A Christianity Today survey found that: 48% of the Christians surveyed were unhappy with their prayer life 34% admitted they did not know how to pray 31% were not sure that God ever responded to their prayers Organizing Your Prayer Closet offers a holistic, new appr... Read More
48% of the Christians surveyed were unhappy with their prayer life
34% admitted they did not know how to pray
31% were not sure that God ever responded to their prayers
Organizing Your Prayer Closet offers a holistic, new approach to revitalizing this important spiritual discipline. It both inspires and equips with Scripture, inspirational quotes, and space for journaling. Author Gina Duke illuminates the importance and power of prayer as the best connection to the source of all strength.
She breaks down tough spiritual concepts into practical exercises with 52 weekly worksheets that guide and equip you on a year-long prayer journey. Each week you will be challenged to complete lessons on interacting with scripture, overcoming prayer hurdles, learning to pray authentically, holding yourself accountable, acknowledging answered prayer, and more.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Nov 1, 2013
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 109
- Publish Date: Nov 5, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012080"
- ISBN: 1426768958
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- Excellent resource for prayer growth by Carole on 4/6/2014
Sometimes I think that with all that has been published on the topic of prayer, do we really need another book? But if the statistics quoted in the summary are anywhere close to accurate, then obviously there is a need! And then I think of my personal experience in this area - ranging all the way from consistency to only being prompted by need, and most often landing somewhere in the middle. So I decided that Gina's book was worth examining, and I am so glad I did. Sometimes a writer's style will especially "click" with readers, and I think Gina's message in Organizing Your Prayer Closet will do exactly that for many Christians.
This is a book about prayer, a devotional, and a 60-week journal all in one. These are just a few things readers will learn:
• Offer up meaningful worship
• Grow spiritually by overcoming sin
• Hear God with clarity
• Remember prayer requests
• How to pray with scripture
• Develop faith and confidence in the sovereignty of God
Prayer journaling is something I've always wanted to do, but have been unsuccessful at so far. I found Organizing Your Prayer Closet inspirational, logical, simple to follow, and filled with principles that I can easily put into practice. Gina's ideas have already made a big difference in my prayer life.
Gina asks this question in the introduction: "Why wouldn't I record my petitions and God's answers, unless I don't think He answers them?" Then she goes into ten chapters dealing with areas of prayer-closet praying, combining personal stories with a passion and knowledge drawn from years of experience. Her non-intimidating style is conversational, easy to follow, and very motivational. Most people will shy away from something that looks like it will take a lot of time, but that's not the case here at all. This is more of a way to sort out your thoughts before entering into a time of prayer.
Gina addresses the topic of petitions as one would expect, but there were several other chapters that I especially appreciated, like praise and thanksgiving . . . freedom and forgiveness . . . learning to hear God's answers . . . the difference between ask, seek and knock . . . trusting in God's sovereignty. One of my favorite quotes speaks a warning to all of us: "If you are serious about your spiritual growth, Satan will get just as serious - in a different direction."
I highly recommend Organizing Your Prayer Closet, to seasoned Christian and new believers alike.
Thank you to BookFun.org and Abingdon Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Practical & Focused by Nancee on 1/6/2014
I use the same format for prayer that Gina Duke outlines in her book, Organizing Your Prayer Closet. The book is set up in steps toward effective prayer, and journaling about prayer needs and God's responses to prayer requests. It is practical, simple and makes perfect sense. By journaling prayer needs and writing down answers and blessings received through prayer you can see tangible changes occurring through this record. There is also a time for reflection.
I really enjoyed Gina's candor regarding her own pitfalls regarding her discussion of sin. We all carry sin around with us, and repeatedly fall into our own sin habits. Gina very openly expresses her own personal trials in eliminating a particularly difficult habit that brought out not only sin but shame in her life. This particularly difficult sin was only depicted by a frown face on her journal page whenever she encountered it, since she was embarrassed by it and didn't even know what to call it. I admire her candor regarding her own weakness. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9
This is an excellent prayer tool to aid in setting up a personal prayer format that is practical, simple and easy to follow, and one that proves God does hear and answers our prayers. Documenting a prayer focus leaves a pictorial story and acknowledgment of how God works in your life. Included in this book is a section for journaling, including scripture, a place to record praises and thanksgiving, need for forgiveness, prayer requests, God's answers, etc. I highly recommend Gina's book!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the For Readers Only group through The Book Club Network (Book Fun) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.