Does prayer make any difference? Does it really change anything? Yes, says Dr. R.C. Sproul in this Crucial Questions booklet. Though we cannot hope that our prayers will change God’s mind, prevailing upon Him to act against His will, we can be sure that prayer does change things—including our own hearts. Plus, it is one of the chief means by which God carries out His will in the world.
For these reasons, Dr. Sproul argues, prayer has a vital place in the life of the Christian. In short chapters packed with practical wisdom, he unveils the purpose, the pattern, the practice, the prohibitions, and the power of prayer, calling Christians to come before God’s presence with joy and hope.
- The Place of Prayer
- The Purpose of Prayer
- The Pattern of Prayer
- The Practice of Prayer
- The Prohibitions of Prayer
- The Power of Prayer
A prayer to help you communicate with God as you walk, illustrated with the author’s watercolor paintings.
The former director of Bible Study Fellowship offers thirty-one prayer devotions designed to direct thoughtful meditation and prayer through an understanding of the character of God.
Offering neither quick fixes nor canned prayers, this book links the spiritual disciplines of Bible study and prayer into one powerful tool to deepen your relationship with God.
Rosemary Jensen, general director of the Rafiki Foundation and former executive director of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), has compiled thirty-one prayer devotionals designed to direct thoughtful meditation on specific attributes of God, such as His accessibility, eternality, justice, holiness, and wisdom. Each short study highlights a divine attribute by using the ACTS acrostic, encompassing the four essential elements of a growing prayer life—Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. Space is also included to record specific concerns, prayer requests, or what you have learned.
This guide is sure to enrich and revitalize your prayer life as you meditate on and respond to the truth of who God is in a focused way.
Rosemary M. Jensen served as executive director of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) International for twenty years before becoming general director of the Rafiki Foundation. Rafiki operates centers of mercy in developing countries to teach the Bible and to give physical, educational, and vocational help to needy women and children.
Keller looks at the prayer life of Jesus in this brief devotional designed to encourage the individual believer to draw near to God for guidance and strength.
Prayers come in “all shapes and sizes.” It may be a simple expression of thankfulness for an unexpected blessing. It may be a few moments of silence in awe of God’s majesty. Or it may be long hours of prolonged intercession for the needs of others. Whatever its form, real prayer is a living encounter with a living God. Best-selling devotional author W. Phillip Keller describes His Way to Pray as “an honest endeavor to lead the reader into close communion with our Father. It is intended to help people come to the living Lord Jesus Christ with confidence as their faithful Friend.” Keller looks at the prayer life of Jesus and discusses seven basic forms of prayer exemplified in the life and teachings of the Lord, including prayers of patience, confession, relinquishment, intercession, and stillness before God. Keller encourages us to take an honest look at our motivation and methods of prayer. Before the throne of grace, readers will realize anew the awesome power and peace of drawing near to God.
W. Phillip Keller (1920-1997) wrote more than thirty-five books on Christian subjects, including his most popular book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 The son of missionary parents in Kenya, Keller grow up in Africa before becoming a world citizen as a photographer, agronomist, and author. His books have over two million copies in print.
The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience is a free eBook from bestselling author Stormie Omartian, developed using excerpts from Prayer Warrior and Prayer Warrior Prayer and Study Guide.
Are you equipped for spiritual battle? Take the next seven days to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Join Stormie as she explains the pieces of armor, what they mean, and how they can help you be a prayer warrior in your spiritual battle. With devotional thoughts, suggested prayers, ways to dig deeper, and opportunities to connect with Stormie and a whole community of prayer warriors, The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience will empower you with the truth that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
God is With You, No Matter What
Tough times may seem insurmountable, but they are no match for God! Even when you feel like you can’t endure another day, God is guiding you safely through as you lean on Him. With compelling honesty and wisdom, Mary J. Nelson takes you on a rare journey into the heart of God and shows you how you can experience breakthrough and renewed hope in times of testing. Exploring the unchanging truths of Scripture will encourage you to believe that God has not abandoned you in your trials, but will bring special blessing to your life through them. Whether you are suffering job loss, failing health, family strife, or spiritual emptiness, Hope for Tough Times will bring you comfort and a deeper level of maturity as you emerge from your tough times into a new place of freedom.
Formerly published as Grace for Tough Times by Mary J. Nelson by Bethany House, 2006
“Mary J. Nelson has done it again . . . written a book that touches the deepest places of my heart. We all go through trials, some more than others . . . and what helps is having a hand to grab in the middle of the fire. Through her book, Hope for Tough Times, Mary has offered not only a hand, but a hope that will see all of us through the tough moments. Get a copy, not only for yourself, but for those friends who are doing their best to stay afloat in very stormy seas.” –Holly Wagner, Author of Godchicks; When it Pours, He Reigns; Daily Steps for Godchicks
“Mary J. Nelson’s Hope for Tough Times is a wonderful book to show us how to pass life’s ten greatest tests and reach spiritual maturity. I recommend it!” –Alice Smith, Executive Director, U.S. Prayer Center
“What a wonderful book! Radiating warmth, its pages spill over with practical wisdom on how to connect with God, receive his grace, and move on with your life when tough times stand between you and your future.” –Dr. Gary D. Kinnaman, Author and Senior Pastor, Word of Grace Church
“Mary J. Nelson has come through the Refiner’s fire, not once, but many times. She has come to know his voice and trust his promises. Hope for Tough Times vividly describes each test you might face in life’s journey. Her counsel, the personal stories, and the powerful passages from Scripture will help you ‘to drink deeply from the well of his infinite love.’ If you are discouraged or frightened, angry or lonely, this book comes just at the right time. You will be refreshed, and hope will be restored.” –Bill Bohline, Lead Pastor, Hosanna! Church, Author of It’s Sunday, but Monday’s Comin’
About the author
Mary J. Nelson is an author, speaker, and Pastor of Prayer. She has a passion for helping people encounter God and His goodness in the midst of trials and be empowered and set free to live out their destiny. She emerged from a breast cancer diagnosis in 1999 eager to share how God restored and transformed her life. Her deepest desire is to give away what she has freely received.
Mary is the author of Grace for Each Hour: Through the Breast Cancer Journey (Bethany House, 2005), Hope for Tough Times (Revell, 2009; Soterion 2013), and Peace for Each Hour (Comfort Publishing 2012). Her two latest books will be released by Shiloh Run Press in 2016: Jehovah-Rapha: The God Who Heals, and Power Prayers: Praying for the Cure. Her books inspire those suffering from cancer, health crisis, broken relationships, unemployment, financial failure, or devastating loss by helping them draw close to the heart of God. She founded and leads the Pray for the Cure cancer healing ministry at Hosanna! Church in Lakeville, MN where she also serves as a leader in the Healing Prayer and Sozo inner healing ministry. She and her husband, Howie, have two adult children and two grandchildren, and make their home in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. They enjoy spending time with family, traveling, motorcycling, reading, and serving together as prayer leaders in their local church.