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Hearing God through Biblical Meditation by @MarkVirkler

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Hearing God through Biblical Meditation is another valuable book by Mark Virkler. It expands upon the overview of biblical meditation provided in the brief eBook, Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God. So if one were choosing between the two, I’d go for this more comprehensive edition because it not only provides solid biblical teaching, but interactive exercises to put the teaching of each section into practice. The author provides an introduction (or review) of his teaching on how to hear God’s voice through two-way journaling. Then he explains the difference between study and meditation, and he goes on to describe seven steps to guide you through a process of biblical meditation. Biblical meditation involves asking God to identify your needs and guiding you through a study of relevant topics until the Spirit opens your eyes to a fresh understanding (Ephesians...

Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God by @MarkVirkler

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Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God offers a brief introduction to biblical meditation, which the author defines as “God’s Spirit utilizing every faculty of my heart and mind, bringing forth revelation which ushers in transformation.” Meditation involves asking God to open the eyes of your heart so you can understand (Ephesians 1:18) what He wants to show you. Many times this looks like a verse leaping off the page at you that God says is exactly what you need right now. “Meditation is intently seeking God’s revelation, resulting in God disclosing Himself to you.” – Mark and Patti Virkler, Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God Through a process of prayer, identifying areas of personal need, and targeted study of those areas, the process of meditation brings about personal transformation because it is God-guided. Think of meditation as...

Learning to Pray by K.P. Yohannan

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Learning to Pray K.P. Yohannan 2014 62 pages   K.P. Yohannan is someone I deeply admire and his writing always stirs my heart to go deeper with God. This short eBook, Learning to Pray, is no exception. I’d love to learn to pray from a man who spends several hours a day in prayer, seeking God’s will and moving mountains through faith and intercession. After talking about some standard things about prayer, he urges the reader to let God shape their prayer time. That may mean starting by praying for one simple thing until it is answered or it may mean stepping up to longer and deeper prayer times. I find it reassuring that he sees prayer as a habit that is gradually developed over a lifetime rather than something we have to be perfect at right now. Here’s a brief sample: Be specific in your prayers. Matthew 6:11 says, “Give us this day …” Ask Him for exactly what you need. What do you...

Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody

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Confessions of a Prayer Slacker Diane Moody 2012 184 pages     Diane Moody writes in an easy, witty style that engages the reader. But she also gets to the point so it’s not merely fluff. I liked her writing style in Confessions of a Prayer Slacker: Do you know why God created humans in the first place? I mean, stop and think about it for a moment. He’s God. He can have or create anything in the heavens He wants. I’m sure the holy refrigerator is packed solid with cartons of Blue Bell ice cream—times a million. All those amazing flavor combinations minus the calories and fat grams, of course. After all, we are talking about heaven here, amen? Then again, heaven is so far beyond our comprehension that to yearn for earthly things like ice cream is kind of silly. Even Blue Bell’s Banana Pudding ice cream or Blackberry Cobbler ice cream probably tastes bland in comparison to the phenomenal...

Pray What You See: A Five-Week Prayerwalk Challenge by Chris Paavola

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Pray What You See A Five-Week Prayerwalk Challenge Chris Paavola 2015 37 pages   The more you pray, the more He answers. The more He answers, the more your faith increases. The more your faith increases, the more you pray. Chris Paavola, Pray What You See.   I used to go on prayer walks during seminary, so I was familiar with the idea of prayer walks. When I saw Chris Paavola’s book, Pray What You See: A Five-Week Prayerwalk Challenge, I decided it might inspire me to pick up the practice again. Although it was a short read, it was relevant and inspiring. The author gives plenty of examples from his own prayer walks, which inspires the reader to dive into the practice of praying for what you see while walking. This is how the author describes prayer walking: “Lord, let me see what you see.” This simple prayer articulates the essential posture of prayerwalking—an experience where,...