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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
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prayer and how it can transform our hearts, so that we can be a catalyst for
transformation in others. Many of us seek to be blessed more than we seek to bless
others. It's our heart aligned with the heart of God that brings blessing, because
He is by nature extravagantly generous and loves giving gifts. No matter where
readers are on their journey with God, they will be motivated and inspired to open
their hearts and discover the abundant joy and peace that can be theirs through
the power of a simple prayer of blessing.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 21, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In The Power Of An Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith, he reminds us that any prayer, no matter how small, has the power to change our lives forever. While surrendering our lives to a higher power is nearly impossible for some of us, by doing so we place our lives in the best Hands possible. In this fallen world we experience the daily disappointments of life, and by looking to the One who made it for His glory should make us realize that praying is not being selfish, but honoring Him. Prayer is just as much the words we say as it is about hearing God. And this book will inspire you to listen to Him more, not just request and go about your day and life. Each chapter begins with a scripture, and ends with a prayer, quotes, and questions for application and further reflection.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 14, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In The Power Of An Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith, he reminds us that any prayer, no matter how small, has the power to change our lives forever. While surrendering our lives to a higher power is nearly impossible for some of us, by doing so we place our lives in the best Hands possible. In this fallen world we experience the daily disappointments of life, and by looking to the One who made it for His glory should make us realize that praying is not being selfish, but honoring Him. Prayer is just as much the words we say as it is about hearing God. And this book will inspire you to listen to Him more, not just request and go about your day and life. Each chapter begins with a scripture, and ends with a prayer, quotes, and questions for application and further reflection.
This book was provided by Worthy Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5a prayer to focus on blessing othersSeptember 13, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4We Christians are to be people who bless others. But if you are like me, you wonder how to do that. How do you pray for others? What can you say?
A few years ago Smith realized that a big part of his life had been a result of others speaking blessings over him. The idea of praying a blessing over others became an important concept for him. In 2011 he wrote A Simple Blessing (see my review of that book here). When I read that book two years ago, I was impressed with the prayer of blessing Michael wrote.
Now his message has been adapted into a less imposing gift book. Included are the biblical principles that can help you turn your spiritual life into one where you experience the true joy of blessing others.
The prayer Michael prays over others has been divided into six specific blessings. He gives the particular section of his prayer, explains the prayer, and gives practical suggestions on opening oneself to the blessing and then sharing it with others.
The prayer of blessing begins:
In the name of Jesus Christ,
I bless you with the promises of God,
which are "yes" and "amen."
Michael explores the idea of blessing and that it comes only from the Spirit fulfilling our deepest need, a close relationship with our Creator. He wants us to awaken to that reality and carry that through to praying for others. He also hopes that we will ourselves become actively involved in being God's instrument as a blessing to others.
Next is praying for spiritual health.
May the Holy Spirit make you healthy
and strong in body, mind, and spirit
to move in faith and expectancy.
May God's angels be with you to
protect and keep you.
And that is about a fourth of the prayer. With the same passion and insight, Michael continues exploring the remaining parts of his prayer: praying for a pure mind, praying for personal holiness, praying for backyard blessings, praying for spiritual victory.
Michael is quick to note that there is nothing magical about this prayer. It is not some formula to manipulate God into guaranteeing you, or anyone else, an abundant life. That is not the purpose of this book by any means.
Michael's prayer is that this book and his prayer of blessing will inspire you to be holy and to participate in the work of God by being a blessing to others. Yes, God wants to bless you, Michael writes. "And he wants you to bless others through his gifts to you." (122)
I challenge you to read this book. It will inspire you to take the focus off yourself when you pray and begin to focus on blessing others.
Michael has included Scripture and quotes from others as well as questions for reflection and action, along with space for journaling.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing for the purpose of this review.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring and thought provokingSeptember 11, 2013Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleOrdinary is defined as "commonplace, run of the mill, average" - and my first thought is that there is nothing "ordinary" about this blessing. Michael writes about things that most seasoned Christians already know, but he presents them in a way that in a way that is thought provoking and challenging, yet comforting and reassuring at the same time.
The "ordinary prayer" is a blessing that God placed on his heart, and he encourages us to forget self and focus on being God's instrument to show His love to others. The blessing is broken into sections - God's promises, spiritual health, personal holiness, and spiritual victory, etc. - with room for personal thoughts and reflections.
Some of my favorite quotes are:
-- "The blessing received is not complete until we meet the requirement attached to it - a requirement that always involves a responsibility to others."
-- "The call of Christ . . . is and always has been a call to die."
-- "When we pray for God's blessing, we are praying for God to put us where he intended for us to be, doing what he intended for us to do."
The Power of an Ordinary Prayer would be a good devotional resource or gift book. Fans of Michael W. Smith will enjoy his insight and personal stories.
This book was provided by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
kp07195 Stars Out Of 5The Power of and Ordinary PrayerSeptember 11, 2013kp0719Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book, The Power of an Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith, can lead you out of living with the focus on "me". You are encouraged to forget a focus on self and instead focus on being God's instrument to show His love to others.
Remembering that, wherever God puts you, He wants to bless you and for you to bless others in return!
This little book is not only filled with wonderful encouragements, as you walk a Christ-centered life; but also, beautiful photographs of God's world!