Praying Backwards

Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name

Author: Bryan Chapell

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1585582638

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 8646

Christians often say, "In Jesus' name" to close their prayers. But is this truly a desire of the heart or a perfunctory "Yours Truly" to God? Bryan Chapell says we should begin our prayers in Jesus' name-we should be Praying Backwards. In this practical and inspiring book, he shows readers that to truly pray in Jesus' name is to reorder one's priorities in prayer-and in life-away from oneself and towards Jesus and his kingdom. It is to pray believing in the power and the goodness of the One who hears, and thus to pray boldly, expectantly, and persistently. Readers seeking to transform their prayer lives will find wonderful direction in Praying Backwards.


Returning to Our Source for Answers

Author: Nanci L. Danison

Publisher: Ap Lee & Company

ISBN: 9781934482001

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 282

View: 5918

Backwards is the true story of one big firm trial lawyer's after death face-to-face communication with God/Source about the mysteries of life and death. Backwards shatters the age-old belief that we are mere humans, that fate determines our destinies, and that a task master God demands our obedience and worship. Nanci L. Danison, JD, brings the credibility of a trial lawyer trained to evaluate evidence to her account of the answers to our most pressing spiritual questions: who is God? Who am I? What is the purpose of life? Why am I here? What happens when we die? And how should I live my life here on Earth? She offers a "life plan" from the afterlife that originates in and resonates with our true spiritual nature, and provides step-by-step guidance on how to access and develop our Source-like traits in order to bring peace and happiness to our own lives and our planet.

Not Yet Married

The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating

Author: Marshall Segal

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433555484

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 6172

Life Is Never Mainly About Love and Marriage. So Learn to Live and Date for More. Many of you grew up assuming that marriage would meet all of your needs and unlock God’s purposes for you. But God has far more planned for you than your future marriage. Not Yet Married is not about waiting quietly in the corner of the world for God to bring you “the one,” but about inspiring you to live and date for more now. If you follow Jesus, the search for a spouse is no longer a pursuit of the perfect person, but a pursuit of more of God. He will likely write a love story for you different than the one you would write for yourself, but that’s because he loves you and knows how to write a better story. This book was written to help you find real hope, happiness, and purpose in your not-yet-married life.

Beginning to Pray

Author: Anthony Bloom

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809115099

Category: Religion

Page: 75

View: 7489

Offers meditations on our relationship with God through prayer and tells how to find consolation, express thankfulness, and apprehend the presence of the Lord

Praying the Attributes of God

A Guide to Personal Worship Through Prayer

Author: Rosemary Jensen

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825497261

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 2863

The former director of Bible Study Fellowship offers thirty-one prayer devotions designed to direct thoughtful meditation and prayer through an understanding of the character of God.

Start with Amen

How I Learned to Surrender by Keeping the End in Mind

Author: Beth Guckenberger

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 071808540X

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3788

One power-packed word: amen. Millions of Christians all over the world say this word every day. Yet few realize what richness, depth, truth, and connection are packed into this sacred phrase. Throughout the centuries, Christian tradition has taught us to end prayers with amen. But the Bible is full of stories and passages where God’s people started their prayers with amen. Why? As Beth Guckenberger shows, amen is more than just a way to punctuate a conversation with the God of the Universe. Amen is a declaration of who God is and who we are in relation to him. It is a moment of submission and worship, saying “So be it” to a Sovereignty that holds all things, and acknowledging “It is as you say” to him who holds our lives. In Amen, Beth unpacks all the Bible has to teach us about the moment we say amen to God. Using key scripture passages mixed with fresh teaching and personal stories, she invites readers to experience the richness they’ve been missing. Amen is more than just a word. Amen is a full invitation from God packed with all that he requires from us and all he longs to bestow upon us as his beloved children. As Beth writes, “He is beckoning us all. Come to me. Learn my ways. You are my child, whom I dearly love and bought with a price. The God of Amen rescued you so you can echo amen back to him. God intended this word to be a moment of intimacy, drenched in reverence, replete with peace—the moment when you rest in him and are rejuvenated by him. There is so much more he wants to give. Amen.” If Christians long to be truly connected to their Creator, they must begin with amen. For, as Isaiah 65:16 says, “Because he who is blessed in the earth will be blessed by the God of Amen.”

The Prayer Life

Author: Andrew Murray

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 0802488234

Category: Religion

Page: 157

View: 3653

"I had not supposed that just as He will give all other grace in answer to prayer, so, above all and before all, He will bestow the grace of a praying heart. What folly to think that all other blessings must come from Him, but that prayer, whereon everything else depends, must be obtained by personal effort! Thank God I begin to comprehend—the Lord Jesus is Himself in the inner chamber watching over me, and holding Himself responsible to teach me how to approach the Father. This only He demands—that I, with childlike confidence, wait upon Him and glorify Him." The Prayer Life is a searching inquiry into prayer as the key to spiritual blessing and victory. Andrew Murray has grappled with the sin which plagues every child of God—the sin of prayerlessness. The author exposes this weakness and with incisive clarity proposes a workable solution. His rare insight and practical suggestions bring the true difficulty into perspective while providing an opportunity for each believer to make definite progress in his spiritual experience.

Dog Is God Spelled Backwards

Author: Marcella Bickerstaff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781613791578

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

View: 2978

God is always speaking to us, but most of the time we just aren't listening. We either don't discern His voice or we just ignore Him when He does speak. Far too often, He has to use various ways of getting our attention. In my situation, He chose to use what I cherished the most--my dogs--to make me aware of His Love and Goodness. God speaks in the most unusual, extraordinary, and sometimes funny ways. He speaks the loudest during our times of pain and suffering when we need Him the most.Too often, I experienced pain and unnecessary loss because I ignored Him when He spoke. It was during a traumatic event that it finally dawned on me how long He had been trying to get me to tune my antenna to His frequency, which resonated on the wavelength of my heart. There is no static on His frequency, there only was on mine. I finally figured out that by clearing up the static on my channel, I would always receive clear signals from His transmitter and ride upon His wavelength. By obeying and following His instructions, I can experience more joy, instead of pain or loss.The second lesson I learned was to never give up on praying. Praying is the direct channel into God's throne room of grace and mercy, from which He transmits the signals of love that broadcast answered prayers and instructions. It has been through my journey with dogs that He transmitted the most, because they were the bandwidth on my radio receiver that I operated on. He created them, so He can use them in whatever capacity He chooses. They were just one way He chose to show me how much He really loves me. I just needed to listen and then obey Him.

Unlimited Grace

The Heart Chemistry That Frees from Sin and Fuels the Christian Life

Author: Bryan Chapell

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433552345

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 5100

How God's Unlimited Grace Leads Us to Heartfelt Obedience What if obeying God is not just dreary duty—going through the motions to avoid God's wrath or earn his favor? What if following Christ is pure joy—living in loving response to a grace so profound that it changes all our motivations and affections? Far from encouraging sin, this biblical understanding of grace fuels and empowers the obedience that God commands. Explaining why grace is important and giving us tools to discover it in all of Scripture, Unlimited Grace helps us to see how gospel joy transforms our hearts and makes us passionate for Christ's purposes. Experienced pastor and author Bryan Chapell takes insights from a lifetime of relishing God's grace and pours them into this highly accessible and engaging book, helping readers see how God's grace shines through all of Scripture, for all of life.

Play Me Backwards

Author: Adam Selzer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481401041

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 6264

A committed slacker enlists the help of his best friend (who may or may not be the devil) to get his act together in this “timelessly true to life” (Booklist) novel filled with humor, awkwardness, and honesty, ideal for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Leon Harris isn’t exceptional and he isn’t popular. He’s the kind of guy that peaked in middle school, when once upon a time he was in the “gifted” program and on the fast track to Ivy League glory. Now, a high school senior, he’s a complete slacker who spends his time hanging out in a third-rate ice cream parlor with his best friend, Stan, a guy who (jokingly, Leon thinks) claims to be Satan. Committed to his sloth, Leon panics when he finds out that Anna, the love of his life aka middle school girlfriend, might be moving back to town. Determined to get his act together, Leon asks Stan for help. Stan gives him a few seemingly random and mysterious assignments. Date a popular girl. Listen to Moby-Dick, the audiobook. Find the elusive white grape slushee. Join the yearbook committee. As each task brings Leon one step away from slacker city and one step closer to Anna, he starts to wonder if maybe he shouldn’t have promised Stan his soul after all…

Oremus Student Workbook

A Guide to Catholic Prayer

Author: Mark Toups

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935940463


Page: 107

View: 5730

This Student Workbook is your essential guide to the Oremus study program. It contains all the written materials you need to complete the eight-part study, and is designed to be accompanied by the corresponding presentations from the Oremus DVD series. The workbook includes session outlines, discussion questions, daily readings, and a journal section to record your personal experiences in prayer.

Praying in Rome

Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis

Author: Timothy M. Dolan

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0804139288

Category: Religion

Page: 40

View: 9796

The Archbishop of New York offers his insight on his time in Rome, the Conclave and the election of a new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Since February 2013, many have asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan to comment about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, his final days in the Vatican, the Conclave, and the excitement and joy of the election of Pope Francis. Those two months--between the time Pope Benedict announced his retirement up until the election of Pope Francis--were a deeply spiritual and important period for the Cardinal. In this eBook original, he reflects on that most exciting of times. By turns, witty, provocative, and inspiring Cardinal Dolan gives a first hand account of what happened during those days and what it means for the future of the Church.

13 Powerful Ways to Pray

Author: Eamon Tobin

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1942611897

Category: Religion

Page: 221

View: 2133

Prayer can nourish your soul like nothing else. But just as there are many different foods for the body, so too are there many different types of prayer for the soul. And a healthy prayer diet will include a variety of them for different times and seasons. But what are these different methods of prayer? In this practical book by Fr. Eamon Tobin, you'll discover thirteen of the most common ways to communicate with God. You'll also gain a deeper understanding of why prayer is essential to your life, how it comforts and transforms you, and what to do when it seems dry or difficult. Some of the prayer methods suggested in this book can be easily incorporated into your everyday life, while others require taking time away from your normal activities to intentionally meet God in solitude. But the goal is always the same: connecting with God and learning to know him more intimately. When it comes to prayer, there's something here for everyone.

Living the Lord's Prayer

Author: David Timms

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9781441207784

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 971

As they examine each familiar phrase of the Lord's Prayer, readers will uncover a profound framework for spiritual growth. In a reader-friendly, memorable style, David Timms points to Jesus's teaching on community, love for the broken and isolated, holiness in an age of profanity, dealing with the evil within, resisting temptations, and much more. This critically acclaimed book will appeal to all who desire to go deeper into spiritual formation, helping them taste the life-giving water that only Jesus can provide. The new discussion guide makes it a great book for small groups as well as individuals.


Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight

Author: J. I. Packer,Carolyn Nystrom

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830833542

Category: Religion

Page: 319

View: 7657

Includes study questions, prayer exercises and journaling suggestions for each chapter Praying is an action that is of the essence of Christian existence. It involves our beliefs, emotions, values, hopes and fears, certainties and uncertainties, knowledge and ignorance. As J. I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom explain, this book "is a heart-to-heart affair, in which two Christians who try to pray and wish they prayed better share thoughts about what they are doing with people whom they envisage as being like themselves." The authors offer hope for those of us who daydream when we try to listen to God and stumble when we try to speak. Let Packer and Nystrom come alongside you to encourage and guide your active praying to our powerful God, and let him move your praying through mere duty to delight.

Your Eyes Saw

Author: Brenda Lurtey

Publisher: Advantage Inspirational

ISBN: 9781597553643

Category: Religion

Page: 244

View: 3562

Why, I wondered, did Jesus heal Lazarus but not Todd? Did I not have enough faith? Where was the miracle I prayed for? "Hope, fear, disappointment, joy, and sorrow tint and shape Brenda's faith in God as she watched Todd's illness deepen and death draw near. In the end, the God who sent His Son into the world to save us all is the God Brenda describes as saving her from profound grief and loss." -Dan Brooks, pastor "Todd's sweet submission to suffering made a lasting impression on me. Few people have impacted me the way Todd did." -Carol Loescher, medical doctor "Todd's diagnosis held the capacity for utter devastation. Instead, Todd was one of those truly remarkable kids who was able to live out his short time with absolute grace. The manner in which Todd and his family lived his last year demonstrate just how powerful it can be to call upon your faith." -John Chandler, surgeon Brenda Lurtey is a fun-loving wife and mother. She loves to swim, spend quality time with friends, bake biscotti, and formulate new recipes based on classics. Brenda has been married for twenty-three years and has been blessed with three sons and one daughter. She currently lives with her husband and children in Greenville, South Carolina.

Prayer Dare

Take the Challenge That Will Transform Your Relationship With God

Author: Ron Kincaid

Publisher: Gospel Light Publications

ISBN: 9780830756568

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 2689

WARNING: If readers accept the author’s challenge, they will pray more deeply, effectively and regularly than they ever have before. Through powerful daily “dares” or challenges, Ron Kincaid, pastor of Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon, guides readers not just to think or talk or read about prayer . . . but to actually pray. Individuals and small groups will gain confidence in their prayer lives, strengthen their understanding of prayer’s purpose and learn how to apply key scriptural principles of prayer to their everyday lives. Prayer Dare is a practical, no-nonsense handbook that demonstrates concepts with relatable illustrations and then invites readers to engage in simple exercises to make the “dare” a personal reality. Journaling space is also provided to record practice and progress. Dares include “Don’t Be Afraid to Ask,” “Pray Like You Mean It,” “Take God Seriously” and “Be Transparent.” Each dare builds on the last, and as readers take the challenges one-by-one, they will begin to do something incredible: pray.

Praying with Therese of Lisieux

Author: Joseph F. Schmidt

Publisher: Companions for the Journey

ISBN: 9781593252632

Category: Religion

Page: 159

View: 3095

Th r se Martin entered the Carmelite monastery of Lisieux, France, at the age of fifteen and died just nine years later, but her life and spirituality have inspired untold numbers of ordinary people. Her "Little Way" proclaims this gospel truth: absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God. Th r se knew that God led her, with all of her inadequacies, to holiness. She assures us that God can do the same for us. Meditations in the book explore her words and actions to pursue her "Little Way."

The Lord and His Prayer

Author: N. T. Wright

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802871771

Category: Religion

Page: 85

View: 1637

"This book began life as a series of sermons preached in Lichfield Cathedral in Advent 1995"--Prologue.