Prayer is such an important part of a believers life. It is something we are told to do without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. While we can't pray ALL of the time we can do it often by simply living a life of prayer. What do I mean by that? Just be in a constant attitude of worship and prayer to our Father. I am not perfect at prayer but it is something very dear to me. I was not raised up being taught how to pray nor was it modeled in front of me which is probably one of the reasons I have so many books on the subject in an effort to learn as much as I can about prayer. What it is? What is its purpose? Who can do it? Why we do it and so on??
This is one of the reasons I am excited to share with you my favorite books on prayer. These books along with teaching from my Pastor and just praying myself have changed my life. You know the old saying practice makes perfect- well I am far from perfect but I am learning more all the time and the way we get better at doing a thing is by practicing it often - the same way someone would practice often at a particular sport or playing the piano, etc.
The books in my picture are the following:
7 Absolutes to Pray Over Your Kids by Blaine Bartel
Praying to Get Results and
The Art of Prayer - A Handbook on How to Pray by Kenneth E. Hagin
The following 8 books are all by Stormie Omartian
The Power of a Praying Husband
The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional
The Power of a Praying Wife
The Power of a Praying Parent
The Power of Praying Together
The Power of a Praying Woman
The Power of Praying Through the Bible
The Power of a Praying Life
A Woman's Call to Prayer - Making Your Desire to Pray a Reality by Elizabeth George
I also have Stormie Omartian's Book "The Power of a Praying Teen" (not pictured because it is with my boys devotion books).
A few of my favorite verses on prayer are:
Phillipians 4:6 says (Amplified) Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
Mark 11:24 Jesus says For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
Matthew 6:7 Jesus again teaching says And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.
Just talk plain. We don't have to use fancy words or be an awesome speaker to talk to our Heavenly Father. He desires for us to talk to him and have a relationship with Him.
The best teacher on how to pray is Jesus Himself. In Matthew 6:9-13 he says this:
9 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([a]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [b]given up resentment against) our debtors.
13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
You can read about my prayer journal/binder or my prayer card notebook that I wrote about in earlier posts by clicking the links. You can also click here to read my posts in an ongoing series I am working my way through using Stormie Omartian's book "The Power of a Praying Parent" or to read my post on Specific Prayer here.