Why is it so hard to pray?
It's something many Christians can relate to: the desire to pray but the failure to execute. A Journey to Victorious Praying will tell readers why this is—and how to move past it.
Addressing common misconceptions about prayer, then offering biblical truths and practices instead, Bill Thrasher teaches readers how to:
Filled with practical insight and pastoral warmth, this book will give readers renewed enthusiasm for embarking on the essential journey of prayer. And its brief chapters, organized around various themes, make it perfect for quick reference, as does the appendix with tips for stimulating prayer.
This is a wonderful book on prayer. I love the way the author broke down prayer into nine different aspects. This is one of the most well thought out and helpful books I've read on prayer in a long time. Whether you're just starting your Christian walk or you've been a believer for years, I believe there is something wonderful to be gleaned from this book for everyone.
A Journey To Victorious Praying: Finding Discipline And Delight In Your Prayer Life by Bill Thrasher was first published in 2003, with a preface added for this 2017 edition. Bill Thrasher has divided this journey into nine sections, designed as a sort of roadmap to help us move from praying strictly out of weakness and fear into prayer as a supreme means of joyful worship.
Whether your prayer life is simply in need of a rejuvenation and revival or if it is more of a sense of dreary obligation rather than delightful praise, this book is for you. Here, you will find both Biblical and modern stories that will help you overcome whatever barriers you find keeping you from pursuing a life attuned to God's plans through the communion of prayer. In a well structured ordering, Bill skillfully approaches topics such as fears and unworthiness, strength to believe in God, praying Scripture, fasting, waiting in peace instead of anxiety, and how to cultivate a lifestyle of worship.
Spread out over the course of thirty chapters, this book could easily be read as a 30-day devotional study to help bring you more into alignment with God's purpose for your life. The back of the book also contains a "Personal Journal" section with questions and focus thoughts for each chapter, Selected Prayers from Scripture, and Ideas to Stimulate Prayer - which are especially useful in a church or more formal group setting.
You should have your Bible handy while reading this book, because it's full of little scripture references to look up if you want to fully appreciate the point being made. It's also worth noting that this book utilizes a very direct and intellectual approach without any "filler" or "fluff" to bog a reader down or detract from the overall point being made. If you're looking for a rather simply "self-help" book with just a few pointer to make you feel better about your prayer life, this isn't it. However, if you're sincerely ready to make a priority of achieving a more meaningful and deliberate life of prayer, then this is the book to read. 4/5 stars.