EDITED BY Herbert F. Brokering
This introductory volume of Luther’s prayers includes 185 prayers arranged by topic with brief comments for the editor. Luther had a directness in praise, thankfulness, confession and petitioning. He was very honest about his struggles and that frees us up to admit ours. The indexes prove useful for those who take the editor's suggestion and read the prayers as a commentary on Luther's catechism. The collection itself is a good introduction to Luther's style and the rhythm of his language; he was an ordinary person with an extraordinarily approach to prayer. You won’t be disappointed in purchasing this book.
THE BARBER WHO WANTED TO PRAY
By R.C. Sproul
“This imaginative tale, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a 500-year-old story—a story about a barber and his famous customer.
Master Peter is a barber well known to all in his village. One day, when Martin Luther the Reformer walks into his shop, the barber musters up the courage to ask the outlawed monk how to pray. Dr. Luther responds by writing a letter to the barber (a letter that we know today as the book, A Simple Way to Pray!). The barber’s life is changed as he encounters a model for prayer by using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ Creed.”
The 500th anniversary celebration of the beginning of the reformation is an appropriate time to purchase and read this book to the family. At the same time it would be good to purchase the translated copy of A Simple Way to Pray! by Martin Luther. Both will be a blessing.
A Simple Way to Pray - Martin Luther
MADE TO PRAY
By Chris Heinz
Chris Heinz claims he discovered for himself the key to having an enjoyable, effective, and enduring prayer life he always wanted. The author shares a personal story for each of twelve different prayer types. Also he shares a character in the Bible who used this prayer type. Heinz releases a fresh vision for prayer and helps you identify your best prayer types. Different ways to pray are described in detail; each with a biblical icon and useful examples of ways to think about prayer and its different forms and functions. MADE TO PRAY is a great read with a lot of practical advice. This is a great book that examines 12 different types of prayer.
I'd recommend taking the online prayer assessment (http://www.csheinz.com/made-to-pray/prayer-assessment) to know what type(s) of prayer you naturally gravitate toward - that allows a more "personal" feel to the book so you're able to really read about your types!
While I consider myself a seasoned intercessor, this book helped me re-engage and refocus on praying. It helped me return to fundamental basics in strategizing how to pray. Below are three quotes from Chris Heinz:
Praying the News
By Wendy Griffith & Craig Von Buseck
“In Praying the News, concerned readers will find a practical guide to discovering the power, joy and peace of partnering with God. Veteran news reporters Wendy Griffith and Craig von Buseck offer an unvarnished assessment of the media as well as a comprehensive biblical plan for effective, world-changing prayer. They tell behind the scenes stories not only of effective prayer for the news but also stories of their prophetic intercession while reporting the news. Bad news is no match for the Good News of God’s kingdom!”
Often the news can be discouraging and you feel like the world around you is spinning out of control. PRAYING THE NEWS from two veteran Christian journalists gives the reader new insight and action steps for daily life. They combine their personal stories with practical insights and a Biblical perspective. I recommend "Praying the News" to anyone who needs a fresh reminder or renewed motivation to pray after hearing or reading today's troubling news.
The Circle Maker And Praying Circles around Your Children
According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, “Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker―a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
Mark Batterson also shares in his other book, Praying Circles around Your Children,
a perfect blend of biblical yet practical advice that will revolutionize your prayer life by giving you a new vocabulary and a new methodology. You’ll see how prayer is your secret weapon. Through stories of parents just like you, Batterson shares five prayer circles that will not only help you pray for your kids, but also pray through your kids.
Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids
By Stephane Kendrick and Alex Kendrick with Amy Parker
“As kids grow, their prayer lives need to grow too—but how? Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick offer a strategy that kids can use to figure out how prayer works and just how powerful it is. Lots of great explanation is combined with fun activities, illustrations, and journaling prompts to get kids thinking and praying.”
“This companion book to the movie War Room contains 32 perforated journal pages kids can use to write specific prayers and then post them on the walls in their prayer room—just like the characters in the movie.
What is prayer?
Why should I pray?
Where do I pray?
Is there a wrong way to pray?
What should I pray for?
Does God really hear me?”
This book is a training book for prayer. It could be used in various ways with different age groups. The chapters are organized into five subtopics. The book could be used as a daily or weekly devotional in a family or classroom setting.
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The Daniel Prayer
By Anne Graham Lotz
“Anne Graham Lotz has found while prayer does work, sometimes the “pray-ers” don’t. So she has turned to the prophet Daniel for help.”
This book will help readers pray effectively for their nation, for their families, and for themselves.
Anne has tremendous insight into Scripture. This is a book not only on Daniel’s prayer found in Daniel chapter 9 but also a general book on prayer. She leaves the reader with much to chew on. Her challenge to a more consistent, focused life of prayer is compelling. She attempts to get American Christians as well as others to pray Daniel Prayers. The last section of her book, Patterns for Prayer, has several prayer patterns to help the reader understand what she has been teaching and to use as a guide. She makes it crystal clear she in no way thinks she has perfected her own prayer life. Her section on confession lets the reader walk through some of her struggles.
This is one of the better books I have read on prayer that. Having studied Daniel 9, I can attest to the author’s accuracy and insights. I appreciated her personal examples and stories of how she has put the principles in practice. The book is well worth reading and putting into practice. Anne Graham Lotz has written a very timely book, especially in view of the elections looming ahead.
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Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
By Timothy Keller
One of the best books on prayer I have read. It will make you think and grow in your prayer journey. Pastor Keller emphasizes in this book how we as Christians can grow in our approach to prayer and how it has been done through history.
(Kevin P. Halloran wrote this review of the book. I feel he has done it well and want to share it.)
This book is divided into five parts, each comprising from two to five chapters. Part one is called "Desiring Prayer," which answers the "why?" question about prayer and digs into its necessity, mapping out the terrain for the rest of the book.
Part two, "Understanding Prayer," describes the many differing views of prayer from many vantage points including world religions, the non-religious, and various Christian traditions. He then moves to discuss how prayer is our response to God's Word and share how the Trinity is essential to true prayer.
Part three, "Learning Prayer," interacts with great theologians from church history (Augustin, Luther, and Calvin), sharing their instruction and methods in prayer. (I was especially helped by Keller's interaction with Luther's teaching on meditation on Scripture and the Holy Spirit "preaching to us" in prayer.) Keller then moves on to prescribe modeling our prayers along the Lord's Prayer before laying out a biblical and balanced grid of what prayer is, what it requires, what it gives, and where it takes us.
Part four, "Deepening Prayer," dives deeper into meditation and the experiential aspect of prayer, interacting with theologians like John Owen, J.I. Packer, Jonathan Edwards, and C.S. Lewis along gleaning truth and offering critique of medieval and Catholic practices of mystical prayer.
Part five, "Doing Prayer," practically teaches just that: the place of praise in prayer, the role of the gospel in prayer, and our ability to ask for help in prayer. The last chapter offers a guide for daily prayer, sharing sample devotions and methods to practice.
I plan to apply the following thoughts from this book:
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INVITING GOD INTO THE PROCESS
By Dave Butts
Is positive change truly possible in our nation? YES! THROUGH PRAYER.
As we pray- even as one solitary person – we team up with the Creator of the universe to change situations. This non-partisan prayer guide provides Scriptures and prayer points to pray around seven key topics. Let it increase your passion and effectiveness as you pray through it.
This election prayer guide was adapted from Prayer Connect, Issue 25, “There’s Still Hope: A Call for United Prayer for our Elections.”
About the Author: David Butts is the chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee and the president of Harvest Prayer Ministries.
This election prayer guide covers seven major areas that relate to our national elections:
The United States needs prayer not only from its citizens but from Christians around the world. This handbook can provide guidance.
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Praying like Jesus the Messiah
By Harry Wendt
The goal of Praying Like Jesus the Messiah is to help people see Jesus the Messiah as the model for all they think, say, and do - including how they approach their prayer life. It is designed for use as a study course in a group setting but can be used as a “personal read.”
The first two units set the stage for understanding Jesus’ message and ministry as God’s “final Word” in relation to the practice of prayer. Unit 3-5 deal with prayer in general, the Lord’s Prayer, and the practice of prayer in relation to all we think, say, and do.
Praying Like Jesus the Messiah also contains three supplementary sections. The first of these, titled Learning to pray Jesus’ Way. The second contains suggested prayers for use in a variety of situation. The third, titled Points to Ponder, contains short statements that offer food for spiritual thought.
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Mighty Prevailing Prayer
By Wesley L. Duewel
Wesley Duewel provides sound exposition of prevailing prayer and practical suggestions for ways to prayer. If you want to know the secrets of how to prevail with God, and over Satan, this book is one to read; it comes with my recommendation. Included here are a few of those suggestions.
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Experiencing GOD through PRAYER
By Madame Jeanne Guyon
This a simple little book that can be read quickly. Therefore one can read it more than once. Madame Guyon teaches a person to pray from the heart not the head. She encourages Bible meditation on a short section of scripture and let this lead into praying the Word. Guyon tells the believer to remember that the main objective is to focus on God’s presence and accomplish His will on earth through you. Below are a few additional thoughts presented by Guyon:
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The Practice of the Presence of God
By Brother Lawrence
“Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end." He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence. For nearly 300 years this unparalleled classic has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.”
This book gives the reader insight on how to deepen one's relationship with God. In a world full of "doing", "performing", "keeping up with the Joneses", and an innumerable other distractions and pressures, Brother Lawrence was a man gifted by God to have the vision of true fellowship with God. He tells us simply that being a Christian means to have a constant love relationship with God, only made possible through Jesus Christ's sacrifice.
Here are a few of the key thoughts I want to remember from Brother Lawrence:
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Begin the Journey With the Daily Office
By Peter Scazzero
We are staying at the home of missionary friends Matt and Jacinda Basinger while they are on home leave in USA. On their bookshelf I found a book by Peter Scazzero with the title Begin the Journey with the Daily Office. “The basic premise of the Daily Office is simple: We need to stop intentionally to be with God more than once a day so that the practice of ‘the presence of God’ becomes a real possibility.” The book’s purpose is to introduce you to a revolutionary spiritual discipline called the “Daily Office.” The word Office comes from the Latin word opus, or “work.” For the early church, the Daily Office was always the “work of God.” Here are a few of the elements of each Office (devotion) he presents:
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Praying the Bible - The Pathway to Spirituality
By Wesley & Stacey Campbell
We have the good fortune right now to be staying at the home of missionaries Shane and Mel Sinclair while they are on home leave in Australia. On their bookshelf I found a book about prayer by Wesley and Stacey Campbell. It is written from a very open and honest viewpoint concerning the struggle many Christians have with the art of prayer. One of their major conclusions is that Christians need guidance on how to become more prayerful.
“The authors share their own exciting personal prayer experiences as they guide you through the seven steps – how to pray, when to pray, and more – to a deeper connection with God. This book is practical and revelational, historical and educational - …”
Here are three quotes I would like to remember:
By Don Richardson
“Peace Child” was first published in 1974 and in a few short years became well known. I had read it several years ago, but couldn’t recall the details. It caught my attention again on a bookshelf in Sentani, Papua. I looked at the author’s introduction. The author, Don Richardson signed his name at the end of the introduction. Beneath his signature were the letters RBMU, Sentani, Irian Jaya Indonesia. RMBU stands for Regions Beyond Missionary Union. Irian Jaya has since changed its name to Papua. This weekcertainly was the appropriate time for me to reread the book. Missionaries are known for their strong prayer life and this proved to be true in Don and Carol’s life experiences.
“Still living in the Stone Age and, until 1962, still isolated from all but the nearby tribes, the Sawi people of Netherlands New Guinea were headhunting cannibals who pillowed their heads on the skulls of their victims."
In the pages of his book, Don Richardson narrates firsthand the gripping account of how The Peace Child brought true peace at last to the Sawi people. It is hard to believe this took place during my life time and that I am actually now living for a few months on this island. If you have not read The Peace Child, it will certainly open your eyes how God can work through people to share His love.
AND THE PLACE WAS SHAKEN
HOW TO LEAD A POWERFUL PRAYER MEETING
“And the Place Was Shaken makes an impassioned plea for churches to grow in passion for Jesus through praying together. It identifies for leaders of prayer the four responsibilities they must execute in guiding God’s people, and it gives practical suggestions for how to fulfill them.” According to the author these four responsibilities are:
1. Discerning the activity of God
2. Shepherding the people of God
3. Designing a God-centered format
4. Facilitating activities that involve participants
John Franklin's book is a reasonable "how-to" manuscript for reinvigorating the church prayer meeting and making it an effective kingdom activity. I would recommend this to anyone who's looking to establish vibrant prayer meetings.
Franklin has also written a 26-week study guide designed to be used in conjunction with his book. http://files.stablerack.com/webfiles/70168/andtheplacewasshakinprayerguide.pdf
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_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ASK, SEEK, KNOCK
By Richard Lieske
This book is one of the DISCIPLESHIP SERIES Bible studies produced by Concordia Publishing House.
The four sixty minute sessions on how to pray help the Christian dig into Scripture and explore some of the primary teachings on the topic of prayer.
Session 1 – The Power to Pray
Session 2 – Trusting His Answer
Session 3 – Praying with One Will
Session 4 – Your Prayers Matter
A very helpful addition is the Leader’s Guide which provides suggestions for directing the lesson. A focus, goals, a central truth, key scriptures, and other practical suggestions are presented for each session. These four guided lessons can be a beginning stage for learning how to carry on a lifetime of loving conversations with God through thoughts and words.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ MEETING ANANIAS
By Jim Tino
“For more than 25 years, Pastor James Tine has been inspiring people in congregations and classrooms around the world with real life examples of God’s grace and power at work! Here, Rev. Tino shares ten of his favorite stories in one volume, filled with lessons from God that he learned while serving as a missionary in Venezuela. Sometimes heartwarming, sometimes challenging, these true stories will encourage and inspire you to know God more deeply, and will open the eyes of your heart to understand the Word of God in a way that is fresh and invigorating.”
My wife and I personally recommend purchasing this book from Tri-Pillar Publishing Anaheim Hills, California.
5 Things You Can Do To Have A Faithful Prayer Life
By Robert H. Hiller
This book is part of “The You Can Do It Series published by Concordia Publishing House. This series encourages and equips believers to live out life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, being formed and shaped by God’s Word. Written in a clear and encouraging style, each of these topical books gives Christians achievable goals for strengthening their faith and relationships. Each book features a consistent presentation of a topic in five parts with each part consisting of a presentation, summary, discussion questions, and several action steps.
About This Volume:
“We want to be faithful in our prayers, but even if we know how to pray, how can we make time to pray? How can we be faithful in our prayers? How often should we pray? For whom should we pray?
This volume will equip you to:
• See regular church attendance as the best foundation for a faithful prayer life
• Make time to pray
• Prepare to pray
• Use God's own Word to shape your prayers
• Meet the struggle that leads to a faithful and regular prayer life.”
Hiller provides throughout this small book very practical suggestions how one’s prayer life can grow and mature. I especially appreciate the first chapter concerning church attendance. The Law and Gospel is explained well and delivers an excellent explanation of how they are tied with prayer.
Prayer: We Speak to God