When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer
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When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer  -     By: Kevin P. Halloran

When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer

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A struggle to pray reveals a desire to pray, and when you have that desire, you can address the obstacles to prayer by facing them head-on. Writing as a sympathetic and practical guide, Kevin Halloran helps you to pinpoint areas of weakness in your prayer life and take immediate steps to overcome them. Examine your heart, implement practical measures, and experience the joys of faithfully drawing near to God.

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Title: When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer
By: Kevin P. Halloran
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 7 ounces
ISBN: 1629958751
ISBN-13: 9781629958750
Stock No: WW958751

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“I’m not sure why prayer really matters.” “I don’t know what to pray about.” “God just doesn’t seem to hear me.” “I’m too busy to pray.” “I get so distracted.” If you struggle to pray, be encouraged! The struggle reveals a desire to pray, and when you have that desire, you can address the obstacles to prayer by facing them head-on. Writing as a sympathetic and practical guide, Kevin Halloran helps you to pinpoint areas of weakness in your prayer life and take immediate steps to overcome them. We learn • how gospel truths speak into our common struggles in prayer • how we can move forward in prayer in practical ways • how believers from past and present have overcome obstacles, persevered in prayer, and grown in their love for God Examine your heart, implement practical measures, and experience the joys of faithfully drawing near to God.

Author Bio

Kevin P. Halloran (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves with Unlocking the Biblea ministry dedicated to proclaiming Christ through media, mobilizing believers for evangelism, and equipping leaders for the church. Kevin lives near Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and daughter. Visit www.kevinhalloran.net to read his writing and connect with him on social media.

Editorial Reviews

Prayer is a challenge for me, as it is for most Christians, probably because we fail to fully feel just how dependent we are on God. Kevin Halloran's book offers a wise combination of theological reflection and practical helps -- both intended to drive us to our knees in prayer to the One who knows and loves us. -- Trevin Wax, General Editor, The Gospel Project; Author, Rethink Your Self, This Is Our Time, and Gospel-Centered Teaching

Let me be honest: my heart’s reaction to another book about prayer is that I’d rather spend more time praying than reading about prayer. As I was reading When Prayer is a Struggle, however, I felt as if I had a friend leading me on a path to pray more, to pray better, to pray until I could pray. I just couldn’t put it down, except for pausing regularly to pray about a particular truth or with the prayers at the end of every chapter. Before I started, I wasn’t aware of how much I needed the wisdom deposited in this book. More importantly, I feel motivated (and more prepared) to spend more time before the throne. And for that, I’m so thankful to the Lord for moving Kevin to write it. -- Jairo NamnĂșn, Director for International Coalitions, The Gospel Coalition

If one were to describe the beginning and end of the Christian life, it might be summarized as “the righteous shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17). If one were to explain the essence of that life of faith, one can do no better than Calvin who writes, “the chief exercise of faith is prayer.” So, as Christians, what do we do when we struggle to pray? Does that mean our faith is inadequate? The resounding answer is No. Kevin Halloran, as a fellow struggler, identifies some of those struggles, and he also guides us in how to overcome those obstacles to the exercise of our faith in a life of prayer. This is not just another book about prayer. Rather, this work is intended to be a Spirit-prompted aid to foster and nourish prayer. I recommend that you first read through the book prayerfully, pondering the questions related to each of the obstacles to prayer. And then second, I encourage you to do the same with another Christian or in a small group. In the Lord’s kindness, might this book be used in the lives of readers to bear fruit in a life of prayer. -- Gregory C. Strand, Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing, Evangelical Free Church of America; Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Prayer is one of the greatest privileges and weapons that we have as believers, yet it’s also one of the greatest areas the enemy seeks to distract, discourage, and derail us from. And despite prayer being a common struggle to man, we often feel alone in it. For that reason, we’ve been encouraged and blessed by Kevin Halloran’s down-to-earth, relatable, and practically helpful way of addressing the most typical hindrances to our prayer life - and how we can grow to see prayer as a gift and joy, rather than a duty or struggle. Whatever the state of your prayer life may be, you will find yourself somewhere in the pages of this book, and will be encouraged and challenged to experience the depth and richness of communing with your Heavenly Father. -- Jeff and Sarah Walton, Authors, Together through the Storms: Biblical Encouragements for Your Marriage When Life Hurts

Kevin’s book on prayer is incredibly heartfelt. He is a praying person, and it makes me want to be a prayerful person too. Offering us practical wisdom for growing in the discipline of prayer, Kevin writes with a pastoral heart and an obvious love for God. I now have several takeaways that I’m eager to use when I pray! -- Kristen Wetherell, Author, Fight Your Fears; Coauthor, Hope When It Hurts

“When Prayer is a Struggle truly is a practical guide that helps us connect or re-connect to the heart of the Father. Kevin honestly shares his own journey while asking us to consider our relationship to God and with others through prayer. I was challenged once again to pray the Word through Kevin’s encouragement. His excellent thought provoking questions at the end of each section help us explore the heart of the matter. Helpful, insightful, and timely for each of us, especially for the world in which we live today. Well done, brother!” -- Mickey Weston, Executive Director, Unlimited Potential Inc.; Former Major League Baseball Pitcher

How often I have reached for a book on prayer in my bookcase, only to pivot to another volume. What's that about? Guilt...shame...embarrassment over my pathetic prayer-life. Those books, written by prayer masters, too often intimidate rather than inspire me. Kevin Halloran's When Prayer Is a Struggle has had the opposite effect on my soul. Here's a fellow-traveler… a fellow-failure who has identified obstacles (my obstacles) to prayer and provided a hope-filled way forward. Kevin is a wise yet approachable coach who will encourage you to keep praying and not lose heart. -- Craig Parro, President, WordPartners

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