoughts on this. Her perspective on this topic would help me work through the issues I have with unanswered prayer in relation to the premature birth and death of my son.

    I did love Foster’s section on Forgive. My 2 favorite quotes from that section were “It is not just the things that we do, though those by themselves are enough. It is also the things we leave undone” (p.186) and “we remember, but in forgiving we no longer use the memory against others” (p. 187).

  5. These are two of my favorite chapters so far–relatable, thought-provoking, helping me to see the familiar in new light. Can you choose one over the other? How would you contrast the Ordinary prayers we learn about in Chapter 15 with Simple prayer we studied in Chapter 1? How does the study of Petitionary Prayer cause you to look differently at The Lord’s Prayer (or does it?)? Did anything particularly resonate with you from our Sofa Girls today?

    Loved both of these chapters.. I didn’t see much difference between praying the ordinary and simple prayer. Loved both of those chapters since that seems to be the realm in which I reside most of the time.. the ordinary. 🙂 It is good to see what heights we can aspire to in prayer.. but good to know the stuff of our everyday mundane life is the stuff of prayer, too.

    “The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find him at all. Ours is to be a symphonic piety in which all the activities of work and play and family and worship and sex and sleep are the holy habits of the eternal.” (171)