Praying the Names of God
A devotional for the prayer life - that pretty much sums up the nature of this book.
The author does not so much focus on how to pray, but providing suggested prayers for 200 of the most well-known names of God. I am in the midst of a sermon series on “The Names of God”; last week (the third in our series) our focus was on El Shaddai. It so happens that this is the first listing/prayer in the book. Here is a typical entry:
As indicated above, the entries are both devotional and focused on prayer. I like that the prayers are conversational - where the author not only submits his prayers, but also supplies appropriate answers. The various entries are not scholarly, but they will allow the reader to draw near to God as he or she moves through the book. The names (and prayers) are sorted using the common ACTS mneumonic:
A - Prayers of Adoration
C - Prayers of Confession
T - Prayers of Thanksgiving
S - Prayers of Supplication
In addition, a complete Bibical index is included as an appendix. I would also like to see an alphabetical index (alas, this is missing from many simiar books) which would allow the reader to search by the actual names reference throughout the text.
The book can be used as a resource during sermon preparation, as I am using it; or as a part of the reader’s daily devotional life; or, of course both.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.