TITLE: Prayers for Today: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer
AUTHOR: Kurt Bjorklund
PUBLISHER: Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2011, (288 pages).
Bjorklund sees prayer as a journey through the mountains of praise, adoration, thanksgiving, renewal, and Christlikeness, to the valleys of confession, petition, despair, distress, discouragement. It is also an adventure of navigating through affirmations, wisdom, guidance, and intercession. The "yearlong" for Bjorklund is actually for the five days each week. That makes a total of 260 days of guided prayer, leaving the reader with at least 2 days a week for their own prayers. The way the prayers are arranged flow out of the pattern indicated in the Lord's Prayer.
- "Our Father, Who is in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name," Prayer of Praise/Adoration
- "Hallowed be They Name," Prayer of Surrender and Thanksgiving
- "Thy Kingdom come," Prayer of Affirmation
- "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," Prayer of thanksgiving
- "Give us this day our daily bread," Prayer of Petition and Intercession
- "Forgive us our debts," Prayer of Confession
- "as we forgive our debtors," Prayer of Christlike character
- "lead us not into temptation," Prayer of Wisdom/Guidance
- "But deliver us from evil," Prayer of Renewal
I have long been a fan of prayer books. I have treasured prayer books like the "The Oxford Book of Prayer," the "Book of Common Prayer," Andrew Murray's books on prayer, and other treasuries of prayers. The author has helpfully compiled the prayers from themes. With theme-based prayer books, there is always a risk of trying to tell God what we need instead of letting God show us our needs. That said, what is there to prevent the Holy Spirit from moving our hearts to prayer beyond one theme per day? Nothing. May the Spirit guide the reader to pray more richly and passionately through the use of this book.
Highly recommended for Church groups, personal devotions, and of course, during Sunday service.
Rating: 5 stars of 5.
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