A couple of years ago, I received a call from Joyce (not her real name). She had recently accepted Jesus as her personal savior and was in the process of trying to solidify her relationship with the Lord. After reciting her understanding of the basic tenets of Christianity and sharing her beliefs about salvation, she admitted that she was still confused and a bit frustrated. She needed clarity.
Someone along the way had told her to pray about it. And so she did. Joyce said to me that she had been praying the same prayer every day, three or four times a day, for the Lord to reveal a way forward. Then she repeated her prayer and exclaimed, “It’s not working!”
Like so many other new Christians who are seeking maturity in their relationship with the Lord, Joyce thought that her prayers had to take on the characteristics of a secret formula in order to be authentic. She believed that by saying the “right” words in the “right” order, God would hear her petitions and answer. What she failed to realize was that her approach did little to help her build a relationship with the One with whom she desired to have intimacy.
Joyce and I used this experience as a way to broaden her thinking about prayer. There is more than one right way to pray! There is power in all forms of prayer. And the Lord God hears them all!
Praying from the Bottom Up: Beside Still Waters – A Devotional and Prayer Journal can serve as a tool to help you learn more about prayer. Using scripture, photography, and reflective prompts, the journal provides a scaffold for those who wish to develop a daily discipline and build a relationship with God.
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“I love the format of the prayer journal. The purpose of the book, instructions on how to use the journal, and the layout are all clear and easy to understand. I feel that people of all ages, backgrounds, etc. will be able to utilize this resource. The beginning provides sufficient instruction and information concerning prayer. This will also be a great resource for someone who is a new Christian and is being disciple-d by someone more mature in Christ. This can even be useful for “seekers” – those who do not actually have a relationship with Christ. I feel that it will help them to draw closer to Him. Overall, I think it is great for people of all levels!” – Valarie Cooper, Member, Waukegan Community Church—
“I enthusiastically endorse this straightforward and practical “Devotional and Prayer Journal.” Especially helpful for me personally, were the chapters focusing on the “Daily Devotional Tools” and “Finding Your Own Prayer Style.” I have been an academician and clinician for over thirty years and even though I am a Christian, I have often felt that my public prayers were not powerful enough to actually be effective. This journal has changed my views about my prayer life.” – Mary Allen Carey, Ph.D., Allen Carey Associates, LLC —-
“It is a pleasure to endorse this timely book. “Praying from the Bottom Up: Beside Still Waters-A Devotional and Prayer Journal” provides an opportunity for anyone seeking to develop a more intimate focus on their spiritual walk. Many times when I am reading my Bible or praying, I love to jot down notes and scriptures. This ‘Prayer Journal’ gives me another format to support and enrich my prayer life.” – Min. Dr. Dorothy Thompson, Minister, Africa Resurrection & Restoration Ministries (ARRM)