I love Joyce Meyer. I love her no-nonsense approach to faith. There are days that turning on her messages are just the kick I need to get myself in gear and to stop making excuses for myself. Joyce, as a teacher, and as a writer, is very down to earth and very real.
In this book she will walk you through the basics of what prayer is, and of what prayer isn’t. She’ll bring you farther in to understanding such concepts as intercession, bring you still farther to address areas of hindrance, and throughout, that practical yet motherly voice of hers remains.
One of my favorite parts of this book is one in which she is talking about a personal experience of hers in which she thought she had to pray a certain way, eyes closed, yet she’d tend to walk around and pray loudly.
She talked about how she’d be stumbling over furniture, and yet her husband would just be sitting quietly in a chair, with his eyes open, praying. She’d be thinking about how he couldn’t be praying right, because his eyes weren’t closed and he wasn’t praying how she thought he was supposed to.
Looking back, she wonders just how much of a laugh she was giving God with all of her “rules.”
I love that, I love that down to earth, laugh at herself, reminder that it isn’t about all the “do this and that’s.” And it is that heart that I love in this book. We can make so many things into so many lists of “checks” that we lose the heart completely. Prayer doesn’t need to be complicated.
You may or may not find yourself agreeing with everything Joyce has to say in this book, but I think it will be a happy surprise for you anyway. I definitely recommend it, especially for those who are still trying to figure out these basic principles of, “So wait, you’re saying that I can still pray with my eyes open?”
Joy Aletheia Stevens
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