Mar 18, 2011

Transforming Prayer by Daniel Henderson

Have you found yourself in a place where prayer has become stale and mundane?  Do you come to God with a grocery list of prayer requests, only to find when you are done handing God your list, you still feel empty?  Is there still power in prayer, you might be asking.  I am here to tell you, there is!  In Daniel Henderson’s book “Transforming Prayer”, he addresses these very issues that many Christians face. 

Grocery list prayer has never worked for any believer who has wanted true transformation in their life.  Making a list of prayer requests and seeking the hand of God to move on a believer’s behalf was not God’s intention for prayer.  God intended prayer to be a two-way communication between the Creator and the creation.  Henderson presents a life-changing method that is not new to the Christian community. 

The fundamental difference between our prayer lists and the prayer concerns we find the Bible is that we pray about personal problems, while most of the biblical prayers focus on Christ’s purposes. (page 87)  How do we change the nature of how we pray?  It can only come through worship-based prayer.  Worship-based prayer seeks the face of God to bring transformation and not His hand.

Daniel Henderson explains in “Transforming Prayer” the basics and foundation of worship-based prayer.  He will guide through the “4/4 pattern” of prayer, as well as direct you in the most effective questions you can ask while on this journey of prayer.  It also comes with chapter-by-chapter questions for application and discussion.

I would recommend this book to any Christian who truly wants transformation in their prayer lives.  This book can only become effective if you are to put the principles of what Henderson teaches into practice.  Then and only then will you see that everything changes when you seek God’s face!

I have received this complimentary book from Bethany House, through the bloggers program.  The views and opinions are my own.

Mar 2, 2011

When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur

There have been many different pains in my life that I thought I would never heal from.  I have asked God on numerous occasions, “Why God? Why have these things happened to me?”  I have been angry with God, and ran from Him because of the pain and heartbreak that I suffered.  Thankfully, the Lord was patient with me and waited on me to return to Him.  When I did, He embraced me with open arms and a heart full of love. 

I wish when I was going through the process of healing many years ago, I had read Kay Arthur’s book, When the Hurt Runs Deep.  In her book, Kay brings to the table the fruits of life that many people eat…death, abuse, suicide, etc., and all the emotions and hopelessness that are served as side dishes.  Kay gets right down to the heart of the questions that many people have when they are served these slices of life…“Why?”  “When the hurt runs deep, is there anything that can heal the pain?”

As she confronts some of these tough issues, she also serves a plateful of truth that is God’s Word.  With each subject, she lays out stories of the lives of people in the bible that have suffered through some pretty heartbreaking situations.  She tells of the triumph they gained through seeking God’s face and gives tangible ways that people today can gain the same victory.  Kay covers twelve “Healing Truths” that will help you in the process of healing When the Hurt Runs Deep.  At the end of the book, you can find a study guide that will help you get to the heart of the issues you face, and find the heart of God within those issues.

If you have faced heartache in your life that you have not been able to overcome, I highly recommend this book!  Kay’s words will bring a heaping full of truth, healing, and comfort as you journey through the process of healing from the hurts that run deep.

I have received this complimentary book from WaterBrook Multnomah, through the blogging for books program.  The views and opinions are my own.