Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
Don't fall prey to the enemy without prayer!
At times in my Christian walk I know that the most powerful weapon we have at our disposal is our prayers. Yet far too often we utilize them in a final attempt to a situation we realize is out of our control. But I believe what is missing is why we pray. It isn't just geared for a "wish list" for God's blessings in our life, or as a last minute call to action for our Heavenly Father to intervene in our situations we find ourselves struggling with. Prayer is first and foremost our method of communication with our Father in Heaven. It's more than just asking for Him to help us, it's about praising Him for what He is and what He is doing and what He has done for us. It's about letting go of thinking anything we do in this life we have control over and instead gracefully bowing out and rendering complete control willingly to Him.
In Beth Moore's latest book, Whispers of Hope, a 10 week devotional geared to work on our prayer lives over the next 70 days. She encourages readers to journal their prayers using a PRAISE acronym to remind us what it's all about instead of simply asking for help. Each day of this journey encourages the reader in a devotional to complete a brief Bible reading assignment, a Scripture for the day, and thoughts for the day. A Daily Prayer Guide follows each devotional to record your petitions using the P.R.A.I.S.E. approach to prayer. There is also a place in the book for you to record the answers to your prayers in the Answer Log.
Beth even addresses how to utilize Whispers of Hope in a group setting for Bible or Women's studies. She gives tips on different ways to make the best of the information you discover as you take your journey to enriching your personal prayer lives. No greater priority exists for the believer than knowing Christ through the study of His Word and the intimacy of prayer. Each day's format should allow most people to complete their daily devotions in about 30-40 minutes. This book is offered to help you form a habit of prayer and she hopes that in using this time, you will discover a fresh supply of mercy every morning, but more than that, may you discover the Mercy Giver.
I received Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Icon Media Group for my honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. I know for me personally I am loving having a guide to help me set aside some time each day and read about God through the Bible and utilize this time as a personal discovery into understanding more about God. I only hope that each day in using it I will grow stronger in my prayer life, much like anyone who practices their skill in anything only improves the more time they spend doing it. I easily give this prayer devotional a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. This is perfect for an individual, women's or group Bible Study.
December 15, 2013
Do you have sit down to pray and find that within minutes your mind has wondered elsewhere? I experience this as well and sometimes it gets so frustrating I just want to get up and get moving. Or thinking there is so much to pray about or people to pray for you wonder where to start? Like you I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to bring a list to God and He doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want you to either. What the Lord wants is us, so we come to Him and with the help of The Holy Spirit we can pray, and without ceasing too!
Beth MooreÃ¢ÂÂs devotional isnÃ¢ÂÂt meant to be used as anything other than an introduction along with practical suggestions as to how we can learn to pray. Pray using the Word, along with journaling just between the individual and the Lord. I am sure we all have requests or burdens we donÃ¢ÂÂt want others to see to come across so we might hesitate to write them out, thatÃ¢ÂÂs fine. The main point is to spend time reading the Word, praying the Word and part of prayer is listening which is hard in a society that loves something on all the time. Yet, to sit quietly before the Lord has been one of the most treasured times I have learned to develop. Beth Moore even tells people in the introduction to Ã¢ÂÂindividualizeÃ¢ÂÂ what she presents in the devotional. In other words, go with how the Spirit leads you, if you want to follow step by step what is in the book that is fine. The whole purpose is to teach us, equip us to communicate with the Father.
When I would read her thoughts about a Scripture section, it would stir up within me reminders of something or person I need to pray for or praise Him for answering my requests. I have found the more we relinquish ourselves into His hands, our burdens, thoughts, longings, desires and more, I can then hear him better. If I let go and give it to Him, it is a reminder to me that I trust Him and not myself to bring about a desired result. There is no special format you have to use, though Beth includes one she uses in her time with the Lord.
The one commitment is to make time to read the Word, and then learn how to pray the Word. These two go together, all any of us has to do is read the Gospels to observe Jesus doing both. Which Is a reminder to me that if Jesus felt the need to read the Word and then be alone communing with the Father, how much more do I need to do so? So grab your Bible, a notebook and the devotional go and enjoy the time you are invited to have with the God of heaven and earth!
December 11, 2013
Great Prayer Devotional
Whispers of Hope is a devotional with brief bible reading, a scripture for the day, and a devotional. There is ample space for recording the prayers. This book helps facilitate journaling each day using the P.R.A.I.S.E. format. The prayer time is begun with Praise, then Repentance, Acknowledgment, Intercession, Supplication and lastly, Equipping . This is a great devotional to help you build the habit of an active prayer life.
If prayer is something you struggle with (and is an area I think we all can grow in), this is a great resource to work through either by yourself or in a bible study setting. I recommend Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer by Beth Moore, it is a book you can not walk away from unchanged.
FTC Disclosure: Special thanks to Caylen Kyle of Caylen Kyle for sending me a review copy. The review are my own words though.
December 1, 2013
Excellent book for establishing a prayer habit
Prayer. We are to pray without ceasing. Do you have a good habit of prayer? Ã¢ÂÂNo greater priority exists for the believer than knowing Christ through the study of His Word and the intimacy of prayer,Ã¢ÂÂ Beth writes. She has written this book to help us establish the habit of prayer. In reading it, we commit to seventy days of consistent prayer.
Each day features a devotional with a brief Bible reading assignment, a Scripture for the day, and a devotional. Following that is a prayer format for recording our petitions. It is a guide for journaling each day using the P.R.A.I.S.E. format. The prayer time is begun with Praise (perhaps repeating His attributes, singing a hymn or worship song), then Repentance (confessing daily). Next is Acknowledgment (lordship, submitting to His authority, acknowledging His right to rule and reign), then Intercession (pray for others). Supplication for self follows (bringing our innermost thoughts, fears, desires, weaknesses), and finally, Equipping (asking Him to equip you in every way for the day ahead). Two pages are given each day on which to journal. The six parts of the format are listed with plenty of space for writing.
Beth has provided a Group Study Plan at the back of the book. She emphasizes the advantage of meeting weekly with a group of prayer warriors. She outlines how group members can encourage each other to develop the discipline of daily prayer. She also gives suggestions for leading the group, whether it be a content-centered group, a format-centered group, or an application-centered group.
This book is a great encouragement for establishing a daily prayer habit. Beth's devotionals are practical for anchoring our prayer life in the Word. She shares her own experiences and teaches from biblical examples and passages in the devotionals.
If you have been struggling with consistent prayer, I recommend this book. The devotions are excellent and the prayer format is easy to remember and follow. I think it will change your prayer life.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Icon Media Group for the purpose of this review.
November 25, 2013