In my book, to be released this October 1st, I write for the first 5 chapters in-depthly about my Walk with the King. I share about my quiet times as a child, teenager, college student, newlywed, and mother.
My walk with God often feels like a hike –some days the journey is easy and other days –it is steep, bumpy and difficult. I have to wrestle my blankets in the morning to get out of bed and turn away from the facebook, instagram and twitter feeds that woo me to come visit them first. But after drinking a tall glass of living water I am always refreshed.
But my time alone with the Lord is not just spent in reading his word, it is also used for a time of prayer and pouring my heart out to God. In February I wrote about my prayer journals and how I put my prayer life in order. That post included a video with my favorite verse on prayer.
Here I want to share with you some of my favorite books on prayer.
Some of my books I could not find around the house. One that is not in the photo below is my prayer book by E.M. Bounds. I love it and have half the book highlighted. lol! (I am actually quite upset I could not locate it for this post because I wanted to give you some great quotes from it!!!)
Another is John Piper’s book titled “A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer” (available for free download if you click on this link)
Fasting seems to be something less and less people do these days –but it is Biblical! (and I don’t mean dieting – I mean fasting with the purpose of drawing closer to God in prayer). In my book, I give a list of tips on how to do a 24 hour fast and share my experience with it along with some quotes from John Piper’s book.
So here are my favorite books on prayer that I pulled off of my bookshelf:
The little black book on top is titled The Valley of Vision. This book is a book of compiled Puritan Prayers. It sits on my nightstand and when I don’t know what or how to pray, I open it and use these prayers to guide me. They are so deep! Click here to read an example of how one of the prayers read.
The second book is by Kay Arthur and it is titled Lord, Teach Me To Pray in 28 Days and it is about the Lord’s Prayer. This book taught me SO much about the Lord’s prayer that I had not considered!
Next is one of my husband’s books – The Remarkable Prayers of the Bible by Jim George. I love all of Elizabeth and Jim George’s books.
Then you will see a trio of Stormie Omartian books: The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Husband and The Power of a Praying Parent. (each of these include a prayer and study guide book) These books are SO practical. They do not teach you how to pray but rather what to pray. She goes through a list of areas in our spouse’s and children’s lives that we can be praying over. We will never master prayer and sometimes when words don’t come easily these books guide me through my prayers for my loved ones.
And the final book is a classic titled Spurgeon on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare by Charles Spurgeon.
“We can teach our children to “say their prayers,” but we cannot teach them to pray…Some of you perhaps may read prayers in the family. I will not denounce the practice, but I will say this much about it; you may read those prayers for 70 years and yet you may never once pray, for prayer is quite a different thing from mere words. True prayer is the trading of the heart with God.”
“You do not need to have scholarship, training, talent, or wit for prayer. Ask, seek, knock –that is all…Will you believe the promise? It is Christ who gives it. No lie ever fell from His lips. Oh, do not doubt Him. Pray on if you have prayed, and if you have never prayed before, may God help you to begin today!”
OH sweet wives and mamas, if we do not pray for our families – who will? Rise up today by lowering to your knees and lifting your loved ones up in prayer.
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
Walk with the King!
Chime In: What are you favorite books or verses from the Bible on prayer?
**This post is a part of the Top 10 Quotes on Marriage and Motherhood Series. Each Monday I am featuring books that were used as a resources for my book that is about to be released October 1st! I want to invite all my blogging friends to join this series by sharing your favorite books and quotes on marriage and motherhood in your blogs and then link it up here so we can read your favorites too! Just put this little graphic in your post and then link up below!