Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Pray A to Z

17 December 2016

Pray A to Z

Have you ever told someone, "I'll pray for you," but as soon as you've arrived home, you neglect to bring their prayers and requests before God? Or has a close friend told you some hard news, and you're unsure exactly how to pray for them? If you have experienced these things, then you will want to read Pray A to Z: A practical guide to pray for your community by Amelia Rhodes.

Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayerrequests 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 prayersof 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.

My thoughts:

Earlier this year, God convicted me that I was to be more diligent in praying for people, other than myself. Late last winter, I blurted out to my husband, "God never answers my prayers." Those five words helped show me that I do not believe what God says about praying to Him. At this point, I started writing down my prayer requests, and when they were answered (positively or negatively), I'd write the date down. Doing this simple thing helped show me that God does answer prayers in His timing.

This book is great at opening my eyes to see where others may have needs that others may have that I don't. It includes some heavier topics (abuse, divorce, eating disorders, mental health, sexuality, etc.) that the church tends to shy away from or to gossip about rather than praying. On the infertility page, I jotted down various friends struggling with infertility now; if God chooses to bless various friends with more children, I'll write down "PTL" and the date children are born. I did the same on other pages as well, since doing this helps me to be more mindful of those I'm praying for.

I did not use the prayer text in the book, because it was far too easy for me to pray without thought.

I was sent a copy of Pray A to Z for the purpose of review.
All opinions are my own, and I was 
not compensated in any way.

5 comments:

  1. "I'll pray for you" could be one of the most common lies Christians tell. And I suspect we don't do it intentionally! We mean well, but we forget. I could see this book helping. Thank you for the honest review!

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  2. What a great book to help guide in praying for others.

    I find a lot of prayer requests on Facebook. I'll pray in the moment when it is right in front of me. Some friends keep a prayer book and add intentions as they come to them.

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  3. Sounds like a great book and very helpful at helping to kick start a prayerful life when one doesn't know what to say.

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  4. I actually like to have this book. Just to write note of what I had seen on my Facebook requesting prayers by friends and their friends. Just a memory for me to keep on that book would be nice.

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  5. Great idea. I try to pray for someone immediately either out loud with them or silently as soon as I say that because I will forget. I've been using Power of a Praying Wife and Power of a Praying Parent for focused prayers.

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