What happens when you ask a group of Christian bloggers about their favorite resource to grow your prayer life? They’ll share their top book recommendations, insights, and encouragement. Why? It’s because all of us seek to grow in this important part of our relationship with God: Communicating with the Creator of life, honoring Him inner speech while approaching Him just as we are.
Welcome to Mini-Tip Monday. Give me three minutes of your week, and I’ll show you a quick and powerful Bible study hack to deepen your time in God’s Word. Is a complete tutorial too overwhelming? Or are you just hungry for more? Here is your bite-sized Bible tip to start off your week with Scripture confidence.
Are you eager to learn more about prayer? The available books and resource are truly overwhelming. So today, we are giving you a place to start.
2. Check out the book recommendations of my fellow bloggers below.
3. Then, we are all curious. What's you favorite book or resource on prayer? Share with us in the comments below.
Stephanie Page from Page of Joy
Prayer is often viewed as a one-way, request-filled, monologue verbally shot up into heaven… But I believe God has a rich plan for believers who obey His directions for prayer-filled lives and pursue Him in prayer. God has done a great work of growth in my heart as I’ve practiced praying Scripture. Sometimes I pray: “Lord, I cast all of my cares upon You because You care for me.” (from 1 Peter 5:7), “God, You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (from 1 Timothy 1:7), “Great are You Lord, and greatly to be praised! Your greatness is unsearchable.” (from Psalm 145:3), and “The joy of knowing You, Lord, is my strength” (from Nehemiah 8:10). Often I pray Scriptures filled with worship, repentance, lament and hope. Keeping pretty Bible verses all around my home helps me to continually abide in the Word and be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Amazing, isn’t it, the way He invites us into His very presence through prayer and then uses it to refine our hearts in the process? Print off some free, pretty, printable Bible verse cards here: http://www.pageofjoy.com/gift/.
Cindy Barnes from Go - Gather - Grow
Of all the books I have read on prayer over the past 36 years in the faith, this book, Praying Backwards, by Bryan Chappell, is the one book that has revolutionized my prayer life.
The author, Bryan Chappell, says in his book, “The name of Jesus is not a genie in a bottle or a magic formula to getting whatever it is we want. It is not a wishing well.”
When we take the focus off ourselves and how we want our prayers answered (do it this way God) and place the focus on Him by praying "Thy Will be done" at the beginning of our prayers and even throughout our prayers, we will see greater answers to prayer than telling God how He should handle our requests. By letting God answer our petitions and requests in the best way He sees fit, then we will be blessed with God's very best for us as opposed to putting God in a box and defining how we see the answer to be.
Praying backwards is an attitude of the heart (pg 27). Are you ready to have a stronger prayer life in Him?
Rosanne Bowman from Divine Ordinary
There are two books I always point people to if they are looking for a good resource on prayer. The first book is The Hour That Changes the World by Dick Eastman. This book really changed my view on prayer. I always knew it was powerful, but God really showed me how prayer can make a much bigger impact on much bigger issues than I thought. I also love it because it offers a practical plan for prayer – not just the suggestion that you should be praying. The second book is by Beth Moore called Praying God’s Word. It actually breaks things down topically and gives relevant verses to pray for those things. While these two books are wonderful, practical resources on prayer, I can’t NOT mention this final book. It’s actually a fiction book called The Yadda Yadda Prayer Group by Netta Jackson. I read this book years ago, and it really made me long for a better prayer life of my own, and it introduced me to the idea of praying Scripture. It really was the impetuous to pushing me to build a powerful prayer life of my own.
For years I felt “less than” in my prayer life, as a growing Christian. Eagerly I’d read new books on theology and prayer and intensely beautiful devotion time ideas with God. Intent was never a problem, as I attempted to implement what worked for others. Then, life happened. The kids would get sick, or I’d fall asleep during prayer time, or get distracted and dismayed as my brain attempted to interject shopping list items during my efforts. My heart filled with fragments of shame because I felt like I was failing. Failing God. Then, aprecious book came into my hands that changed everything. Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody made me giggle with recognition. There were others? Yep. Because we are all different, and that is no surprise to our creator! It was refreshing to hear another woman talk about her own perceived shortcomings, and then surround us BOTH with truth. Prayer isn’t a rote formula. At times, patterns are excellent tools that bring us closer to Him. But for the highly distractible types? There was freedom in knowing that prayer is a conversation between friends, because God invites us into such relationship. It can be Holy to be who we are instead of berating ourselves for who we aren’t.
Sonya Rottman from Healthy Living Mom
Prayer. It can be as simple as just us talking with God, but sometimes He has so much more for us related to prayer than we could even begin to imagine. Over the years, God has taught me so many different perspectives in prayer, through prayer, and by prayer. This is why one of my all–time favorite books is Richard Foster’s, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. Foster explores a variety of different types of prayers—or ways of praying—21 to be exact. His book affirms that there is no “right” way to pray, but rather to pray always. My prayer for you is that your heart will be stirred to discover new ways of praying, and perhaps one of the ways that Foster suggests. May your interest in learning more about prayer deepen your understanding, while knitting your heart together with His heart.
Liz Rigby from Plunge Deep, Climb Steep
My favorite way to pray is by using a basic journal. I always special order myself a pretty one for that specific purpose. I write down not only my family and friends’ prayer requests, but my own spiritual issues, as well as updates from my church’s missionary prayer letters. I use the ACTS acronym to pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. I have a separate corner of our master bedroom set up as my prayer corner; it has a cushy chair and throw blanket, a cork board that I covered in pretty fabric, 3x5 cards, and my church’s prayer bulletin. Other resources that I absolutely love are the different prayer maps found here. They include a World Prayer Map, an America Prayer Map, and a Children’s World Prayer Map. I’m in the process of setting up a prayer wall for the whole family that will include one of these maps and a place they can tack their requests, and I’m so excited!