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The Disciplines of Prayer and Fasting

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Seminary Mission Statement

The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandments through the local church and its ministries.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a biblical, theological, and historical study of prayer and fasting with a particular emphasis on assisting students in their personal prayer lives, personal fasting, and their preparation for leadership of the prayer and fasting experiences in local churches.

Student Outcomes

The student will have an enhanced understanding of the biblical, theological, and historical backgrounds of prayer and fasting

The student will have enhanced personal perspectives, attitudes, and commitments toward prayer and fasting.

The student will have enhanced skills in personal devotional practices related to prayer and fasting.

The student will have enhanced skills in leading ministries of prayer and fasting in the local church.

Key Competencies Addressed

This course addresses the spiritual and character formation competency as well as the disciplemaking and, biblical exposition, and Christian theological heritage competencies.


The Prayer-Shaped Disciple by Dan R. Crawford, Hendrickson Publishers

Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer Towns, Regal Books

Course Requirements

    1. The student will read the textbooks and provide reflection briefs on chapters assigned by the professor.

    2. The student will maintain a 5 day-per-week prayer journal.

    3. The student will read and report on one book from the bibliography.

    4. The student will complete the midterm and final exams.

Course Evaluation

Reading/Reflection Briefs


Prayer Journal


Book Report


Midterm Exam


Final Exam


Course Outline



Anderson, Leith. Praying to the God You Can Trust. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1998.

Beasley-Topliffe, Keith. Surrendering to God: Living the Covenant Prayer. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2001.

Bright, Bill. The Transforming Power of Fasting and Prayer. Orlando: New Life Publications, 1997.

Cedar, Paul and Charles R. Swindoll, Eds. A Life of Prayer. Nashville: Word Books, 1998.

Celebrate Jesus 2000 Prayer Committee. Praying Your Friends to Christ. Alpharetta, GA: North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1998.

Chafer, Lewis Sperry. True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer. Grand Rapids. Kregel Publications, 1993.

Christenson, Evelyn. Unleashing God’s Power: What God Does When Women Pray. Nashville: Word Books, 2000.

Cornwall, Judson. Praying the Scriptures. Orlando: Creation House. 1998.

Crawford, Dan R. and Calvin Miller. Prayer Walking: A Journey of Faith. Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2002.

Cymbala, Jim. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.

Dietz, Eddie. What Does Prayer Enable God to Do? Cherokee, NC: Mountain Gospel Publishing, 1998.

Dobson, Shirley. Certain Peace in Uncertain Times: Embracing Prayer in an Anxious Age. Portland: Multnomah, 2002.

Elmore, Tim, John D. Hull, John C. Maxwell. Pivotal Praying: Connecting With God in Times of Great Need. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2002.

Floyd, Ronnie W. How to Pray. Nashville: Word Publishing, 1999.

Franklin, John, Compiler. A House of Prayer. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1999.

Graf, Jonathan. The Power of Personal Prayer. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002.

Helms, Elaine. If My People…Pray: Steps to Effective Church Prayer Ministry. Marietta, GA: Church Prayer Ministries, 2000.

Hemphill, Ken. The Prayer of Jesus. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001.

Howard, Evan B. Praying the Scriptures. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999.

Hunt, T.W. and Claude V. King. In God’s Presence. Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1994.

Jennings, Ben. The Arena of Prayer. Orlando: New Life Publications, 1999.

Johnstone, Patrick. Operation World: 21st Century Edition. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2001.

Kamstra, Douglas A. The Praying Church Idea Book. Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2001.

Lucado, Max, Ed. A Thirst for God: Studies on the Lord’s Prayer. Nashville: Word, Publishing, 1999.

Lucas, Daryl J., Ed. 107 Questions Children Ask About Prayer. Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1998.

McHenry, Janet Holm. Prayerwalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength and Discipline. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 2001.

McIntosh, Doug. God Up Close: How to Meditate on God’s Word. Chicago: Moody Press, 1998.

Mehl, Ron. A Prayer That Moves Heaven. Portland: Multnomah Press, 2002.

Moore, Beth. Praying God’s Word. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000.

Murphey, Cecil. Invading the Privacy of God. Ann Arbor: Servant Publications, 1997.

Omartian, Stormie. The Power of a Praying Husband. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, Inc., 2001.

_______________. The Power of a Praying Parent. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers Inc., 1995.

_______________. The Power of a Praying Wife. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, Inc., 1997.

Otis, George, Jr. Informed Intercession. Ventura: Renew Books, 1999.

Parkhurst, Louis Gifford, Jr., Ed. Principles of Prayer. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2001.

Patterson, Ben. Deepening Your Conversation With God. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1999.

Pier, Mac and Katie Sweeting. The Power of a City at Prayer: What Happens When Churches Unite for Renewal. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

Ramon, Brother. The Prayer Mountain. Norwich: Cantebury Press, 1998.

Richards, Larry. Every Prayer and Petition in the Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998.

Sheets, Dutch. Watchman Prayer. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2000.

Sherrer, Quin and Ruthanne Garlock. How to Pray for Your Children. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1998.

Sherrer, Quin. Praying Prodigals Home. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2000.

Spear, Wayne R. Talking to God. Pittsburg: Crown & Covenant Publications, 2002.

Spurgeon, Charles H. Twelve Sermons on Prayer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1996.

Teykl, Terry. How to Pray After You’ve Kicked the Dog. Muncie, IN: Prayer Point Press, 1999.

Vander Griend, Alvin J. Developing a Prayer-Care-Share Lifestyle. Grand Rapids: Hope Ministries, 1999.

Wagner, C. Peter. Churches That Pray: How Prayer Can Help Revitalize Your Congregation and Break Down the Walls Between Your Church and Your Community. Ventura: Regal Books, 1997.

_______________. Praying With Power: How To Pray Effectively and Hear Clearly from God. Ventura: Regal Books, 1997.

Washington, James Melvin, Ed. Conversations With God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans. New York: Harper Collins Books, 1994.

Wright, C. Thomas. Pray Timer: Real Time for Real Prayer. Alpharetta, GA: North American Mission Board, 2001.

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