There's also a study guide included at the back of the book. To me, I feel like the theme of the book is: in order to pray effectively, you have to take the focus off of you and not only be willing to pray sincerely but also listen to what God is saying back. It's not a time of us having our chance to talk and then we throw in a hurried "amen" before God can respond. We have to exchange our timetable for His. He wants our prayers to be God-centered, Christ-centered, and Spirit-centered - not thing-centered, trial-centered, and circumstance-centered. Charles Stanley Publisher: David C. It connects us with our heavenly Father and opens the door for Him to move in our lives, to impact our circumstances, and to help us make wise choices.
Yet—few of us claim to enjoy a satisfying prayer life. Charles Stanley will show us how to cultivate a prayer life that truly makes a difference. Inside the pages of this book, Dr. Stanley will show us:. How we can pray with authority. How we can receive answers to prayer. Why prayers seem to go unanswered. How we can pray for others and more. And Dr. Sep 22, Sheila Calabrese rated it really liked it. Many people think of prayer as the last resort in a time of crisis.
In his book Dr. Charles Stanley explaines that prayer is actually communion with God. He goes into great detail in analyzing the manner in which prayers are answered and how to pray within the will of God. His insights will not only improve your prayer life but help you to understand the barriers to a more rich and rewarding relationship with God.
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Dec 28, Adriane rated it really liked it. Short and easy to read. Clear and to the point. Very helpful in providing direction and giving helpful answers to the most common questions we have about prayer. Stanley does an excellent job of explaining our number one means of communicating with God. He shares personal experiences and gives examples of others who struggle same as I do.
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Easily understood. Aug 02, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: religious , self-improvement , spiritual-inspiration , comforting-books. Inspiring and full of nice examples of the power of prayer. I really liked this book for the most part. There were only a few parts that I did not agree with and have experienced differently. Mar 15, Amanda Watkins added it. I have followed Charles Stanley's books for years. This one was great. I found it to be very informative and learned a few things I did not know. I realize I am not supposed to get someone's formula for prayer, but I have been struggling lately, and this book helped put things back into perspective again.
I definitely recommend it. However, I do feel those who feel confident in their prayer lives would just be reviewing practices they already practice in their prayers on a regular basis. In my o I have followed Charles Stanley's books for years. In my opinion, it is for those who either don't know how to pray, don't feel confident when they pray, or are struggling to pray at all Sep 29, christianchicklit rated it it was amazing. We have a God that desires to truly know us and have a relationship with us.
This book helps to teach principles beyond using prayer as a tool to just ask God for stuff. For each lesson, it includes the overall goals for each session, what you can do to prepare for each session and several discussion questions relating to each chapter. From a quick review of the questions, it seems like this would be a terrific study to share with a small group.
I think there would be great value in doing this study with others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Sep 10, Dana Rongione rated it it was amazing. One thing I know without a doubt is that I always receive a blessing from Dr.
Charles Stanley. This book is no exception. Just when I thought I'd heard everything there was to know about prayer, Dr. Stanley opened my eyes to new revelations in God's Word. Chapter by chapter, he unveiled mysteries such as how to pray, when to pray and why some prayers seem to go unanswered. And while I don't necessarily agree with everything in the book, I feel that every believer would benefit from reading this One thing I know without a doubt is that I always receive a blessing from Dr. And while I don't necessarily agree with everything in the book, I feel that every believer would benefit from reading this book.
I don't believe it was a coincidence that I was reading this book during a dark time in my life. Frustrated with situations beyond my control, I was losing faith that God was truly hearing my prayers. Like David in the Psalms, I found myself constantly pleading, "Lord, please don't hide your face from me.
Help me! I'm in trouble here. Stanley's book served to remind me that there were some things in my life I needed to get right before God would even hear my prayer. Beyond that, I was reminded that just because I don't receive an immediate answer or even the answer I want does not mean that God is not listening. God knows best and will answer in His way and His time. I'm thankful to have had such a good and encouraging book to read in my dark hour. Not only did it give me hope, it helped redirect me to the Light. Dec 27, Dottie Parish rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-living , christian-non-fiction.
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Handle with Prayer by Charles Stanley is an excellent, biblical, easy to read book covering various aspects of prayer. I have read many books on prayer and I pray daily, but the lessons here will deepen my prayer life. The chapter Praying and Fasting explains the biblical reasons fasting intensifies our prayer life and brings us closer to Christ.
The chapter titled A Prayer Burden presented ideas Handle with Prayer by Charles Stanley is an excellent, biblical, easy to read book covering various aspects of prayer. The chapter titled A Prayer Burden presented ideas new to me. When we pray without a burden we pray repetitiously and with little energy. I need to reread and study this book and suggest my small group study it! Jan 04, Krystal Lockhart rated it really liked it Shelves: bible-study. Charles Stanley did a great job at breaking down what the Bible says about prayer.
He covers all aspects of praying. Stanley used specific verses and how we can apply what those verses teach to our lives and ultimately how we pray. He also includes examples from his own life and lives of those he has counseled. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting help understanding the power of prayer when done as the Bible instructs.
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May 24, Sundi rated it really liked it. This book really opened my eyes to the power of prayer. It both convicted me and taught me how to better dig into God's Word. God used this book as a tool to renew my prayer life. It taught me ways not only to pray for myself but to pray for others. Thank you Charles Stanley for following God's prompting to write it. This book is more of a guideline than a novel.
I am reading it again! In the back is a study guide that one could use in a reading group. I plan to lead a bible study session with my son. This book will become a useful reference guide for me to refer to regulary. Jan 22, Marie C rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book because it opened my heart to the true meaning of prayer and if done with the purpose it was intended the results will be more fulfilling.
I now enter into praying with a different, but relaxing attitude. A Biblical Resource This is more than just a book to read. It can serve as a small group Bible study. It's an excellent resource to learn more about prayer: how to, who we should pray for, etc. Take the challenge. Grow in faith. Join the battle. God needs more prayer warriors. Great book Some stuff already knew but it was good to be reminded. I needed the eye-opener. I felt refreshed and I recommend this to everyone that is in need of being refreshed and simply want to know more about prayer! Nov 20, Denise rated it did not like it Shelves: religion-myth-superstition.
Free Kindle download. Typical Christianese. I prefer the Beetlejuice method, provided Joe Pesci isn't available. Nov 25, Oliver rated it it was amazing Shelves: faith. One of the best, most readable and applicable books I have read. Enjoyed it so much we are going to use it in our small group. The Sunday Missal Blue edition.
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