Have you ever known the answer to your problem but you just weren’t sure how to get there?
I was drowning in my troubles and I had no idea how I was going to make it through. Every time I reached to someone for help I was told the same thing: You just need to pray. I knew that already. And I had been doing the best I could, but I knew deep down it wasn’t good enough. I needed to do better.
I knew deep down that I needed to pray like I had never prayed before. But I didn’t really know the first thing about prayer. I mean, I knew that I could talk to God about anything I wanted. I’d memorized the Lord’s Prayer as a child but I felt like I needed more.
How could I know exactly what I needed to pray for?
How could I be sure that I was in God’s will?
How would I recognize God’s answer when it came?
All these questions and more plagued me constantly. I believed that I was born to be a prayer warrior but I had no idea what that meant or what it looked like. So I did the only thing I knew how to do–I started reading up on prayer. I’m going to share a few of my top picks for books on prayer but first I want to share a few basic things with you.
3 Things you Need to Know About Prayer
1. Prayer is expected
Scripture is clear that we are to pray. Thessalonians tells us to pray without ceasing. Jesus spent a lot of time in prayer and He even taught the disciples how to pray.
Prayer is not a burden, or something to simply check off our to-do list. It’s a privilege. As children of God we have direct access to Him through prayer.
2. Prayer can be learned
For a long time I felt like I was not good enough to pray. I didn’t know what to say, how to say it, or how long to say it for. I have learned that it’s possible to learn how to pray.
You can read books, study scripture, and follow the examples of others around you.
3. Prayer is always answered
God always answers our prayers. Sometimes He says yes, other times He says no. Often He says nothing, which means we need to continue to wait on Him. As a daughter of the King you are always heard!
5 Books on Prayer to Get You Started
If you are struggling with your prayer life in any way, here are 5 books on prayer to help you get started in the right direction.
Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero: If you struggle to understand the power that you have through prayer as a Christian woman you NEED this book! God has given us all the tools we need to fight against the enemy; we just need to learn how to use them.
Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer: This book will help you create a plan of attack for different areas of your life that the enemy tries to get at. This is more than a good read; each chapter ends with you writing out your own prayers.
Waging Prophetic Warfare: Effective Prayer Strategies to Defeat the Enemy: If you are not familiar with spiritual warfare then you may be missing out on all the ways you can stomp all over the enemy. This book will show you some specific and key ways to pray your way to victory.
Prayer Portions: Understanding who God is is key to finding victory through prayer. This book will help you learn and study different names of God in a way that will radically change your faith walk.
The Hour that Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer: Do you have a hard time praying for a long time? This book lays out a practical plan for praying for one hour each day.