3 Things you Need to Know to Get Started with Prayer

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Inside: When you are sure how to find the answers you need from God these 5 books on prayer will help you get started.

I was drowning in my troubles and I had no idea how I was going to make it through. Every time I reached out 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 the 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.


Do you have a favorite book on prayer?

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16 Comments

  1. My favorite prayer book is by Stormie Omartian. Praying Woman

    1. Yes that’s a great one! I love that one and the one about being a praying parent.

  2. Thank you again Ms. Latoya. My favorite prayer book is Psalms because the honor, humility, submission and adoration the psalmist gives when he breathes God’s name is such a reminder to me of who God is and what a privilege it is for me to speak to Him.

  3. Hi LaToya! I just happen to be reading a helpful book on prayer by Bill Hybels called Too Busy Not to Pray. It’s a very simple read but contains deep truths. You would like it!

      1. LaToya please pray for my family. I feel as Satan is tearing us apart and I don’t know what to do except pray.

  4. Alexandria says:

    Intercession by Joy Dawson is great! I just got one of the books listed here, The Hour That Changes The World! Excited to dig in!

  5. Thank you for sharing the links LaToya. I look forward to checking out a few of the books you mentioned. I am always seeking a deeper prayer life!

  6. Have you read books on Mark Virkler , he teaches you how to pray and talk to Jesus. Inspiring book.

    1. I’m not familiar with him. I will check it out, thanks!

  7. Prayers that Rout Demons, Prayers that Break Curses, Cast Out… really anything by Apostle Eckhardt

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