101 Most Powerful Prayers in the Bible

by Glen Jones

The title does not do justice to the book's content. These 101 offerings are indeed powerful, but they are pithy essays that exude a fragrance like the sweet scent of a flower garden. Each selection begins with a Scripture passage, followed by a human-interest anecdote, and concludes with a sample prayer. Scripture texts are taken from the Gospels, Paul's letters, the prophetic writings, and most of all, the Psalms.

A variety of prayers center on spiritual growth, a deeper knowledge of God, help in trouble, and the sinner's prayer for God's mercy. Here are a few of the scriptural prayers included in this book: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen." (Phil. 4: 23); "On my bed I remember you: I think of you through the watches of the night," (Ps. 63:6); "Great is your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:23); and the ultimate prayer, "Amen, Come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).

One short paragraph in one of the "stories" caught my eye as summarizing the essence of the entire book: "A joyful, abundant, and prayerful life will not happen automatically. We must choose it for ourselves. How do we go about choosing such a life? We could, perhaps, choose to celebrate one thing every day: large or small, outlandish or ordinary. It doesn't matter. The important thing is to prayerfully honor the Lord by living the fulfilling life He died to give us" (page 150).

Target: All

Type: Devotional

Take: Recommended

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