Prayer is an opportunity for us to acknowledge God’s sovereignty and has the potential to transform our lives. Yet, in the hustle of daily routines, many of us find ourselves neglecting this powerful practice. This lack of engagement with prayer can lead to a troubled spirit and a sense of spiritual detachment, marked by fear, anxiety, and a lack of joy. If you are looking for ways to be more intentional about your prayer life, there are several helpful resources to equip you on your journey.
1. A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller
Prayer can be difficult. Often, most of us do not pray unless circumstances prompt us to, such as an unexpected illness or saying grace before dinner. This lack of prayer can leave us feeling distressed and with feelings of anxiety and spiritual depression.
A Praying Life has encouraged thousands of Christians to pursue a vibrant prayer life full of joy and power. A life of prayer is an invitation to a life of connection to God. Discover how prayer is simply making conversation with God a rhythm of life.
2. How to Pray by Pete Greig
If prayer is the most challenging area of your Christian journey, it doesn’t have to be. In How to Pray, Pete Greig, one of the founders of 24-7 Prayer International, introduces people to simple, honest, relevant conversations with God.
How to Pray offers a raw, relevant perspective on prayer for everyone—from the committed follower of Jesus to the skeptic. Full of biblically sound insight, this book offers encouragement and practical methods to refresh your spirit and help you practice life-giving and lifechanging prayer.
3. 7 Ways to Pray by Amy Boucher Pye
In 7 Ways to Pray, Amy Boucher Pye explores ancient prayer practices that can help you encounter God and avoid an over-intellectualization of your faith. Filled real-life examples, rooted in the Bible, and containing prayer exercises for individuals or groups, this is a sourcebook for prayer and not a simple to-do list. This is an excellent resource for a prayer group, retreat, or book club.
Prayer is both a practice and a gift from God. We are always a just a word away from a conversation with God, yet saying that word can sometimes be difficult. 7 Ways to Pray draws from the deep well of Christian history to make praying an enjoyable habit in our crazy, wearying times.
4. Becoming a Woman of Prayer by Cynthia Heald
Too often we think of prayer as a method of breaking through to God and getting His attention in order for Him to listen to us. But the truth is that intimacy with God is His idea. Prayer is His gift to us. It is an opportunity for us to respond to His invitation to intimacy with Him. Prayer is our response to the God who desires to be in a relationship with us.
In Becoming a Woman of Prayer, best-selling Bible study writer Cynthia Heald will encourage you to respond to God’s invitation to deeper intimacy with Him.
5. How to Pray: A Guide for Young Explorers by Pete Greig & Gemma Hunt
It’s never too early to instill a love for prayer in your child. Based on Pete Grieg’s original book How to Pray, this children’s version has been adapted in a language and style that kids can easily comprehend and relate to.
Full of fun illustrations and practical activities, How to Pray: A Guide for Young Explorers will help your child develop a deep understanding of and appreciation for prayer. Kids ages 8–11 will learn about the life-changing practice of talking to God every day. Teach them the life-giving and life-changing power of prayer so that they can experience the amazing gift of talking with the God of the universe.