Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
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
Great devotional on prayer
Beth Moore is a favorite Bible teacher. She is open, honest and genuine in her love of God. Her way with words, her knowledge of the Bible and her perspective are well-known and well-loved. Her in-depth Bible studies have influenced thousands of women and helped them grow in their walk with the Lord.
It is not surprising that Moore would prepare a devotional on prayer. Nor is it surprising that it would be empowering, moving and encouraging. Ã¢ÂÂWhispers of HopeÃ¢ÂÂ is a ten-week devotional which teaches the concept of prayer. Using the P.R.A.I.S.E. method, Moore leads us on a journey to praying with power. For 70 days, we are treated to MooreÃ¢ÂÂs wise words, relevant personal experiences and prompts to pray. The P.R.A.I.S.E. method is an acronym for praise, repentance, acknowledgement, intercession, supplication for self and equipping.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. It is a powerful part of our Christian life which is why we need to know where and how to start. There is no one correct method. You may have another way that works well for you, but MooreÃ¢ÂÂs guide will help women who are just beginning their own prayer time a way to get started. It will also help those who need consistency in their prayer time. We donÃ¢ÂÂt necessarily need someone to tell us about prayer or to go into a lot of detail, however, having a guide to get us started may be the jumpstart we need to be more effective and consistent in our prayer time.
Ã¢ÂÂWhispers of HopeÃ¢ÂÂ will encourage you in your quiet time. The devotional will start a habit that will continue long past the 70 days. A great gift idea that offers a foundation upon which a prayer life can grow. If you want to spend some quality time in prayer, Ã¢ÂÂWhispers of HopeÃ¢ÂÂ is a great tool to help you get started.
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November 6, 2013