Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pray from A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community by Amelia Rhodes


Change the world one prayer at a time.

How would our community change if instead of absently saying, “I’ll pray for you,” we actually did pray–deeply, intensely, and purposefully?

Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayer requests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father.

With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter–three prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God’s presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong–on His strong shoulders.

Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

My Thoughts:

You really can't go wrong with this book! It might sound a little corny to list prayers from A to Z, but it greatly opened my mind to those that need my prayers(and yours). There are many that I don't think about on a regular basis, and this book has been a great reminder to do just that. Plus, it's not just prayers for those in need. There's also prayers of blessing and praise.

Each letter will get several topics, and each topic gets a page with a Bible verse, an assignment for prayer, and then a sample prayer. The author makes it clear that the prayers listed in this book aren't meant to be recited. They should be seen as "conversation starters". I firmly believe that prayers should come from my heart, not the heart of someone else, so I greatly appreciate that reminder from her.

To give you an example of what you might see: The letter "D" gets the topics of "Depression and Mental Health", "Divorce", "Dementia and Alzheimer's", which are "Prayers of Petition" and "Deliverer", and "Dwelling Place", which are "Prayers of Praise".

The book is super simple, but so helpful! You're encouraged to write notes and use this book and these prayers as just a starting point. (I'd recommend a separate journal or notebook for that, because there's not a ton of room left over. I don't write tiny, though.)

This book truly IS a practical guide for praying for your community. Again, you can't go wrong with it.

*I was given a free copy of this book.

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