Thursday, February 16, 2006

Praying Backwards ~ The Way Upward & Forward!

I usually wait until I have completed my reading of a book before recommending it - But - This time, waiting serves no good purpose!

Like many books on prayer, "Praying Backwards" takes a biblical and practical look at the core issues of praying in God's will, the prayer of faith, persisting while waiting or weary, praying with boldness. The "a-ha" of Chapell's new book is his paradigm rattling explanation of what it truly means to pray in jesus' name.

"Why wait for the end of a prayer to tag on Jesus' name?"

"To pray backwards means we back away from making ourselves, our wishes, or our wants the primary concerns of our prayer. We always put the purposes of Jesus first. We also echo in heart if not in actual-words the attitude of the psalmist who prayed, 'Not to us O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory' (Psalm 115:1)."

Chapell challenges us to review and revise our praying by asking thew question:
"How would your prayer change if you began where you normally end?"

A good read for every leader of prayer, their pastor and their prayer team.

Phil Miglioratti

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Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus' Name
Author: Bryan Chapell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

"In Jesus' Name, Amen."
Like the closing credits of a movie, these familiar words provide a signal that a prayer has come to an end. But what does it mean to offer our prayers in Jesus' name? Though we say the words, do we really mean them? And how would the content and character of our prayers change if we did?

Praying Backwards introduces believers to the transforming process of beginning our prayers in Jesus' name--not by moving a simple phrase, but by understanding and embracing the meaning behind the phrase. To truly pray in Jesus' name is to reorder our priorities in prayer--and in life--away from ourselves and toward Jesus and his kingdom. It is to pray, "Not my will, but your will be done." It is to pray boldly, expectantly, and persistently. If you want to revolutionize your prayer life, begin by Praying Backwards.

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