Sometimes pray seems like a formidable 4-letter word. It’s one of those things we all know we should be doing. But yet many of us find ourselves wondering if we are are doing it right. How can four letters strung together create such angst and amazement in the mind of a believer?
Walk into any Christian bookstore, and you will see the shelves lined with many books on prayer. Why? Because we know it’s an essential tool in our spiritual arsenal but so many us feel like we are not wielding the tool correctly.
Have you allowed your fear of not doing it quite right sideline your prayer time? Or perhaps you found yourself feeling like me at times, thinking the sister over there does it so much better. But prayer isn’t about competition but rather conversation.
Your savior wants to hear from you. Perhaps you could use a little help getting the conversation started. If so I’d like to introduce you to one of my latest reads, Designed to Pray: Creative Ways to Engage With God by Kelly O’Dell Stanley. Kelly presents a no-frills, no intimidation way of reconnecting with God in an eight-week adventure. She doesn’t approach the subject as one who has attained but instead as a fellow sojourner in the journey of finding peace with our prayer life.
Prayer is successful when you do it. Period. – Kelly O’Dell Stanley
Too often we ascribe to the “unsaid” but thought belief that we have to do it like someone else. In my journey, I’ve learned that writing out prayers is easier than speaking them at times. In speaking, I’m often lost and grappling for the right words but sitting down with pen and paper the concerns of my heart flows more freely.
While that may not be the case for you, Designed to Pray still may be helpful to you. It’s one of those books that can be used by the season prayer warrior or one who is still trying to find your footing in prayer. It’s an interactive book.
In the book, readers are encouraged to let go all the rules and just do it. Do it in fun new ways you may have never considered.
“When your experiences color your perceptions of God, you may have trouble fully embracing prayer.” – Kelly O’Dell Stanley
I appreciate that Kelly does not suggest the methods in her book possess some magical power of tapping God’s power but rather offers fresh ways to open our eyes to God. Although fancy methods are not required, we all can fall into ruts from time to time in our spiritual walk. Some links within this post may be an affiliate, which means at no additional cost to you, your purchase helps support the site.
Looking to get out of your prayer rut? Visit Kelly’s website and grab your copy of the book on Amazon or Christianbook.
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If you would like to bring a little creativity to your prayer time, I’m delighted to offer you a chance to get your very own copy of Designed to Pray: Creative Ways to Engage With God, courtesy of The Blythe Daniel Agency and Tyndale.
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