Friday, July 20, 2012

Prayer: Speaking God's Language

Speaking God’s Language: Using the Word of God in Your Prayers

How can we draw closer to God in prayer? How can we “speak God’s language”?
The Bible encourages us to bring our worship, praise, thanksgiving, and petitions to God. As Christians grow in the discipline of praying, it becomes clear that there is always more to learn.
Author Joni Eareckson Tada shares insights and personal stories that will hone your skill of including scripture in your prayers. As she puts it, “We can draw a lot closer to God in prayer when we learn to speak his language.”

In this 14-page pamphlet you will learn
  • How to pray using the Scriptures
  • Bible passages for different situations
  • How to let prayer change you.
Full-color, 14-pages, glossy plastic coated for durability, fits inside a Bible cover, 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

About Joni Eareckson Tada:

The topic of the power of prayer is an issue that author, Joni Eareckson Tada, can speak to personally: A diving accident in 1967, when she was 17, left her a quadriplegic. She has lived 45 years in a wheelchair and she has experienced her share of ups and downs. “But,” she says, “oh, the difference the grace of God has made in my life.”
Let Joni tell you her secrets to peace and joy, despite her wheelchair. She has spent decades studying the Word of God. She knows that God does not enjoy seeing your suffering. He has compassion for you and gives you many ways to deal with life’s pain so that you can have peace.
She has taken her most important insights on using Scripture in prayer and encapsulated them into this 14-page pamphlet.
Joni is the founder and CEO of Joni & Friends International Disability Center.

Study Questions for Speaking God’s Language by Joni Eareckson Tada:

  1. Read pages 1-2. We know that the Lord hears our prayers and cares for us, no matter how we pray. This pamphlet invites us to learn how to bring Scripture into our prayers. What are the benefits of using the Bible as you pray?
  2. Read page 3. These three stories of important biblical people who used Scripture in their prayers give us new ideas. What insight was most important to you?
  3. Read pages 4-6 on “Deeper Prayer” and look at the examples of verses that suit different needs: financial, emotional, physical illness, reconciliation, plans for the future. How might you use a prayer such as these in your life?
  4. Read pages 8-10 and Joni’s story about prayer that changed her attitude toward her husband. This illustrates that sometimes we pray to change circumstances, and God changes us instead. When have you seen the Lord do this in your life?
  5. Read panels 11-13. What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name? Some people think it is a magical phrase that forces God to do what they want. What does it mean to “pray in a way that reflects Jesus’ character and his priorities”?
  6. Read panel 13 again. Write a prayer to the Lord that expresses your gratitude for his care, love, and guidance.

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