Who among us has not reached a barren place in our prayer life? Perhaps our circumstances overwhelm us and our thoughts and words refuse to flow. Or the need of the moment seems so enormous we aren’t certain how to ask. Like the disciples asking Jesus to teach them to pray, we yearn for guidance on re-energizing our prayers. PrayerPoints offers hope for those in need of prayer help. Stamped on the cover is this reminder:
The LORD is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth. Psalm 145:18 NLT
The book’s leather-like cover and detail give PrayerPoints a collector’s feel, but the handy size reminds the reader this is not a book intended to occupy space on a shelf. PrayerPoints is a practical tool we can utilize in our daily walk.
I paged through looking for the names of the contributors for the 200+ entries in the work, but found none listed. The authors created this helpful work but left the credit to God alone. Each article points the reader to God’s Word as a basis for hope in prayer.
Readers will find a common format in the entries. The topic is coupled with a sub-title and a short paragraph defining the problem. Does this apply to me? If so, I can read on. If not, I can move on. In the section, God’s Promises, readers are pointed to applicable Bible verses in easy-to-read versions of Scripture such as NLT, ESV, MSG, and NIV. Next is a paragraph with suggestions on how to pray and claim the promises. Last is an action for the reader to employ in digging deeper and asking God’s help.
PrayerPoints offers two indexes. The first, Guide to Prayer Topics, organizes the entries by topic (emotional, physical, relational, or spiritual). The second, Scripture Index, also organized by topic, allows the reader to locate Scripture that addresses the problem under investigation. These features make PrayerPoints a ready-reference.
Who might enjoy a copy of PrayerPoints? The attractive volume makes this a thoughtful gift, and the book is small enough to tuck into a book bag, purse, or briefcase. Pastors, counselors, and friends who reach out to help others will enjoy the book’s practicality. Believers seeking fresh air in the prayer life or guidance on overcoming prayer blocks will appreciate the lessons in PrayerPoints.
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of PrayerPoints to facilitate my review.
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