Praying The Bible

Resource Review by Michelle Helmkamp

Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney is the most practical, easily applied book I have ever read on prayer. Hands down, it has changed the way I pray.  Whitney does not shy away from the difficulties we all have in prayer or heap on the shame we already feel for not being better prayer warriors.

Instead, he gives us a practical way to combine the two offensive weapons God gives us: His Word and prayer. Joni Eareckson Tada is quoted in the book saying, “It’s a matter of power. When we bring God’s Word directly into our praying, we are bringing God’s power into our praying.” If I am going to pray, I want to pray in GOD’S power, not my own.  

Whitney teaches us how to pray through a passage of scripture.  This is so simple; it’s brilliant! On my own, I don’t always know WHAT to pray, but when I pray God’s Word He shows me what to pray and I can know it’s within His will. On my own, I can get caught up praying the same things over and over. When I pray the Bible, I pray new things I would not think of on my own. He brings people and situations to mind as I read His Word that probably would not have been prayed for otherwise. I am thankful for the way my prayer life has been impacted by this (little) book.

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