February 9, 2023 / by Monica Ball
Prayer is undoubtedly a precious gift from the Lord, and yet it seems to be something we often struggle with.
The church library has resources that can be beneficial in encouraging you in your prayer life. Stop by and peruse the various books on prayer (Look for the label 243 Prayer).
For those who want to dig deep, some classic books on prayer are With Christ in the School of Prayer and Teach Me to Pray by Andrew Murray and The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer.
A more contemporary author who has focused much of her writing on prayer is Stormie Omartian. She has written several books on this topic: The Power of a Praying Husband, The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of Praying Together, and many more.
Many of you remember Pastor Scott’s daily Facebook prayer times during the Covid shutdown. It was his practice to read a prayer from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers. Although these were written long ago, they reflect the common journey we all as believers experience in learning to walk closely with our Lord.
Some other books that serve as guides in prayer include Rosemary Jensen’s book Praying the Attributes of God, which guides the reader in meditating on God’s awesome character and worshiping Him in prayer. I have found Jodi Berndt’s book on Praying the Scriptures for Your Children to be very helpful. She includes many examples of scripture that you can pray specifically for your child. Another helpful guide is Operation World. Author, Jason Mandryk, takes the reader around the globe, giving prayer points to pray specifically for all the nations of the world.
Finally, I have been so encouraged about prayer through biographies, especially missionary biographies. (267.1 – 267.4) Read about George Müller, who prayed daily for God to provide for his needs as he was caring for children in his orphanage, and how God faithfully provided in miraculous ways. Or read about Praying Hyde, Elisabeth Elliott, and others who walked their walk of faith, and have given testimony of God’s faithfulness in answering prayer.
Stop by the church library to check out any of these books and more. It’s our prayer that God uses them to encourage you in prayer and in your spiritual growth.
Monica serves on the Library Team. She is married to Mark. They have three grown daughters and three grandchildren. Monica is on staff at East White Oak as the Office Manager. She also serves at the Welcome Center and in Children’s Ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family (especially those adorable grandchildren).
February OakLeaf Articles:
Prayer as Fellowship with God by Pastor Scott Boerckel
Prayer in Children’s Ministry by the Children’s Ministry Team
Engaging Your Neighbors Through Prayer by Pastor Justin Waples
Prayer for Your Pastors by Richard Verdery
Prayer in Moments of Crisis by Jeff Fritzen
Praying for Prodigals by Jeoff Jenkins
Prayer as Worship by Meg White
Prayer for Refreshing Our Building and our Hearts by Dave Rowden
Praying in Jesus’ Name by Dr. Jeff VanGoethem
Resources for Your Prayer Journey by Monica Ball
Prayer Questions and Conundrums by David Congdon