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Hear My Prayer

Learning from the Faith of Elijah—A 6-Week Bible Study

IVP Bible Study Experience

by Liz Ditty

Hear My Prayer
  • Length: 160 pages
  • Published: May 14, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: A0624
  • ISBN: 9781514006245

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Does prayer matter?

What we believe about prayer reflects what we believe about God. Maybe you believe God is all-powerful and wise, but not attentive to your little corner of the world? Fortunately, the Bible tells us a different story. Over and over again, we are reminded that God is both great and good, and that we are cared for and fully known by him. So God welcomes all our prayers and invites us to pray about everything—to entrust him with all things both big and small, joyful and enraging, and to pray fervently.

Whether you consider yourself a prayer warrior or prayer newbie (or even a prayer skeptic), you are invited to join this six-week Bible study experience. Liz Ditty, an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader, invites groups and individuals to experience dozens of ways to pray alone and together. As she engages the story of Elijah and his encounters with God, she guides us toward less awkward, more authentic prayer.

A New Bible Study Experience From IVP

These Bible studies offer you a fresh opportunity to engage with Scripture. Each study includes:

  • weekly sessions for a group of any size
  • access to weekly teaching videos
  • five days of individual study and reflection each week

The refreshing, accessible, and insightful content from trusted Bible teachers will encourage you in your faith!

Curriculum Details

With every purchase of Hear My Prayer, you'll receive QR code access to six weekly teaching videos that will enhance your learning and deepen your group discussions. In each video, you'll hear directly from author, spiritual director, and retreat leader Liz Ditty as she opens up Elijah's journey to you, jumpstarting discussion for groups of any size. You'll also receive contemplative, creative, and practical applications that will help attune you to God in a fresh way whether you are a new follower of Jesus or a seasoned Christian.

  • Week 1: Honest Prayers
  • Week 2: Unexpected Answers
  • Week 3: Trusting God to Provide
  • Week 4: Receiving What God Provides
  • Week 5: Forgiveness Prayers
  • Week 6: Prayers of the Delivered

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"Someone once said that faith is not a personal possession until you have suffered. Faith requires the grit and courage to pray in the dark, the determination to become someone who can see it, lead in, and lean into the dark."

Nancy Ortberg, CEO of Transforming the Bay with Christ

"In so many ways, prayer is ground zero for our faith, the center of gravity where all we hope, fear, and believe are intertwined deep within ourselves. In Hear My Prayer, Liz Ditty gets it. She guides the reader into this sacred space with wisdom and gentleness. Friend, whatever your current relationship to prayer, I invite you to bring your whole self to this Bible study and find God's presence here."

Catherine McNiel, author of Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for Our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies

"With her distinct mix of depth, warmth, and pastoral sensitivity, Liz Ditty once again helps us draw closer to the God who so longs for nearness with us. This journey through Elijah's story and the Lord's Prayer will inspire and equip you to experience God more deeply through the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life."

Jay Y. Kim, pastor and author of Analog Christian

"If we are honest, we all long for deeper communion with God and yet find ourselves often stuck or frustrated in our time of prayer. In Hear My Prayer, my friend Liz honestly shares our struggle in prayer and offers a path forward integrating biblical insights, spiritual practices, and practical wisdom into a meaningful and life-giving praying life. Whether you are a new or seasoned follower of Jesus, this book will stir greater hope and intimacy with God!"

David Kim, discipleship and formation pastor at WestGate Church and author of Made to Belong

"What a fresh perspective on prayer you hold in your hands! With creativity and keen biblical insight, Liz Ditty shows us how to attune to God in a fresh way. If you feel lost in how to pray or dry in your experience of God's presence, this study is a tall glass of water for your soul. Our culture is thirsty to experience God in uncertainty, through the hard work of forgiveness, and in the darkness of the valley. Liz Ditty gently takes our hand, gives us excellent practices to try, and walks with us there."

Amy Seiffert, Bible teacher and author of Starved

"This unique Bible study invites readers to not only meditate on biblical passages but also apply it to their lives in contemplative, creative ways both individually and in community. It goes beyond a traditional question-and-answer model and engages almost all your senses, as you learn the foundations of a vibrant prayer life by examining Elijah's story and Jesus' prayer. Whether you want to recharge your prayer life or learn how to pray, Liz Ditty's gentle writing style and solid biblical teaching will encourage you to make conversations with God integral to your life and will deepen your intimacy with God."

Mabel Ninan, author of Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth


How to Use This Book

Week 1: Honest Prayers
Week 2: Unexpected Answers
Week 3: Trusting God to Provide
Week 4: Receiving What God Provides
Week 5: Forgiveness Prayers
Week 6: Prayers of the Delivered

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Liz Ditty

Liz Ditty is a spiritual director, author, preacher, and teacher currently guiding transformative prayer retreats at Mount Hermon Conference Center, nestled in the coastal redwoods of California. A Silicon Valley native and Western Seminary graduate, Liz’s central purpose in all she writes and teaches is to gently draw attention to God's presence in our actual—often challenging—lives. Alongside her supportive husband, two children, and spirited dog, Liz finds joy in sparking connection and community with all her people.