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The goal of this course is to help students discover the adventure God desires prayer to be, and to deepen their own relationship with Him through it. The student will gain a scripturally-based understanding of the vital importance of prayer for the Christian life and benefit from several practical strategies for pursuing it personally.


Leader's Guide
  1. Ascertain the priority God places on prayer in Scripture.
  2. Discern the necessity of prayer for effective Christian ministry to others.
  3. Identify several key biblical passages which underscore different ways to pray, including intercessory prayer, fasting and praying with others.
  4. Comprehend several obstacles to prayer and how to overcome them.
  5. Develop effective strategies for coping with unanswered prayer.
  6. Ascertain a biblical understanding of what it means to persevere in prayer and to live prayerfully in God’s presence.
  • I really enjoyed the subject on prayer I learned somethings that I didn’t know before.

    — David Eugene, United States (US)
  • While they are all really good, this course was the best and most instructive so far.  

    — Jeffrey, United States (US)
  • Realistic and helpful  

    — Charles, Singapore
  • I so learned from both the Scriptures and the quotes from others about prayer and our relationship with God.

    — Wendy, Canada
  • Great study on prayer. Thank you!

    — Lynette, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed the course very much. I should’ve completed the final exam and assessment sooner after completing the coursework

    — Kevin, United States (US)
  • This was my first class with Our Daily Bread University. Dr. Banks is a great teacher. I learned so much about prayer, and I look…

    — Robyn, United States (US)
  • I truly learned a lot from this course. I want so much to be more like Jesus in my everyday life. Daily my desire is…

    — Leilani, United States (US)
  • This course inspired me to pray and taught me truths about prayer I had never heard before. I have already applied the truths to my…

    — E, United States (US)
  • This course really challenged me. I am the better for it. It really gave me the information needed to pray better, and understanding of why…

    — Stephanie, United States (US)
  • God Bless You All! Thank You For the Wonderful Information!

    — Christopher, United States (US)
  • Great lessons and teaching tools and techniques used regarding prayers. Numerous lessons tried to the subjects helped me.

    — Michelle, United States (US)
  • This was such a beautiful, helpful, inspiring, comprehensive lesson on prayer. I am truly thankful for this course. My heart has been touched and my…

    — Laurie, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed listening to James Banks, his style of lecturing was relaxed but at the same time affirmative. He truly believes in what he is…

    — Ray, United Kingdom (UK)
  • This course was so rich with personal help for my prayer life. Thank you so very much.

    — Carita, United States (US)
  • stimulating and encouraging

    — Judith, United Kingdom (UK)
  • I so appreciate being able to listen to lectures from a true Christian leader and teacher, and respond to questions in my own home, and…

    — Sara, United States (US)
  • Life changing

    — Anthony, United States (US)
  • Loved this course. I do recommend it to others.

    — Mark, United States (US)
  • I enjoyed this course. I learned a lot about unanswered prayer and persevering in prayer.

    — Lisa, Trinidad and Tobago
  • It was a great lesson and course. Very insightful and helped me grow closer to God.

    — Bjorn, United States (US)
  • This was an inspiring and greatly encouraging course, I thought it was excellent and have recommended it to others in my church. Thank you.

    — Kathryn, United Kingdom (UK)
  • The course was informative and cause me to think about my prayer life and devote time to being with my God.

    — Tommie, United States (US)
  • I’ve read this course a couple of times and decided to enroll to receive the full benefit. I’m glad I did. It provided insight and…

    — Kimberly, United States (US)
  • What a blessing to listen & learn under Dr. Banks.

    — Tim, United States (US)
  • Really enjoyed the course, thank you.

    — Schalk, South Africa
  • Truly enjoyed this course, thank you!

    — Toni, South Africa
  • Thank you, this was a very insightful journey into prayer, and it covered a lot of areas that I had never considered about prayer.

    — Sterling, United States (US)
  • Great lecture.

    — Loria, United States (US)
  • Excellent course with simple explanations about why Christians need to continuously build a closer relationship with Christ through prayer.

    — Nana, Canada
  • Although this course may have been the “basics”, it was refreshing and enlightening. I think we all need to get back to the basics.

    — Sophia, United States (US)
  • Blessed

    — Josepha, Indonesia
  • Very informative and enlightening.

    — Jay, United States (US)
  • I went into this course skeptical due to my raising and how I was taught to pray in certain ways and came out of this…

    — Lavonda, United States (US)
  • Overall, I enjoyed the course.

    — Jamey, United States (US)
  • The course was excellent and the lecturer was knowledgeable on the subject.

    — Melisza, United States (US)
  • Thank you for offering these courses. It really helpful to me as I’m living a nomadic life currently and while I attend church, it’s not…

    — Beth, United States (US)
  • I absolutely loved this course. Thank you!!

    — Marci, United States (US)
  • I learned so much from this course! And I will share it with as many people as I possibly can!

    — Melissa, United States (US)
  • I gained a lot of inside from this course.

    — Laurie, United States (US)
  • I loved the way this course was delivered. I am relatively new to Christianity and I am trying to catch up on everything about it.…

    — Richard, United Kingdom (UK)
  • Great course. I learned a lot about prayer in this course and how it relates to our relationship with the Father and Jesus.

    — Terry, United States (US)
  • I like the parts where known people are used as an illustration. It impressed in me that the trust and living dependent on God is…

    — Renato, Canada
  • This was my first course, so I do not have any other ones to compare it to. However, if they are all as well done…

    — Autumn, United States (US)
  • Great insights. Thank you.

    — Leslie, Canada
  • This lesson re-ignited in me a strong desire to prayerfully be in the presence of the Lord. With the distractions of this world, I had…

    — Tracey, United States (US)
  • Each lesson in this course was very insightful and provided many thought on which to ponder.

    — Horace, United States (US)
  • Great reminder about prayer and the significance and importance of continually walking in it.

    — Leon, Canada
  • This course helped me understand prayer and its power. I understand God will not answer prayer the way we want but I know He is…

    — David, United States (US)
  • I really enjoy Dr. Banks’ lecture style. He was very easy to listen to and his content was succinct and well organized.

    — Rockne, United States (US)

Class Content

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Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Course Wrap-Up
Basic Level

Class Details

  • 10 Lessons
  • 41 Activities
  • 11 Assessments
  • 17 Min Average
  • 5 Hrs Minimum
  • .5 CEUs
  • Class Award

James Banks, DMin