Bestselling Author and Pastor Shows Christians How to Pray the ScripturesPray the Scriptures is a 40-day prayer experience for readers hoping to energize their prayer life and draw closer to God through his very word. Using familiar passages of Scripture, the author guides the reader in the process of selecting and praying back to God the words of the text as they apply toBestselling Author and Pastor Shows Christians How to Pray the ScripturesPray the Scriptures is a 40-day prayer experience for readers hoping to energize their prayer life and draw closer to God through his very word. Using familiar passages of Scripture, the author guides the reader in the process of selecting and praying back to God the words of the text as they apply to the reader's life and circumstances. "Prayer starter" phrases jump-start the participant's practice of writing and speaking Scripture prayers.Each day's entry includes an introductory devotional, a Scripture text, and concluding thoughts and questions for reflection, discussion, and further prayer....
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Pray the Scriptures: A 40-Day Prayer Experience Reviews
To start with my review of this book, I must say I love the thought of a prayer book, and using the Bible to help get a better relationship with God! However, I had a VERY difficult time with all the versions used? I would follow along with my King James Bible and was shocked at how different the 'verses' used were compared to the Bible. This book used versions that were harder to understand and really took away the actual meaning of the Bible that was supposed to be used to help me in this book. I love learning more and more about the Bible and knowing more ways it can help me; which made me excited to get this book! There were many issues with the meanings/versions of the verses they took and acted like they were quoted. I also don't like how the different versions used simple-like terms, why can't books get back to building up our vocabulary? The version issues and the changing of the words really is frustrating, I love words and the if you change them you are changing what they are meant to say. For example, using I can guarantee the truth from John 10:7 instead of using "Verily, verily"; even the dictionary states it means in truth, not the same. Another example, Hebrews 10:24 using the word to spur one another, the word provoke is perfect there, to push or arouse us to feeling. Another example, was in Jeremiah 17:9, the change of the words there, the Bible is much clearer than what other versions have tried to use "from the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked: who can know it?" to who really knows how bad it is? It just doesn't mean the same thing at all! Also, have to add how bizarre the translation was in Romans 8:22, seriously this meant nothing of the same as what the Bible really states. The whole pregnant creation is NOTHING what the Bible actually say! I love Romans 8, it is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible(King James) and it was difficult to see the bizarre twists from what the actual Bible is saying. I don't like that people/organizations/priests think that I'm not smart enough to understand the words of the Bible. I know I will never know everything there is to know in the Bible, but don't change the words that God knew we ALL can understand. His words are beautiful and perfect, I don't want some man's thoughts of what he thinks is better than God's words! Honestly, who in their right mind would use other words than God's words!! If I told my husband I like you, and he wondered why I didn't say I love you; and I told him I think it means the same thing no biggie, does that mean it is the same? No, that's changing words around!! Why not use the Bible, not versions of the real thing. I don't want what someone things about the Bible, I want the real thing!!! I did not agree with the last chapter on bearing fruit. Bearing fruit is based on bringing others to the saving knowledge of Jesus, not just being a happy person. People need to know that there is a Heaven and Hell, and that only Jesus can save them from that. Just living a happy life is not enough to make sure others are aware of that. We have the responsibility to tell others the truth!Also, had a HUGE issue with not addressing CLEARLY how a person can be a child of God, saved and on their way to Heaven! It was unclear in your book about HOW to get saved, it kind of presented itself but it wasn't clear. I would have liked to have verses and some explanation put in the introduction like Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." And stating that everyone is a sinner and because of that we can't go to Heaven ANY way on our own! Then used Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us,in that, while we were yet sinners Christ, died for us." Stating God loved us so much He sent His only Son to die for us, making Him the payment for our sins! And add Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Explain that we don't deserve Heaven, and we can't PAY for Heaven, but God freely gave us a way. And then to finish with Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." These words should NOT be changed, it's a promise from God that if we call on Him, He promises to save us!! What a WONDERFUL thing!! I want to rely on God rather than any human, which is what it seems like your book was going for, I just wish this would have been in there more clearly.To sum up my review, I liked the point of their being a book on growing closer to God in your prayer life. However, I did not like that there was no clear way of knowing how to go to Heaven, it was hidden throughout. I did not like the horrible versions pretending to be God's Word. I wish there were more standards on how we as a country need to get back to serving God and making that priority, not just whenever we feel like it. We need more people to take a stand for what's right even though we might deem it 'hard'. Going to church is just the bare minimum we should be doing. Our country needs more people to stand up for what's right and not just let other people dictate what should happen. God's people need more books to move them to be the standard our fathers and grandfathers were!
When I first saw this book, I wasn't one hundred percent sure if I wanted to give it a shot or not. I wasn't really sure if it was going to be one of those stilted, teach-you-how-to-pray books, or if it would end up being worth my while. In my opinion, it ended up being pretty darn good.Each "chapter" is one day, with forty chapters in all to cover the forty days this book is meant to cover. Each chapter starts off with a brief introduction to the passage that it covers and gets you focusing on the gist of it. I was kind of torn between the passage part of it. The passages are printed right in the book, which I like for convenience sake, especially if you're traveling and just want a short devotional type book to take along with you. On the other hand, the passages were printed in several different versions, including ESV, GW, MSG, NCV, NIV, NKJV, and NLT. I understand why the Johnson did it this way--some of these different versions elaborate more or give more vivid detail. But the downside to this is the fact that I don't necessarily agree with every one of these translations, and not all of them are translated literally. If you're someone who has a problem with one or more of these translations, you may want to consider that before you pick up this book. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from looking up the passages in the version you prefer and comparing them, which is what I plan to do.After each passage, there are a few words or half a sentence prompts to get you started thinking and praying on these Scripture passages. I thought the prompts were good--just enough to get you going, but not too much to the point where it would manipulate the direction of your own thinking one way or another. At the end of each chapter, there are three discussion type questions that further help you reflect on what you've read and prayed over during that chapter. Overall I think this is a pretty good prayer devotional.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.
As a young girl, I leaned to pray - as many of us do - by memorizing and reciting the prayers of my faith. As my faith has grown and my knowledge of God has deepened, however, so has my desire to have a more intimate relationship with Him. One of the most challenging parts of my spiritual journey over the years has been cultivating a rich prayer life. One key that has helped me tremendously in this area is learning how to pray from Scripture.If you are unfamiliar with this concept, Pray The Scriptures - A 40-Day Prayer Experience by Kevin Johnson can help get you started! Think of this book as a combination devotional, prayer workbook, journal and discussion guide!Pray The Scriptures opens with a brief introduction that describes what it means to pray from scripture. The focus of the book is the 40 daily readings, which are structured as follows:* The Daily Devotional* The Daily Scripture Passage* Writing, Journaling, and Prayer Prompts* Reflect + Pray + Discuss QuestionsThe Daily Scripture Passages are taken from various Bible translations. The devotional topics cover various aspects of the Christian faith.I love the concept and structure of Pray The Scriptures because the book encourages us to interact with Scripture and God in a way many of us are not accustomed to. I think this is especially important for those who are new to the faith or trying to deepen their prayer life. I appreciate the book's flexible format. While most people will use this book for personal devotions, you could just as easily use it for small prayer or study groups.I think this would make a good devotional for new Christians who want to deepen their prayer lives as well.This review was written by and originally published at Create With Joy.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Are you wanting a change in your prayer life? To incorporate Scriptures while you pray? Pray the Scriptures by Kevin Johnson will help you.This is a 40-day prayer adventure will invigorate your prayer life and draw closer to God as you read the Scriptures and then pray them back to God. Kevin Johnson will help you with praying the Scriptures and then apply them to your life.Each day starts with a short devotional, then Bible verses to go with the topic of the day, a prayer starter phrase, and some discussion questions. The Bibles verses are taken from various translations. You can easily use your preferred Bible version if you wish.This can be done in a small group setting. The questions at the end could prompt good, open discussions and a time of praying for each other.For those who have never prayed like this before, this book would be a great guide. For those who have been praying the Scriptures for a while, this would also be valuable. A fresh way to pray and draw closer to God. This would be the start of an deeper prayer time with God...I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.
I was immediately intrigued by the concept of this book and more than willing to give the process a try. This is the perfect book for someone like me who has no experience using scriptures in their daily prayers, but it's also good for anyone looking for a little extra daily inspiration. I particularly enjoyed the devotionals and passages. I found them to be, for the most part, really interesting. Each day also provides readers with "prayer starter" phrases and discussion questions. Many of the prompts were quite good - they got me thinking and I started praying more often and longer than I did before reading this workbook. I tried to do each of the prayer starters and questions, even if they were particularly difficult for me, but some were impossible. I just couldn't relate to them all, but that's not saying that someone else won't be able to. Overall, I'd say that this is a decent devotional that does its job.NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Written to follow the same concept as his first book Pray the Scriptures Bible, the author takes the concept of praying about and through certain Bible passages. Forty different scriptures are used for each day. A small devotion on the authors thoughts begins the chapter. The next part is a verse, followed by questions with space for answers. It ends with a section called Reflect + Pray + Discuss with space for answers. The author is trying to get the reader to pray using scripture and to become so use to praying that it becomes an every day, every moment thought.The idea behind this concept is sound. If used properly the reader will become in the habit of praying more and reflecting more on what is read in the scriptures. The book was well written and I liked the idea, but some of the sections were a bit dry. The book would work well in place of a devotional.I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
This book is a 40 day prayer guide helping you respond to forty daily bible readings. It starts with an introduction to the scripture passage, prompts to help you pray, and questions to think about. I wanted to be inspired by this book, but I wasn't. I enjoyed the introductory thoughts provided by the author about each scripture passage. I did not find many of the prompts helpful. I found I couldn't relate to many of them, for example: "I come away disappointed when I trust in others or in my own abilities more than in you. I end up...", or "I feel stunted or hopeless when...". I don't go through life with this kind of negative thinking, so these were not inspiring to me. I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
Keven Johnson writes a book to teach a person what it means to pray from scriptures taken from the bible translations. Uses this as lessens for personal learning, for small groups and study groups. A new christian would benefit by helping them to make their faith and prayer lives stronger. Each chapter is for one day, covering forty days total. Introducing a passage, each day, getting a person started thinking and preying on these scripture passages. This is a good devotional workbook.
I received this through the Goodreads giveaways.This is a workbook which allows the reader to apply scriptures to their own life by examining events and writing them down. A good source for those who would like a deeper prayer experience.
I liked the praying the scriptures! It was very different & enlightening on how to turn scripture into prayer!