27 August, 2013
Prayer is something that all Christians do, but few do it well. Maybe that’s an overstatement, but what I am trying to convey is that most of us so often aren’t quite sure what we should pray. This actually might be a good thing, because we recognize that what we say is important. Yes, there will be moments in which we are at a loss for words, yet God knows what we need anyway (Matthew 6:8). And the Spirit does intercede for us when we don’t know what to pray for as we ought (Romans 8:26-27). But, by and large, we should be thoughtful with what we say to God in prayer.
And, we should be biblical. That is one of the main ideas of the Kindle ebook called Take Words With You: Scripture Promises and Prayers by Tim Kerr. I have never heard of Kerr myself, but with endorsements from Joshua Harris, Mary Kassian, and Tim Challies, I took notice. And with a price of FREE, well, you can’t beat that! Here’s a little blurb about the book:
‘Take Words With You’ is a comprehensive compilation of approximately 1500 promises and Scripture prayers (ESV) to provide tangible traction to our prayers. It is intended to fortify our prayers with God’s Word and to build a strong faith in God in the one praying. It is also intended to better align the believers praying with the will of God, which God has promised to answer:
This is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1 John 5:14)
This book looks like a treasure trove! The central point of this book appears to be this:
Our heavenly Father delights to hear us remind him of his promises to us. (Kindle location 17)
A lot of us don’t pray like this too often. But, we should. I was also really struck by two similar things that endorsers said in relation to the book:
God loves to be quoted. (Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church)
You know you’re praying in the will of God when you’re praying the Word of God. (Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women’s Studies, Southern Seminary)
I hope this book develops these ideas further. And from a quick perusal of the table of contents, it appears that it does!
I don’t know about you, but I really want to pray more often, more fervently, and more biblically. This book looks to be a manual for such things, and I hope by turning to it, I’ll profit greatly. Why don’t you give it a try too?