Thursday, May 25, 2006

RESOURCE: Refocus Prayer off Self & onto God (4 Books)

Praying from God's Heart Experiencing the Power of God-Formed Prayer
by Lee Brase

Tired of superficial, ineffective prayers? Learn to focus your heart on the Father.
If you've often felt your heart turn toward God only to find yourself feeling totally tongue-tied, this practical guide will help you find your voice. If you talk to God regularly but worry that your prayers are superficial, unscriptural, or ineffective, Praying from God's Heart will show you how to pray scripturally and deeply—with a God-focused heart. You'll experience:

Praising God
Strategic prayer
Practicing prayer
Prayerful waiting
Praying scripturally
The power of group prayer
Persevering through prayer

Designed specifically for small-group studies in the home or at church, this workbook will guide you to a deeper understanding of God as you learn to focus on His attributes rather than your own desires.

Easily adaptable to the needs of your small group, Praying from God's Heart can be used in either sixteen 60-minute sessions or nine 90-minute sessions. You don't even need a trained leader—just a heartfelt desire to pray with God as your focus. Praying from God's Heart will inspire and guide you to more effective, more genuine, more worshipful prayer.

Meditative Prayer
Entering God's Presence

In today's society we are often handicapped in our spiritual growth by too narrow a horizon when it comes to spiritual practices. Each generation suffers a kind of collective amnesia, forgetting the practices and perspectives that nourished countless followers of Christ in centuries past. Rediscovering these skills is one way to respond to our culture's—and our own—deep spiritual hunger.

While it is surely preposterous for us to suppose we can interact with the God of this universe, Scripture repeatedly invites us to do that very thing. Prayer is not a minor idea tucked into the cracks of the text, it is central, normative, and expected. Why is it, then, that our prayers are so often dry and difficult?

In Meditative Prayer, you'll discover ways of prayer that make use of your mind and imagination, that address your needs as well as strengthen your spirit. By drawing from a number of different sources—Scripture, wise men and women who have gone before, and one another—this study guide will enable your soul to drink deeply from the inexhaustible well of prayer. (Though you can use this guide for a personal journey of prayer, it is ideally suited for exploration with a small group of like-minded friends.)

When the Soul Listens
Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer
by Jan Johnson

Do you want purpose and daily direction but can't seem to find the "right" prayer to receive it? "If prayer has 'stopped working' for you or if you want to know the reality of God, I invite you now to explore contemplative prayer and a lifestyle that allows you to experience God's presence," says Jan Johnson. When the Soul Listens will guide you away from formulas and step-by-step plans toward true contemplative prayer. Learn to find rest and guidance in God, opening yourself to God's presence and direction through this practical approach. If you are disillusioned, searching for something that makes sense, or experiencing spiritual dryness, When the Soul Listens offers a clear path to a fulfilling connection with God and helps you allow God to work change in your life through prayer. Isn't that what you want?

Simplify Your Spiritual Life
Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed
by Donald S. Whitney

Let's face it—we live in a complex world. Technology improves daily, and with it, the pace increases. Surrounded by driving forces, it is no small wonder that our spiritual lives take a hit. But if the weight of the world is hindering your walk with the Lord, maybe now's the time to step back and evaluate.

Includes a chapter on Simplifying and Prayer.

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