Ever been in a prayer rut? You know, where prayers are stale. Or you can’t think of what to pray. Or you’ve prayed the same thing so many times you don’t want to read about the persistent widow in scripture. How do you get out of the rut?
Prayer has seasons I think. And sometimes, a little encouragement is what we need to recharge our prayer life, or just to keep it strong. Beth Moore recently re-released a book on prayer called Whispers of Hope. It is devotion-style book with 70 mini-lessons on prayer and a page each day for writing them. She uses an easy-to-remember acronym to help you pray. I think it will jump start the prayer life of both new believers and seasoned followers.
Devotional books can be sappy and rather shallow. They can be feel good books that highlight one out-of-context scripture. And often they just don’t challenge the mature believer. Beth, known for digging deep into scripture and using it to pray, does not let any of these descriptions apply to Whispers of Hope. She picks scripture, with context, that will make you think . Then she teaches you about the scripture, using solid Bible study methods, personal experiences, or both. The daily lesson ends with a guided journal page.
I was hesitant when I started using the book (you do use this book rather than just read it so buy a real book, not a Kindle edition) because really, I thought I knew what Beth was going to say. There are certain scriptures about prayer that are always highlighted, but she surprised me again and again by highlighting scripture I don’t usually apply to pray. On the second day she was pulling out Micah 7:8 , “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise, Thought I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
The best part of this prayer book? It is spilling over into my life. Her acronym for how to prayer is lingering in my mind in the early moments of grogginess when I first stir and spilling into mini-lessons on prayer with my girls. It is reminding me to repent and to pray to be a vessel for God’s love. And that my friends, is what, a great prayer book should ultimately do, draw the reader into God’s presence even when she isn’t using the book.
Wanna know the best part? The publishers of Whispers of Hope sent me a free copy to review on my blog, but even better, they want to give a free copy to one of my readers. So, leave a comment below telling me something about your prayer life right now or how I can pray for you. You have until Monday at midnight. My girls and I will draw a number to determine the winner. I hope you win! If you don’t, give yourself permission to buy this one. It’s like having a prayer partner for 10 weeks.
Oh and in case you are curious, here is what is written on the back of the book: