Devoted to Prayer
October 12, 2019

Workshop and lecture sessions dedicated to prayer.

The early disciples “with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer“(Acts 1:14) and the apostles committed that “we will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word“(Acts 6:4).

Growing in our communication with God takes commitment and resolve. Yet we often have questions and concerns about prayer: how to do it, how to get better at it, and why it sometimes doesn’t seem to work.

Audio from each session is below. Click the session title to access the audio (opens in a new window). Video of the two general lectures is also available.

Workshop Sessions

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Breakout Session 1Building Prayer Habits

    – The Prayer Habits of Jesus (Shane Carrington)
    – The Prayer Habits of David (Ryan Goodwin)
    – Developing Family Prayer Habits (Drew Nelson)

Morning Lecture: What is the Point of Prayer?  (VIDEO)  (John Duvall)

Breakout Session 2 – Adding Depth to Prayer: The Prayers of Paul

    – Praying for Others’ Spiritual Growth (Drew Nelson)
    – Praying for Gospel Opportunities (Ryan Goodwin)
    – Ladies’ Study: How Prayer Helps Anxiety (Sarah Hudgins)

Breakout Session 3 -Tough Questions about Prayer

    – Why Does God Tell Us No? (Chuck Durham)
    – How Do I Pray for My Enemies? (John Duvall)
    – Elders, Oil, Confession–James 5:13-18 (Shane Carrington)

Afternoon Lecture: Does Prayer Make a Difference? (VIDEO) (Chuck Durham)


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Shane CarringtonShane Carrington
Shane Carrington began preaching in 1986 in Texas. Since 1999 he as worked with the Southside Church of Christ in Sulphur Springs, Texas as the local evangelist, and as a Shepherd since 2013. Shane is married, the father of two daughters, a son-in-law and a son-in-law to be. He and his wife, Kelly, also have a granddaughter and are expected another grandbaby in April.


Ryan GoodwinRyan Goodwin
Ryan Goodwin was raised in Portland, OR and attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University. He has been preaching for fifteen years, currently working with the East Shelby Church of Christ near Memphis, TN. Ryan is an avid distance runner, husband, and father of three.