I've found the best way to learn about prayer is to read other people's prayers. Here are my favorite collections:
Precious Thoughts from the Heart, by Ruth Harms Culkin
A collection of 6 previously-published titles, this book gives us a glimpse of the author’s prayer journals. Her prayer-poems sparkle with honesty and a deep love for Jesus. She talks to the Lord about her marriage, nature, trials, friends, and her desire for spiritual growth. The marriage poems make this an appropriate gift for a new bride, but the variety of other subjects makes it a welcome addition to any woman’s bookshelf. 319 pages, at Amazon.
Power Prayers for Women, by Jackie M. Johnson
This is a great book to use in your personal prayer time. It contains “prayer starters” for many different subjects (children, church, home, health, finances, etc.) with scriptures for each one. Read a page a day, or look for a subject to fit a particular need or situation. 23 chapters, 224 pages, at Amazon and Lifeway.
2000 Years of Prayer, edited by Michael Counsell
An extensive collection of Christian prayers through the centuries, arranged according to era and tradition. An excellent resource for study facilitators, writers and lovers of poetry. 644 pages, at Amazon.
Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions,
edited by Arthur G. Bennett
Written in language similar to the King James Bible, these 400-year-old prayers are poetic expressions of a deep commitment to God. Perhaps a few of the authors didn’t grasp God’s grace fully, but their longings for holiness and desire to follow God whole-heartedly are admirable—and worth echoing. 223 pages, at Amazon and Lifeway.
Stormie Omartian’s Books of Prayers: Power of a Praying Woman Book of Prayers, The Power to Change Your Marriage Book of Prayers, The Prayer that Changes Everything Book of Prayers, Power of Praying for Your Adult Children Book of Prayers, The Power of a Praying Parent Book of Prayers, Power of a Praying Husband Book of Prayers, Power of a Praying Wife Book of Prayers.
These books are collections of the prayers found within the Power of Praying books. Printed in a small booklet to easily fit in a purse or pocket, these make great gifts. At Amazon.
Do you have a favorite collection of prayers? Please leave me a comment.
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