“Everything the Bible Says About PRAYER” Compiled by Keith Wall of Bethany House Publishers

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT PRAYER?

How do I know God hears my prayers?

What should I ask for when I pray?

What does God say about worshiping in prayer?

How should I pray for my family?

Countless books have been written about how to pray, what to pray, and when to pray. But this book includes exactly what God says about prayer, straight from his Word.

The Bible talks a lot about prayer. God reveals the elements of effective prayer and promises to hear and answer our prayers. His Word also gives many examples of prayer from his faithful followers, including David, Moses, Hannah, and more. And Jesus himself teaches us how to pray.

In this clear, concise book, all the scriptural prayers and primary references to prayer have been carefully collected and organized into useful categories. When necessary, brief explanations are provided, using insights gathered from trustworthy commentaries.

Let the Bible’s timeless truths encourage you to grow closer to the Lord through prayer today.

My Review:

Everything the Bible Says About Prayer is a comprehensive listing of prayers prayed by Bible heroes and the Lord Jesus Himself, though it’s not a complete listing.

This book has been compiled by Keith Wall, and is useful to understand the elements of effective prayer, answers to prayer, and Jesus’ teachings on prayer, which are contained in chapters one through four.  It has been organized into different categories, making it useful when you need a Biblical prayer for a specific need, which are outlined in chapters five through thirteen.  The appendix shares timeless truths from some of the classic Christian Writers.  Reading the Scriptural prayers on a specific topic by chapters brought about hope and faith as I read them.

Some of the categories include prayers for:  Guidance; Wisdom; Forgiveness; Salvation; Justice; Protection, Healing; Wholeness; Hardship; Heartache; Provision; Prosperity; Praise; Answers to prayer; Jesus’ teachings on prayer; Praying with boldness; and Elements of prayer.

Though not a complete listing, the Scriptures contained in the chapters are comprehensive enough for a start.  The reason I say it’s not complete is because of all the prayers listed in my favorite chapter, Psalm 119.

The appendix includes thoughts on prayer that are necessary for a complete prayer life:  Praying God’s promises; Waiting on the Lord; God hearing us; Taking time for prayer; United in prayer; Meditation; Persevering prayer; Praying confidently; Intercessory prayer–the many aspects that some of us tend to forget.  We learn that God hears and answers, but in His timing.  I found this section very helpful in being steadfast in prayer when answers don’t seem to be coming.

The thing that made it uncomfortable for me was all the different versions that were used.  I prefer the word-for-word translations (NASB, KJV, ESV, and NKJV) versus the thought-for thought (NIV, NCV, HCSB) and paraphrase versions (THE MESSAGE, NLT).  The latter two seem to water the Word down too much and lose the true Greek and Hebrew meanings.

This book was provided free by E. Hollister of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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