Are you ready to Live PURPOSEFULLY
As women of faith cultivating a strong prayer life should be one of our biggest priorities. Realistically, it’s also one of our biggest struggles. We battle consistency and struggle to find the time, the words, and the tools to help nurture this precious gift of communication with our Daddy upstairs.
And although there’s so much more to prayer than any book could possibly teach you, there are 4 books I’ve read over the past few years that have been foundational in helping me get in my rhythm and cultivate a prayer life. They certainly aren’t the end all to prayer, but they are certainly worth mentioning, reading, and sharing with your friends.
And of course (I always feel like I should leave a disclaimer) none of these books could ever replace the necessity of studying the Bible itself. But what I appreciate about each and every one of them is their focus on scripture and how they are able to take instruction from the Word of God and demonstrate to readers how to act on that instruction. That to me is priceless.
Okay, now that we’ve covered all the basics, let’s take a look at these four books.
4 Books To Help Nurture Your Prayer Life
Fervent by Priscilla Shirer This book helped me realize how active prayer really is in our lives. Through Fervent you’ll learn how to strategically pray scripture over key areas of your life such as your marriage, family, work, future, purpose, and identity (to name a few).
Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore was designed to help women overcome areas of struggle in their lives. It covers topics like idolatry, pride, unbelief, insecurity, food-related strongholds, fear, guilt. Beth pulls pages of scripture from the Bible to help readers address these specific areas and equip themselves for a lifestyle of victory.
The Battle Plan for Prayer by The Kendricks Brothers (the producers of the movie War Room!). If you have questions about prayer, this is the book you want to get your hands on. It answers most any question you could have about how to pray and what we are to pray for according to the Bible. This resource is for EVERYONE, from the new Christian on the block to the seasoned ministers who have the heart to become powerful people of prayer. If you have questions about how to pray, what to pray for, who to pray for, or why we even pray at all – this book is for you.
A Wife’s 40 Day Fasting and Prayer Journal by Kaylene Yoder This one is FREE through KindleUnlimited! It goes above and beyond in that it helps you cultivate a lifestyle of prayer. I also really appreciate that this book is specifically for wives who want to put God front and center in their marriage. It’s an incredible read, and honestly, worth reading again and again.
Practice Makes… Perfect?
I know people mean well when they say that, but I want you to know this – as followers of Jesus, we aren’t chasing a cookie cutter prayer life. There isn’t a template you can follow that will get you an A+ with God. Prayer is our way of communicating with God. It’s the way we grow in relationship with Him. Each one of our relationships is going to look a bit different. And that’s ok!
The goal of prayer isn’t to pray perfectly but to redirect our love and attention to God. We want to hear from Him so we can work in partnership with Him. We pray consistently because consistency reinforces and strengthens relationships. You and I should know about the principles of prayer so we can pray in according to them. It’s also important to recognize the difference between prayer as a religious practice, spiritual tool, and relationship component. The Battle Plan for Prayer breaks this down very effectively.
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