Power in Prayer
By Jarrett Lancaster , Submitted on 2016-04-06
David A. Christensen first found his love for missionary work in a missionary preparation class at Ricks College in the late 60’s. He later became a religion teacher at Brigham Young University for over thirty years. This enthusiasm and love for the Gospel was a huge influence in his book, “The Power of Prayer”. In this book he explains how we can better our connection with our heavenly father. This book is full of his personal experiences, insights from prophets and Apostles, as well as references to the scriptures.
Whether you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints or not I would highly recommend this book. I personally have been raised in the church and was taught at a very young age the importance of prayer. Before reading this book I felt like I had a fairly good knowledge of how to pray and what to pray for. But as I read this book it gave me a good reminder of many important things. Such as, why I should pray, how I can receive answers, and how much it can strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father. All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone. Whether you believe in god or not this book helped me to strengthen my faith in God and gain a greater knowledge of who I am and how I can more fully receive happiness through prayer.
By rhonda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I needed this reminder about Prayer. It is full of scriptures, quotes and examples in answer to Prayer. I know that while I was reading this book I stopped to pray. I also wrote it in my calendar to remind me.
It reminds you what to pray for. Pray always, pray for others, pray for all your blessings, not to pray by rote but each prayer to be more meaningful. Too remember to listen for answers.
I have had many prayers answered. Some even before I was finished with the prayer. I have also said prayers in weird places, I have also fallen asleep while praying. Forgotten to say prayers.
I have tried to say a prayer just for all the things I am grateful for without asking for help of any kind. So far I need to work on that more.
I don't know of any principle that he has said is new, but it sure reminded me of things I can do to improve my communication with Heavenly Father.
I also want to go buy some length of chains for my key rings.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Prayer is one of those topics that seems simple yet I feel like I can always learn more. Yes, sometimes I do feel that I underestimate the power of prayer. I've really needed this book this past week and the thought-provoking questions that are included.
There are 31 chapters in this book which makes it easy to read one each day. I started it too late to do that for my review but I can see the benefit of reading it that way and I will do that when I read it again. Each chapter starts with a quote and then the author shares his thoughts on each topic. There is also a section called "Prayer Self-Examination" where he asks questions to either ponder or act on, then "Scriptures for Consideration and Marking" and "A Parting Thought."
I like that it was easy to read and with the questions and scriptures, the option is there to dig even deeper into each topic. There are helps with personal, family and public prayers. One of my favorite chapters is "12: Teach Them Early" where he shares quite a few quotes about the importance of parents teaching their children to pray. I especially love one from President Kimball where he basically says that no mother would send her child to school in the winter without proper clothes, yet numerous parents send their children to school without the protection of prayer.
There are lots of other great quotes, scriptures and the author's own experiences and thoughts which make this book a treasure that I will read for years to come!
By Heidi, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book has come along at a time when I really need the counsel offered within about the importance of prayer. I really appreciated the four principles that he offers at the beginning. First, that prayer takes work, like all relationships, a relationship with God takes time and effort. Second, "A person's spirituality will never be greater than the quality of his or her prayer life." Third, quantity does matter. And fourth, prayer is often the first thing to go.
I found these principles all worth thinking about and I will undoubtedly ponder them more in the coming days and months. The format of the book is perfect for reading quickly or taking time to ponder the quotes, experiences, scriptures, and self-examination questions provided. The thoughts and perspectives on prayer that the author shares are all good ones and well worth considering. The book is perfect for those like me who need some guidance in more fulling taking advantage of and understanding the concept of prayer. Highly recommended.
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Interestingly enough this book came at a time when I really needed it!
It made me really think about my prayers and how I pray and what I pray for...
This book is AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL!
The author gives "31 teachings to strengthen our connection with Heaven."
Within each teaching there are "daily guides-- with insights from General Authorities, scriptures, personal experiences, and commentary, that will enrich and empower your prayers."
Many of us know that "there is no appointment necessary" for prayers...
But do we realize that when the Lord seems to give us NO ANSWER he is really answering with "you are trusted."
"Elder Richard G. Scott teaches -- that we should express gratitude when no answers come."
Do we pray "only in times of crisis?"
Do we "allow our weaknesses to keep us from connecting with Heaven?"
Do we understand "the power of music" as a form of prayer?
How does gratitude play into prayer?
And "can one do evil with a prayer on their lips?"
SO MANY THINGS TO PONDER IN THIS BOOK!
You can read it in one night like I did...OR...You can read one chapter a day for a month.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
By Candra, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely loved this book by David A. Christensen. As a busy mom with limited personal time, I loved the approachable format of about 5 pages per chapter. And with 31 chapters it makes it ideal to read just one a day over the course of a month -- although somedays I couldn't stop and just kept reading.
The subtitle of the book: "31 Teachings to Strengthen our Connection with Heaven" sums things up perfectly for me. I truly did feel more connected to my Heavenly Father than I have in a long time. As a retired university professor, Christensen makes each principle so easy to relate to, offers simple ways to apply the teachings, and gives the reader the tools to dig a little deeper in their own study of the topic.
Honestly, since I finished reading the book I just want to start it all over again. It was a very personal and valuable addition to my morning scripture study. I loved how much closer I felt to my Father in Heaven and the insights I gained into the kind of Father that He is. I would love to read more books like this from Christensen in the future.
By James, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love the layout of this book. It reads smoothly and quickly. The stories and testimony shared are powerful, and the usage of scripture and modern day revelation allows (not forces) deep thought and study. It's worth it even just for the insightful self-examination questions the author poses at the end of chapters. GREAT BOOK, my prayer life is changing and lifting all aspects of my life with it. So glad I read it.