It’s hard because it requires discipline, and frankly, I’m lacking in the discipline department more often than I care to admit.
It’s hard because I’m busy and distractible, and prayer demands my full attention.
Prayer is hard because I frequently forget that me plus God equals a majority – every.time. Instead, I tackle the ordinary, daily hurdles as well as the more challenging obstacles life hurls in my direction head on … by myself. I’m apparently a slow learner.
There are a variety of other reasons that I find prayer to be hard. You too?
Beth Moore’s latest release is a 10-week devotional of prayer called Whispers of Hope. Moore takes the “hard” out of the discipline of prayer. She provides her readers with 70 (7 days x 10 weeks) daily devotionals. Apparently one isn’t meant to take the weekends off from praying. [I knew that.] She also gives us 3 pages of instruction on the prayer guide, which follows each of the daily devotions. Finally, you will find an answer log at the end of the book, in which you record … wait for it … answers to the prayers you’ve documented throughout the book.
I really like Beth’s acronym around which all 70 devotions are built:
Praise – God knows who He is, but He wants to know that YOU know who He is, so PRAISE Him and tell Him who you know Him to be.
Repentance – You simply have to come clean. (Psalm 51)
Acknowledgement of God’s authority in my/your life – “Voice your choice to bend your knee to Him” (p. 2)
Intercession … I especially loved her reminder that this won’t take so long if you eliminate the tendency to tell God how to answer the prayer. (Ouch)
Supplication – “bring Him your innermost thoughts, fears, hurts, gains, losses, and desires” (p. 3).
Equipping – Ask Him to equip you as you serve Him.
And then she encourages us to wrap all of these steps up with THANKSGIVING.
The structure of this book is such that after the introductory pages, there are 70 devotions. Each begins with a passage of Scripture followed by the reference to several verses that you are meant to read and studied on your own. Next you get a page-long serving of biblical teaching related to these passages that specifically and practically apply to your life.
Can I just mention here that Beth Moore really gets it? No, I mean she really gets it. As I read through several of the devotions, I caught myself thinking Oh, yes, I’ve done this … felt this … said this … As soon as the thought skipped through my mind, I was more eager than ever to read the teaching that followed.
What I really appreciate is that Beth isn’t taking us through the exercise for the sake of hearing more of her wisdom. No, she’s priming us to pour our hearts out to our Creator, our Father, our Lord and Savior. The real value of this book is in the pages with all the white space, where the real work begins.
I’ve been asking God to give me a fresh start in 2014 in the area of prayer, so I see God’s hand in me being asked to review Whispers of Hope.
Though I’ve now read the introduction and several of the devotions already, I’m starting on page one on January 1 and am committing to 70 days of prayer. That takes me through March 11. I leave for Nepal on March 19. I can’t think of a better way to prepare my heart for the journey God has for me. Do you want to join me … on reading and praying through Whispers of Hope.
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