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10 Prayer Books Every Regular Person Should Read

Why read a book about prayer? Do regular people read books on prayer without falling asleep? I'm guessing prayers like "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" and "God is Great, God is Good" won't be able to sustain your prayer needs for the duration of your life. These rote prayers don't have the juice to carry you through sickness, grief, indecision, and worry. Okay, add in "The Lord's Prayer." Now you're making progress. After all, Jesus wrote that one. But are these prayers enough? Although 85% of Americans pray daily, only 20% feel that prayer is an intimate, satisfying experience. Maybe we just need to know a little more about how to pray and why. Over 100,000 titles on prayer are in publication today. If you, as a regular person, read just one good prayer book every year from age 30 to 70, that would only be 40 books on prayer. Just scratching the surface, and yet that's a tall order for most regular people who just want to get th

Start with praise

You want God to hear your prayers? Praise him first. God suggests the context of praise if we want to enter his presence; He knows that if we focus on his goodness instead of our own resourcefulness, we will have faith to endure and conquer the hardships of life. Praise builds faith. Self-focus undermines faith and places us on a path of never-ending anxiety. So praise the Lord for who he is. It will determine who you become! Psalm 100 Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his lov e endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.