Guidebook to Prayer, A

24 Ways to Walk with God

Donna K. Maltese

Price: S$28.36

Why is prayer so hard? Many of us have asked that question. We want to pray. We intend to pray. But, as spiritual director and professor MaryKate Morse notes, “We don’t pray as consistently or as meaningfully as we might like.” And yet prayer offers us such spiritual riches. Prayer

  • draws us to experience love and to be love
  • increases our faith
  • expands our vision of God
  • helps us grow in self-understanding
  • gives us perspective on life and death

Morse continues: “Through prayer, we experience forgiveness, guidance and peace. We are healed physically and emotionally. We experience the mystery of God, see truth and receive spiritual gifts. We receive vision and courage for God’s mission. Faith becomes more beautiful, more real.” This guidebook is designed to move you from lamenting over prayerlessness to the joy of praying. Whether you are a beginner or a lifetime person of faith, you will find a treasure trove of riches here to guide you into a deeper experience of prayer.

Each chapter explores a different angle of prayer with sections focusing on each of the persons of the Trinity―Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And each chapter offers specific ways to pray both on your own, with a partner or in a group. Sprinkled throughout are reflections from the author’s former students describing on their own experience with these practices. A treasure trove of both resources and encouragement, you will find this book to be an indispensable guide to your life of prayer.

Reviews:

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I had a mentor once who warned me of the danger of reading about prayer without praying. There is no shortage of books on prayer which describe prayer’s power, methodology, theology and practice. I have found many of these books thought-provoking and a few inspiring. But some books remain opaque to me–either too deep for me to grasp with my own shallow practice of prayer or too dry to set my heart ablaze.
Mary Kate Morse has written a book on prayer which is theologically rich, warmly invitational and inspirational. A Guidebook to Prayer presents twenty-four ways to deepen your relationship with God and enter into the practice of prayer.

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The best book on prayer is the Bible. That being said, from time to time the Spirit of God inspires individuals to create extra biblical resources on prayer. The purpose of these resources is to assist us in apprehending the practical revelation on prayer that is often elusive. Even though we read the Bible about prayer and the Bible presents the subject matter clearly and thoroughly, still sometimes the actual act of prayer in a daily relevant, meaningful expression is challenging. Add to that the frustration of the feeling that at times our prayers appear to be cumbersome, fruitless and pointless.
God understands these challenges and others that I have not mentioned. Hence in His mercy, He makes ways for us to connect the vital necessity of prayer from the Bible to our lives by providing us additional support tools to be used along side the Bible. “A Guidebook To Prayer” by MaryKate Morse is one of those support tools. This is one of the best extra biblical books on prayer that I have ever read. Ms. Morse does a masterful job of remaining true to the Bible while simultaneously offering relevant, practical and powerful insights on making prayer the fulfilling, effective and enjoyable reality that God intended it to be in our lives.
I was so blessed by this book, that I procured it for our church and I am currently using it as my main extra biblical resource along with the Bible to teach on prayer at our church in our Mid-Week Bible Study. Those in our church who are faithful to journey with us through this study are reporting how it is immensely blessing them in developing their personal prayer lives.

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a book on prayer but this just might be the best I’ve ever come across. The focus is on various ways we might intentionally encounter God.
Prayer is the word used to describe those various kinds of encounter. This angle alone opens up the discussion in refreshing and what for some might be news ways of thinking about and practicing prayer.
The book is well-written, with lots of examples and quotes from people who pray while never getting formulaic. Suggestions are found in each chapter on how to lead groups into prayer. There is much to be appreciated here.