The Lord invites everyone to “Come and talk with Me” in Psalm 27:8, yet many find prayer difficult. Sometimes lack of self-worth prevents prayer, other times the pain, fear or sorrow is too great to put into words, while others feel intimidated and don’t know what to say to an “all-powerful, all-knowing Creator.” For these reasons and more Dr. James Banks penned praying the Prayers of the Bible, to encourage personal prayer and inspire readers with prayer examples from the Bible.
The collection of categorized prayers is divided into nine different prayer themes, further divided into “full length prayers” and “prayer starters” to help “jump-start” prayer. Brief “reflections” introduce each theme, similar to devotions that elaborate on God’s Word.
Themes include prayers…
· …to praise and honor God
· …to say thank you
· …to strengthen faith…give ourselves to God
· …our everyday needs
· …to confess sin and humble ourselves
· …seek guidance and direction
· …seek help and protection
· …of those who struggle and need answers
· …and blessing prayers
The book ends with a Scripture index and thirty “when to pray” guides, complete with scripture and words for difficult prayer periods. For example, if you need encouragement, feel tempted, need to forgive, lack peace, need strength, feel lonely, sorry, lack hope, need advice and more yet the words just aren’t there.
I enjoyed Dr. Banks note about Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a Scottish pastor from the 1800s that encouraged his congregation to “turn the Bible into prayer.” That also told me prayer has been a long-standing problem, it’s not just a modern-day issue.
Yet, how can better thoughts and words for prayer be than to speak God’s Words back to Him in prayer. Especially when Isaiah 55:11 reminds readers God’s Word will never return void? “…So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where I sent it.”
Although small in size, this powerful book equips readers to “make the Bible’s prayers” their own. God desires relationship and wants to communicate with His children, to trust Him enough to simply talk with Him like you would a trusted Friend. Praying the Prayers of the Bible is destined to become a dog-eared, cherished part of anyone’s prayer life.
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‘Praying the Prayers of the Bible’ by James Banks, Discovery House Publishers, 2013, 208 Pages, 9781572937505, $12.99
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‘Praying the Prayers of the Bible’ by James Banks
Spending time in prayer is necessary to develop and maintain a personal relationship with God. In Praying the Prayers of the Bible, author James Banks provides a collection of prayers to help readers engage in intimate conversations with God.
Readers can find prayers of praise and thanksgiving, prayers for wisdom and direction, prayers for blessing, and much more. This powerful book of prayers encourages readers not only to strengthen their relationship with God, but also to apply His Word to their daily life. Readers can discover how to respond to God’s invitation to draw nearer to Him as they pray the prayers of the Bible.
‘Prayers for Prodigals: 90 Days of Prayer for Your Child’ by James Banks
When you’re the parent of a prodigal, you know you can never pray enough. But how do you persevere when you’re tired and discouraged? Prayers for Prodigals offer encouragement for parents to “come boldly before the throne of grace” and intercede daily for their children through a series of inspirational prayers.
The book also includes fourteen brief reflections, which are drawn from Scripture and the writer’s and others’ personal experiences with prodigal children, such as Ruth and Billy Graham and Monica, the mother of Augustine. This unique and helpful book encourages and inspires parents in a sustained, daily prayer effort for their prodigal children.
‘Lost Art of Praying Together: Rekindling Passion for Prayer’ by James Banks
When the early church in Jerusalem prayed, an angel delivered Peter from execution. When Paul and Silas prayed, an earthquake shattered their prison door. God responds when His people unite their voices in prayer. So why is praying together a lost art for many Christians today? How can we reclaim the blessings of corporate prayer, and what can happen when we do?
In The Lost Art of Praying Together, James Banks reminds us that where two or three are gathered together in the name of Jesus, Jesus himself is present and amazing things can happen. Through the Scriptures and other real-life stories, Dr. Banks encourages you to rediscover the power and the rewards of joining together in prayer.
This book is filled with practical insights and several helpful tools, including “Prayer Confidence Builders” and questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter. Eight separate appendices provide even more practical information and helps for starting prayer groups and encouraging new life in existing groups and churches.
‘Praying the Bible: The Book of Prayers’ by Wesley & Stacey Campbell
Everyone learns to walk before they run; and every believer learns to vocalize prayer before moving into sustained deep silences of communion with God. By Jesus ‘example, we know that He prayed the Scriptures aloud.
“Praying the Bible” takes an old concept-the prayer book-and gives it a modern twist: complete passages of Scripture lay out in sections of distinct prayer genres. Eight categories with 88 prayers enable readers to quickly reference the prayers of the prophets, the wisdom prayers, the prayers of Jesus, the apostolic prayers and more.
The introductions to each section expand on each specific type of prayers and also include detailed instruction of how to pray that specific section. Result? This is a prayer tool for both the novice pray-er and the seasoned intercessor-one that provides discipline & focus.
‘Prayers of the Bible’ by Susan Hunt
Prayer is our direct means of communication with God. Yet many people are unsure how to pray. Is there a specific way to do it? Any examples we can study? Just where do you go to learn about prayer?
Go to the Bible — specifically, to the prayers in the Bible.
Susan Hunt guides women to explore prayers from the Bible, highlighting the overarching story of redemption that shapes these biblical prayers and equips us to know God’s nearness and call on Him in truth. She passionately believes that only a true woman can do this — so she lays out foundational, biblical principles of true womanhood, showing that true women are redeemed women.
Prayers of the Bible is an excellent resource for women’s Bible study groups. Each prayer passage comes with an outline, questions to focus your thoughts, a prayer story, practical suggestions for prayer, and suggestions for personal reflection.
‘In Quietness and Confidence: The Making of a Man of God’ by David Roper
Breaking away from the busyness of life can be a challenge. However, author David Roper encourages readers to spend time each day with God. Written to speak to the heart of men, In Quietness and Confidence offers insightful reflections about God’s perspective on men and their relationship with Him.
Focusing on issues of purity, courage, legacy, and love, this 31-day devotional book helps readers develop a closer walk with God and experience spiritual transformation. Readers can discover how to become men of God who display His character in every area of life through daily meditation and prayer.
‘A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World’ by Paul E. Miller
Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance.
Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.
Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful.
Includes bonus chapter from, Prayer Begins with Relationship, by Cynthia Hyle Bezek.
‘If You Will Ask – Updated Gift Edition: Reflections on the Power of Prayer’ by Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers brings you a simple approach to prayer. It has little to do with getting what you need from God and everything to do with God getting what He needs from you. In this refreshing approach to this important biblical principle, If You Will Ask helps you discover that prayer is intimate communication intended to bring the bride alongside her Bridegroom, by the author of My Utmost for His Highest.
At the deepest level, the reason we pray is not for God to answer us, but for us to know who God is to be intimately and powerfully connected to Him. If You Will Ask: Reflections on the Power of Prayer offers biblical truths and insights to help believers develop and nourish the life of God within them.
It emphasizes the importance of God-centered prayer through total reliance on the Holy Spirit. This book encourages readers to reassess their personal prayer life, remove the boundaries that limit and interfere with their connection with God, and charge the atmosphere with the power of prayer. New updated hardcover edition.