Books on Prayer-The Ultimate Resource List
By: Miranda New
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Why read books on prayer?
Prayer is very powerful. It is our way to communicate directly with God. When you’re first learning how to pray, it can feel quite intimidating. While it is as simple as just speaking to God, it somehow feels much more complicated than that.
Learning to pray confidently is a journey we all must make in order to further our relationship with God. He wants to know us, and the best way for us to draw closer to him is through prayer.
There are several resources available to help you build a strong foundation for a powerful prayer life.
The first resource you should always access is your Bible. If you don’t have one of your own or are in need of a new one, I highly recommend this one [insert link to bible for purchase].
Some Scriptures to Put The Importance of Prayer Life Into Perspective
- “Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- “This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
- “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)
- “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.” (James 5:13)
- “Therefore I say unto you, whatsoever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)
- “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Mark 11:24)
- “But you, when you pray, enter into your closet and when you have shut the door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and the Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Therefore, do not be like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:6-8)
- “The lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)
- “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
The Ultimate List of Books on Prayer
Many men and women of God have studied prayer and have shared with us the wisdom and knowledge that they have on the topic of prayer.
Listed below are several books on prayer. It is my hope that this ultimate list of books on prayer will help you cultivate your prayer life.
Whether your motive is just to draw closer to God, or to receive an answer for a very specific request, I pray that this resource is a source of help for you.
The Power of Praying Series
The Power of the Praying Series is a series by Stormie Omartian. These books are a joy to read and helpful in kick-starting your prayer life. If you’re not sure how to start praying, these books will guide you in the right direction.
Some in the series include:
Lord, Teach Us to Pray by Andrew Murray
Lord, Teach Us to Pray was published over 100 years ago, this Sermon is as useful today as it was then. Andrew Murray teaches us how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer the same way that Jesus did. Compact and to the point, this book is helpful for anyone wanting a better prayer life.
Fervant By Priscilla Shirer
Fervent: A woman’s battle plan to serious, specific, and strategic, prayer by Priscilla Shirer is a must-read!
You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ.
What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.
This book is your chance to strike back. With prayer. With a weapon that really works. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down.
Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God but few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.
The Circle Maker: Praying circles around your biggest dreams and greatest fears by Mark Batterson
Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker–a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his impossible prayer for his people.
The Circle Maker has also been used as a four session small group Bible Study so grab a group of your girlfriends and read this powerful account of a man who stood firm in his faith and was not afraid to get bold in his requests.
Powerful Prayers in the War Room: Learning to Pray like a Powerful Prayer Warrior by Daniel Lancaster
Do you struggle to find the right words to speak in the presence of Almighty God? Praying to God may feel foreign or like a ritual, and adding to that frustration, you worry that God isn’t listening. Even if He hears, will He reply? Powerful Prayers in the War Room will show you God not only listens but also answers. Or maybe you already pray regularly and are looking for a tuneup for your prayer life. This book is for you, too.
A Praying life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
In A Praying Life, Paul Miller shares his wisdom and encourages readers to become a “factory of prayer”. This book will make you want to pray not just out of necessity but a desire to connect with your creator.
Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel Centered Faith by Scotty Smith
This beautiful book is a collection of 365 scripture centered prayers. With this resource, you don’t have to feel obligated to pray a lengthy or wordy prayer. Maybe you aren’t sure what to pray for, and that’s ok! Start with one of these prayers and let the Holy Spirit lead from there.
A Simple way to Pray by Martin Luther
A small booklet written by Martin Luther for his friend Peter to teach him how to pray. He reminds us that while praying is important, we should be sure to precede prayer with a heart of worship to our creator.
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody
This is the first book on prayer I ever read. I didn’t know what this book was at first. I found it for free on Kindle one day and decided to read it on a whim. This book has become my favorite book on prayer.
In this book, Diane shares her struggles with being consistent in prayer in a way that is transparent, genuine, and relatable. She shares not only her struggles with prayer, but the things she has found to be effective in cultivating a habit of prayer.
Personally, I think that every young woman needs to read this book on prayer.
Prayer Warrior: Powerful prayer points for victorious christian living by Timothy Gracie
In the first part of this book Timothy walks you through the armor of God and its importance in our life. After you learn how to put on the armor of God and to fight for the faith, he shares his prayer points.
Among the prayer points are how to pray for lost souls, how to pray for victory over sin and God’s will to be done, and peace.
Highly recommend this book for an in depth look of fighting your battles on your knees.
Looking to grow your prayer life or learn more about how to pray? This ultimate list of books on prayer is sure to help you as you seek to ignite your prayer life.
I do want to offer one word of encouragement though, it doesn’t matter how you pray but just that you pray!
While these books are sure to help you grow in prayer, it’s important that you take what you learn and put it to the test. Talk to Jesus, dear one! He longs to hear from you.
Got a book on prayer that you love that did not make the list? Be sure to let me know about it in the comments below. I am always looking to grow my prayer resource library.