5 Awesome Books on Prayer

bible reading challenge day 46

Welcome Bible Challenge Readers! We made it to Friday- you know what that means. We’re checking in and offering encouragement to one another! So give us your report in the comments and be sure to give a little love to someone else in the comments.

books on prayer

Reading has always been a delight for me from the time I learned to read. Today I’d like to refer you to some of the best books on prayer I’ve read. Prayer is one topic I never tire of reading about, unlike Chinese jumprope. Ok, I’ve never read a book on Chinese jumprope.

But you get what I mean. I simply never get tired of reading about answered prayers, thoughts on prayer or devotional prayers. (Some of you are thinking right now: How does this girl focus long enough to pray? I can’t follow her for a minute… ;0) ) Without further pomp and circumstance, here are 5 of my favorite books on prayer. Have a fabulous day!

1. The Circle Maker is one book that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve reviewed the book a bit more right here, but you will really be glad you read this book. Mark Batterson’s inspiring journey of prayer as he leads his Washington DC church blesses beyond measure. I recently downloaded Draw the Circle, A 40 Day Prayer Challenge book, a companion book, as well as Praying Circles Around Your Children. If you check out TheCircleMaker.com, you’ll find free resources as well as a sample chapter of the book if you’d like to take a peek.

2. The Power of a Praying Wife introduced me to Stormie Omartian and this incredible series of books. While I haven’t read every single book in the series, I have read many of them. If you are unfamiliar with Stormie, the following are more titles from the series: The Power of a Praying Husband, The Power of a Praying Church, The Prayer that Changes Everything, and The Power of Praying Through the Bible. Stormie has been writing on the power of prayer for decades and the most recent book that caught my eye is this Power of a Praying Wife Devotional Journal. Isn’t it beautiful? I added it to my book wish list this week:

3. Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore is a book that changed my life years ago. This book taught me the value of memorizing God’s Word and praying it back to God. This topical prayer guide will take you step by step through learning to pray God’s Word. With empty pages for personalized prayers, you will wish, as I did, that you had read and studied through this book much sooner.

4. Praying God’s Word for Your Husband by Kathi Lipp is another wonderful prayer tool. Go from polite, quiet prayers to boldly worded prayers that use Scripture to beckon the will of the Father. I am almost finished with this book and reading it has helped me remember how very important it is to prayer for my husband AND the importance of using Scripture to pray for him.

5. The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life crossed my path at a time when I needed to believe God really cared about me. In a world full of people, surrounded by Christians in a wonderful church, I felt…alone. I wasn’t asking God for riches or wealth or even a few extra pennies. I simply needed: a friend. And you know what? God gave me one; we lead community Bible studies together now. Pretty cool, huh? God wants to bless you through prayer- I’d love to hear about it after you’ve read the book!

While I won’t include this one as part of the list, my prayer ebook, The Sensational Scent of Prayer, is special to me as God just personally led me through the steps to follow through on studying His Word. The book began as a Bible study and God has blessed it beyond all I ever asked or imagined.

Your turn, Friends! The Bible Challenge readers are checking in and we’d love to hear about your favorite books on prayer!

What books on prayer have you read and enjoyed?
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Comments

  1. Tara H says

    I have The Power of a Praying Wife beside my bed right now! I read it a long time ago and am about to start it again. I just recently found out about Praying God’s Word for your Husband and I really want it! I’m always amazed at how God works when we pray!
    I’m right on track with the Bible reading. I want to tell anyone who may be behind or whatever to NOT GIVE UP! I’ve been faithfully reading my Bible daily for over a year and I can see now how God has used that to draw me closer to Him. He’s given me peace through things that I would have never thought I could even get through, much less go through joyfully! So keep reading! It’s worth your time!

  2. Christina Beebe says

    Praise the Lord! I remembered today is Friday! I got a little behind this week but I am almost caught up! I pray everyone has a blessed weekend!

  3. Angie F says

    I also have Stormie’s book, as well as the Power of a Praying Wife, on my headboard. (Made a makeshift bookshelf space there when the stacked pile of “must reads” and “get to nexts” on my nightstand got too heavy and toppled over!) ;) I too have always been a voracious reader and enthusiastic learner. Sometimes I do wish I had more hours in the day to dive into all of them sooner! In fact, you have reminded me that a sweet older neighbor lent me her copy of Beth Moore’s book a few years ago and I still haven’t read it yet. Oops! (Hmm, wonder WHY she gave it to me, what was she trying to say? lol)

    Rachel, your e-book and Kathi Lipps are two of my most recent amazon wish list add ons. I had not heard of the Circle Book. Just read your review. Awesome. Will definately have to check that one out as well! Still ploughing through the bible reading assignments. On pointe in the OT, with catch up to do in the NT as usual. Those NT/Jesus words are just more familiar to me, more underlined and dog eared, so am spending more time on new insights from the OT.

    Tara’s right, it’s SO worth it to be diligent and faithful in pursuing time in the Word! That is primarily how God speaks to us. Sometimes He whispers into our hearts as well. Learning to be still, and wait, patiently (!) for His answers has been a renewed discipline in my life, especially since November of 2010. We’ve experianced two job layoffs, a semi prodigal child, and, most recently, launching a new business in that time. Things have been quite lean and unsure for us. Can’t tell you all how many times though, and how many ways (often very creative and unforeseen) that the Lord has come through with an answer and/or provided for us, just in time (in HIS perfect time). Lights have stayed on, new clothes provided for two growing teenage boys, gas in the cars (& no breakdowns, hallelujah!) etc, etc. Admittedly mother hubbard’s cupboard didn’t always overflow-but it has never been empty, we’ve gratefully received our “daily bread”. Not too much that we stopped relying on Him, not too little, or late, that we doubted and lost hope! Through it all He has kept reminding us to “Seek FIRST His kingdom, and THEN all those things (I asked and prayed for) would be added, as He saw fit, Luke 12:31. (See also Matt 6:25-34) and according to His plan. Jeremiah 29:11. 12. It has built up my attitude of gratitude, AND my trust in Him all the more. After all, the more you spend time getting to know someone intimately and the content of their character, the more faithful and trustworthy they prove to be… and the more you trust and turn to them, right?

    In fact, I would recommend writing down the answers to all of your prayers ladies, big and small, (admittedly I’m an awful journal keeper, but this is so great to look back on!) especially if you struggle to keep a good perspective on your life circumstances and to trust Him to come through. It’s so encouraging to look back and see His pattern of faithfulness to you and be reminded of His answers to your prayers over the years, even the “no’s”. :)

    Lord, just help us to be DOERS of your Word, and not just hearers (or readers)! Teach us more about you through the efforts of these great authors and consistent daily time spent with you. We can read about how to and why all day, but putting it all into practice, learning to really talk, easily and openly, with a caring Holy God, our gracious Heavenly Father, without ceasing…now that’s life changing! Have a great weekend and start to your week everyone!

    • Angie F says

      Um, typo…meant “Power of a Praying WOMAN”. Great to share with any gal you know. (my apologies for another long reply…good gracious!)

  4. Tracy says

    I was out of town for a few days & got behind….BUT I’m catching up! And should get completely caught up over the weekend! I love knowing that I made a real commitment to this & that I’m accountable on Fridays! The short term goals make it feel possible!!

  5. says

    I love spending time in the Word! My husband and I are reading through The Jesus Storybook Bible, and tonight we read about Ezra and Nehemiah. What a great reminder of what I read a few weeks ago.

    I’m reading Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home for an online book club. (Well, I haven’t started it, but I’m hoping to start it this weekend!). Prayer is such a powerful thing, but I take it for granted so often. Thanks for the other recommendations! I’ll add them to my “Books To Read” list.

  6. Jewel says

    Live A Praying Life by Jennifer Kennedy Dean she has lots of books and bible studies on prayer, but I have only read this one and loved it! When Moms Pray Together by Cheri Fuller and Fern Nichols this book is so encouraging with lots of stories of answered prayers!

  7. Nancy Miller says

    It’s Monday already! Wow! Checking in for last week. I forgot to make the post but I’m on track with reading and ENJOYing!

  8. Becky W. says

    Thank you SO much for this post. It’s EXACTLY what I’ve been praying for! I’m frequently overwhelmed by the prayer needs of all my friends, that I feel like I’m not praying effectively. I can’t wait to investigate your list! God Bless You! BW

  9. says

    I really enjoyed The Papa Prayer by Larry Crabb. And I snagged Andrew Murray’s “Lord Teach Us to Pray” free on kindle a few weeks ago. I loaned out my copy of The Power of a Praying Wife and don’t have the heart to ask for it back so I’ll be replacing that one soon! :) And love, love, love the Prayer of Jabez. Love this list!

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