Inside: There are seasons where you just don’t have the time or energy to study the Bible or write out your own prayers. A devotional for beginners is a great way to be consistent with your quiet time with God.
Can I share something with you? I have really been slacking with my devotions: both prayer and Bible study.
I talk to God when I’m trying to figure something out or when I have a need. But I have not been intentional or consistent about really studying or praying for myself or my family.
Honestly, there’s just so many needs that I have felt overwhelmed. And I’ve been feeling really exhausted. We have been walking a hard road for the last 3 years and it just seems to get harder and harder.
I let someone else write out my prayers for me. I decided to let someone else handle my devotions.
One lesson that I have learned over the last 10 years is the importance of recognizing when I need a break. Rest is so important and it’s actually an act of warfare against the enemy. He wants us to be so busy trying to put out all the fires and fix all the problems so that when he really attacks us hard we are too worn out to fight. That’s how I felt for about half of last year.
I’m not having that this year. So I knew that I needed to get back on my prayer game but I also knew that I needed to take it easy for a little while. I really wanted to dig deep into scripture but I wasn’t ready to take it on myself.
So I walked over to my bookshelf and pulled off some of my favorite prayer books and I decided to use them as both my devotions and prayer strategy this month.
It’s so easy. I open the page to where I left off and pray the prayer that someone else so graciously wrote out for me.
My Favorite Prayer Devotionals for Beginners
When I first started using prayer devotionals I felt like I was cheating. But then I realized that it was okay to let someone else do the leg work for a little while if it meant that I would actually be intentional and consistent with my quiet time.
I reminded myself that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
And you know what? God spoke to me through the pages of those books. Books that I hadn’t picked up in almost 10 years. Such a wonderful time of renewal.
I could focus on hearing the voice of God without having to worry about what to say in my prayers or what to study in my Bible.
You want to be sure that you aren’t wasting time on fluff. When choosing a devotional you want to make sure that it’s scripture based and not just a book full of someone else’s thoughts. The best devotionals for beginners will have solid biblical teaching, scripture-based prayers and always point you back to the Word.
When you need to pray for yourself:
For some reason, I always forget to pray for myself. I don’t mean that I don’t talk to God about what I need or want. I do that all the time. However, I do forget to pray specifically for God’s will in my life. That’s one reason I like having a devotion or prayer book — to remind me of things I forget.
- The Power of a Praying Woman: This was the first book that I read that helped me to understand how important it is to pray for myself. Stormie Omartian is one of my favorites, she always gives great spiritual guidance and her prayers are based on scriptures.
- Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer: If you have not spent time understanding the strategic plans that the enemy creates to destroy each of us, you much read this book! Priscilla Shirer does an excellent job of helping you prayer scripture-laced prayers that yield great spiritual results.
- Praying God’s Will for Your Life: Spend 20 days praying with Stormie Omartian in the areas of your spiritual life that matter the most. This one even has journaling space!
When you need to pray for your marriage:
Just like Satan is after you, he’s also after your marriage. If the devil can destroy families then he has a better chance of getting to our children. Over the years I have learned the importance of covering my husband in prayer, especially when hard times come.
- The Power of a Praying Wife: This is a great place to start when it comes to covering your husband in prayer. Stormie shares stories from her own marriage, solid biblical teaching and scripture-based prayers to cover him for an entire month.
- The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage: Don’t think that this book only applies if your marriage is in crisis. Yes, this is a good book to pick up during those times but it’s also a great book to pray in advance. Prayer can also prevent things from happening.
When you need to pray for your children:
My children are the true reason that I became super passionate about prayer. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t do something to really mess them up, LOL. Really I knew that I needed God’s help to raise my boys and stay sane.
- The Power of a Praying Parent: This was my go prayer book for a long time. I would pray one prayer a day for a month or I would pray the same prayer for an entire week. This book helped me to see the different areas of my boys’ lives that I needed to pray over.
- Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most: My friend, Brooke, wrote this books a few years ago and it really helped me understand the importance of specific and consistent prayers for my boys. If you have girls, check out Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most.
- Praying Circle Around Your Children: This is a short and quick read but it’s very powerful. Praying for your children can sometimes leave you feeling discouraged. When I feel like my prayers aren’t making a difference this is the book I go back to.