In Whispers of Hope, author Beth Moore addresses how to pray without ceasing and pray effectively by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals, and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice. In turn, readers will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.
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Review 1 for Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
Do you have sit down to pray and find that within minutes your mind has wondered elsewhere? I experience this as well and sometimes it gets so frustrating I just want to get up and get moving. Or thinking there is so much to pray about or people to pray for you wonder where to start? Like you I don’t want to bring a list to God and He doesn’t want you to either. What the Lord wants is us, so we come to Him and with the help of The Holy Spirit we can pray, and without ceasing too! Beth Moore’s devotional isn’t meant to be used as anything other than an introduction along with practical suggestions as to how we can learn to pray. Pray using the Word, along with journaling just between the individual and the Lord. I am sure we all have requests or burdens we don’t want others to see to come across so we might hesitate to write them out, that’s fine. The main point is to spend time reading the Word, praying the Word and part of prayer is listening which is hard in a society that loves something on all the time. Yet, to sit quietly before the Lord has been one of the most treasured times I have learned to develop. Beth Moore even tells people in the introduction to “individualize” what she presents in the devotional. In other words, go with how the Spirit leads you, if you want to follow step by step what is in the book that is fine. The whole purpose is to teach us, equip us to communicate with the Father. When I would read her thoughts about a Scripture section, it would stir up within me reminders of something or person I need to pray for or praise Him for answering my requests. I have found the more we relinquish ourselves into His hands, our burdens, thoughts, longings, desires and more, I can then hear him better. If I let go and give it to Him, it is a reminder to me that I trust Him and not myself to bring about a desired result. There is no special format you have to use, though Beth includes one she uses in her time with the Lord. The one commitment is to make time to read the Word, and then learn how to pray the Word. These two go together, all any of us has to do is read the Gospels to observe Jesus doing both. Which Is a reminder to me that if Jesus felt the need to read the Word and then be alone communing with the Father, how much more do I need to do so? So grab your Bible, a notebook and the devotional go and enjoy the time you are invited to have with the God of heaven and earth!
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Review 2 for Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
Great Prayer Devotional
Date:December 1, 2013
Whispers of Hope is a devotional with brief bible reading, a scripture for the day, and a devotional. There is ample space for recording the prayers. This book helps facilitate journaling each day using the P.R.A.I.S.E. format. The prayer time is begun with Praise, then Repentance, Acknowledgment, Intercession, Supplication and lastly, Equipping . This is a great devotional to help you build the habit of an active prayer life.
If prayer is something you struggle with (and is an area I think we all can grow in), this is a great resource to work through either by yourself or in a bible study setting. I recommend Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer by Beth Moore, it is a book you can not walk away from unchanged.
FTC Disclosure: Special thanks to Caylen Kyle of Caylen Kyle for sending me a review copy. The review are my own words though.
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Review 3 for Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
Prayer. We are to pray without ceasing. Do you have a good habit of prayer? “No greater priority exists for the believer than knowing Christ through the study of His Word and the intimacy of prayer,” Beth writes. She has written this book to help us establish the habit of prayer. In reading it, we commit to seventy days of consistent prayer.
Each day features a devotional with a brief Bible reading assignment, a Scripture for the day, and a devotional. Following that is a prayer format for recording our petitions. It is a guide for journaling each day using the P.R.A.I.S.E. format. The prayer time is begun with Praise (perhaps repeating His attributes, singing a hymn or worship song), then Repentance (confessing daily). Next is Acknowledgment (lordship, submitting to His authority, acknowledging His right to rule and reign), then Intercession (pray for others). Supplication for self follows (bringing our innermost thoughts, fears, desires, weaknesses), and finally, Equipping (asking Him to equip you in every way for the day ahead). Two pages are given each day on which to journal. The six parts of the format are listed with plenty of space for writing.
Beth has provided a Group Study Plan at the back of the book. She emphasizes the advantage of meeting weekly with a group of prayer warriors. She outlines how group members can encourage each other to develop the discipline of daily prayer. She also gives suggestions for leading the group, whether it be a content-centered group, a format-centered group, or an application-centered group.
This book is a great encouragement for establishing a daily prayer habit. Beth's devotionals are practical for anchoring our prayer life in the Word. She shares her own experiences and teaches from biblical examples and passages in the devotionals.
If you have been struggling with consistent prayer, I recommend this book. The devotions are excellent and the prayer format is easy to remember and follow. I think it will change your prayer life.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Icon Media Group for the purpose of this review.
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Review 4 for Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
Beth Moore is a favorite Bible teacher. She is open, honest and genuine in her love of God. Her way with words, her knowledge of the Bible and her perspective are well-known and well-loved. Her in-depth Bible studies have influenced thousands of women and helped them grow in their walk with the Lord.
It is not surprising that Moore would prepare a devotional on prayer. Nor is it surprising that it would be empowering, moving and encouraging. ”Whispers of Hope” is a ten-week devotional which teaches the concept of prayer. Using the P.R.A.I.S.E. method, Moore leads us on a journey to praying with power. For 70 days, we are treated to Moore’s wise words, relevant personal experiences and prompts to pray. The P.R.A.I.S.E. method is an acronym for praise, repentance, acknowledgement, intercession, supplication for self and equipping.
The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. It is a powerful part of our Christian life which is why we need to know where and how to start. There is no one correct method. You may have another way that works well for you, but Moore’s guide will help women who are just beginning their own prayer time a way to get started. It will also help those who need consistency in their prayer time. We don’t necessarily need someone to tell us about prayer or to go into a lot of detail, however, having a guide to get us started may be the jumpstart we need to be more effective and consistent in our prayer time.
“Whispers of Hope” will encourage you in your quiet time. The devotional will start a habit that will continue long past the 70 days. A great gift idea that offers a foundation upon which a prayer life can grow. If you want to spend some quality time in prayer, “Whispers of Hope” is a great tool to help you get started.
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