Why I read this book: If I’m honest, prayer is hard for me. When I pray, I feel a bit like I have an iPhone, but all I know to do with it is make calls. I’m simply not using it to it’s fullest capacity. I wanted to do more than just list my needs to God. I wanted to be still and hear His voice. I really wanted some kind of pattern I could follow to learn how to pray well. I decided to ask my writing group if they had suggestions on a “transformative book on prayer” and this book came up several times. Oddly enough, I happened to have this book on my shelf. I had been gifted it years before and forgotten all about it! I suppose it was God’s timing. This book was exactly what I was looking for. Gregory Frizzell’s book, “How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life” does a beautiful job of teaching you a pattern of prayer while stressing the importance of keeping your prayers relational, not rote. He writes passionately and clearly and inspired me to completely transform my prayer time with God, starting by making it a priority.
This book in a quote from Gregory Frizzell: “…God is calling His people back to the biblical pattern of significant time with Him through daily prayer. He is calling us back to dynamic spiritual cleansing and an intimate walk with Himself. This book is designed to show you how to experience the mighty fullness of God through daily prayer” (pg. 2, emphasis his).
What the book is about: This book seeks to teach it’s reader how to develop a powerful prayer life by defining the five phases of prayer. The five phases Frizzell describes are praise and worship, confession, personal petition, intercession, and hearing God’s voice through meditation on His Word.
My favorite parts of the book were…I loved how clearly Frizzell lays out each phase and how passionately he argues the importance of each one. I found myself inspired by his illustrations and simple strategies. He frequently reminds us that he outlines these phases not as some formula to be replicated but as a script to begin conversations with the Holy Spirit. I was particularly moved by the section on confession. This is something I was lacking in the past and I have since seen how powerful it can be when done properly. It is now a part of my daily time with God.
The hardest thing about this book is… I think the hardest part was realizing how much time had been wasted not knowing these things. Why isn’t this book standard issue upon baptism? I’m only slightly kidding… The other difficulty is not taking this pattern and treating it like a magical formula for intimacy with God. While he consistently warns against this- we’re humans and we’re going to have to fight against that.
You may want to read this book if…You’ve ever struggled with prayer. If you’re feeling like your prayer are weak or ineffective, or if you simply don’t know what to pray. Frizzel gives so many examples of sins to confess, petitions to pray, intercessions to make. I’ve often thought, “I want to pray for our nation, but there’s just so much…I don’t know how”…well, he’s got more than enough thoughts to get you started.
You may not want to read this book, at least for now, if… you already have a solid prayer life.
Let me know if you decide to read this book! I’d love to hear what you thought.