Through the years I have used journals to write my thoughts, words, and ideas. I have written scriptures that meant something special to me and prayers to help me. Perhaps you do to. I have kept these journals through the years.
Writers seem to always have ideas, thoughts and words follow them around.
I especially like to write things down, not just to remember good things that happen, but also write things that were not pleasant. In all honesty, we learn a great deal more from things that were not pleasant or things we were concerned about.
When reading my Bible, many times a scripture would pop up and I would write it down. More times than not, the scripture would speak to what I was experiencing.
Through different times in my life, I would use the scriptures and write the prayers that would speak to my heart while going through different situations.
I have about three boxes of these journals. When I retired as Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, I felt the Lord leading me to share some of these prayers with others.
To be honest, it took some convincing for me to let others read my prayers.
I pulled out my journals, and prayerfully considered the ones to share. I sent these to several of my friends and from their responses, I knew it was time to publish some of the prayers, hoping they would benefit others.
My book, God’s Prayer Power was born!
My dilemma was how many prayers? There are many. But I felt fifty-two was the right number. This way each prayer, scripture, and exercise would be something people could use to delve deeper into their prayer life.
The exercise in the book is the one I used to find out what God was saying to me through the scriptures which led me to be able to write the prayers.
It has been my experience, when writing devotions or prayers that you can tell when God is supplying the words.
There have been some great devotional books written through the years, and when you read them, they touch your heart, and many of them give you comfort––or perhaps wisdom to see the answers you seek.
Some of those devotions are Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You Close by Lysa Terkeurst; Worry Less, Pray More by Donna K. Maltese; Grace Overcomes Today by Sharilynn Hunt; Growing in Hope by Sandra Mansfield Wright; and of course Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, to name a few. There are hundreds of others and thank God more will be written.
Author of God's Prayer Power and Storms in Life.
Thank you for telling us the origins of God's Prayer Power. I found it fascinating and insightful.
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Susan, Thank you for this article. I didn't know about your book, but it sounds wonderful and I just purchased the kindle edition.ReplyDelete
I took a minute to look at the cover of the book (which I love) and compare it to the title of your article. I take the juxtaposition of these two things to mean we are in ourselves powerless, but we find strength in Him. You found a very original and insightful way to express that!
Best wishes for success with the book.
Hi Kay, I hope you enjoy the book. He always gives us strength when He leads us to do His will, even though it may leave us feeling vulnerable!Delete
Thank you Terry, I appreciate your kinds words, as always. Sometimes we have to be vulnerable, which takes courage as you know.
I've been journaling a line or two in Jesus Calling for the past ten years--I'm on my second book--and now I can look back and see what was going on in my life every day of those 10 years. I had journaled before, but not as consistently.ReplyDelete
I just got the Kindle version and plan to add your daily prayers to my quiet time.
Journaling is very good for me like you I can look back and see things that were going on. Thank you for your comment. I hopw you will enjoy the book.Delete
I look forward to reading it.ReplyDelete
Thank you. Hope you enjoy.Delete
Wonderful Susan. I am looking forward to reading your new book.ReplyDelete
Susan, so happy to hear about your new book. Can't wait to get my copy.ReplyDelete
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