Terri Flynn’s God Delights in the Prayers of His Children teaches us how to pray and includes an extensive collection of model prayers that incorporate Scripture.
In Chapter 1, “How to Grow Closer to God,” Flynn presents the basic elements of prayer in the acronym ACTS: adoration (praising God), confession (admitting our sins), thanksgiving and supplication (asking for our needs and desires). She describes prayer in terms of a conversation with God, as a child conversing with a parent.
Each of the other five chapters – “The Importance of Praising God,” “Praying for Children,” “Praying for Loved Ones,” “Praying for Finances” and “Praying for Yourself” – features three sections: an overview, a list of Scriptures for the chapter topic and model prayers, which include additional Scriptures specific to each prayer topic.
For example, in “Praying for Loved Ones,” the overview discusses why it’s important to pray for those we love. A listed Scripture reads, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NIV)” This chapter contains many model prayers on topics such as salvation, creating a joyful home, overcoming addictions and devotion to Jesus. The number of model prayers varies from four in one chapter to 51 in another, which gives the book a bit of an unbalanced feel.
But that’s a minor issue. Readers who like books on Scripture-based prayer by authors such as Stormie Omartian and Beth Moore will appreciate God Delights in the Prayers of his Children. It’s a well-written biblical guide to prayer founded on an understanding of God’s promises in Scripture. Readers can personalize Flynn’s prayers by inserting their names into the models she offers, or they can use her words as examples to create their own conversations with God. Some books are read once; this book will likely be referred to repeatedly as specific needs arise.
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