Prayer

RECOMMENDED READING

Too Busy Not to Pray- Bill Hybels

For the past twenty years Too Busy Not to Pray has stood as a classic on prayer, helping Christians all over the world slow down to draw near to God. During those years, the world certainly hasn't slowed down. If anything, the pace, intensity and number of distractions have only increased. Brokenness and pain seem to have increased as well, with news of civil war, poverty, broken families and sex-trafficking touching us daily. The urgent need for prayer is clear, but busyness still keeps many of us from finding time to pray. Two truths haven't changed in twenty years: God is the same powerful, just, holy God he's always been. Bill Hybels offers us his practical, time-tested ideas on slowing down to pray. Revised throughout and including a new introduction and new chapter on prayer and compassion for the world, this twentieth-anniversary edition of Too Busy Not to Pray calls both young and old to make prayer a priority, and broadens our vision for what our eternal, powerful God does when his people slow down to pray.

Sun Stand Still- Steven Furtick

If you're not daring to believe God for the impossible, you may be sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian Life. This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years. In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential.

Treasury of Prayer- Leonard Ravenhill

E. M. Bounds was one of the most prolific and powerful writers on the subject of prayer. Leonard Ravenhill took Bounds' seven books on prayer and condensed and compiled them into one hard-hitting volume. This may be the greatest work ever published on the subject of prayer.

 

 

Circle Maker- Mark Batterson

According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, “Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

SCRIPTURES

Seek the LORD and his strength, seek His face continually. 
1 Chronicles 16:11

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: You have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. 
Psalms 4:1

The LORD is near to all them that call on Him, to all that call on him in truth. 
Psalms 145:18

The LORD is far from the wicked: but He hears the prayer of the righteous. 
Proverbs 15:29

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him? 
Matthew 7:11

Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. 
Matthew 18:18-20

So Jesus answered and said to them, have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. 
Mark 11:22-24

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart. 
Luke 18:1

If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 
John 15:7

Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My Name, He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask, and you will receive that your joy may be full. 
John 16:23,24

Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:6-8

Pray without ceasing. 
1 Thessalonians 5:17

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands... 
1 Timothy 2:8

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 
Hebrews 4:14

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 
Hebrews 4:16

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 
James 1:5,6

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 
James 5:16

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
1 John 1:9

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 
I John 5:14,15