Editors’ note: 

You can read an excerpt from Carson’s Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Baker, 2nd ed.) titled “8 Lessons from the School of Prayer.”

Prayer, as we’ve highlighted at The Gospel Coalition, is both duty and privilege, both grueling and glorious. Every follower of King Jesus is summoned to enroll in the school of prayer. In a brand-new group study curriculum, D. A. Carson and Brian Tabb help us pray with the inspired apostle Paul. Our publishing partner, LifeWay, says of the study:

It’s doubtful there is any Christian who hasn’t sometimes found it difficult to pray. In itself this is neither surprising nor depressing: it’s not surprising, since we are still pilgrims with many lessons to learn; it’s not depressing, since struggling with such matters is part of the way we learn. God doesn’t demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately, author D. A. Carson says. The apostle Paul found the kind of spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father that’s available to all of us. Praying with Paul leads group members into the epistles to see what the apostle taught in his “school of prayer.” In eight sessions, group members will be exposed to the priorities of prayer, a God-centered framework for prayer, and practices for a more meaningful and dynamic prayer life. Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.

Kit Includes:

  • Small-group member study guide
  • 2 DVDs with a promotional video and eight 20-minute video teaching sessions from Carson


  • Teaching from D. A. Carson
  • Biblically rooted, gospel-centered content
  • Leader tips
  • Fresh commentary for personal study segments
  • Eight-session study guide with group and personal component
  • In-depth video presentation
  • Group experience driven by content from Carson’s book on prayer

Watch D. A. Carson preview the resource here. You can also view sample teaching segments and purchase Praying with Paul here.