Prayer…. the word either strikes the heart with fear or fills it with reverence and longing. How does your heart my friend respond to the word prayer? My heart? It leaps with joy. Since I began my personal relationship and made Jesus Christ Lord of my life, I have longed for more of Jesus. I am a talker, I can talk to anyone, I love to talk. If I couldn’t talk, I wouldn’t be me. So from day one, I began talking to Jesus. I am sure some days He gets tired of my voice, but I never tire of talking to Him. Now, I mean no disrespect when I say talking, I adore Jesus Christ and I am in reverential awe of His majesty, but I still talk to Him as if He was my best friend.
Do you? You should. It is life changing, earthly moving and awesome.
That is one of the reasons I agreed to review the book Praying Upside Down by Kelly O’Dell Stanley. I love to read and read any book that I can get my hands on that is on the subject of prayer. So, if you have a book that you love on the topic of prayer send me the name and author please, I’ve just got to read it before Jesus comes back again. I thought maybe since I’ve been praying and talking and sharing for going on 14 years, maybe my prayer life was becoming stale. I have to say after reading Kelly’s book Praying Upside Down, I think it has been stale for sometime. You just have to read this book if you have ever struggled with prayer, or love prayer and it comes easy to you. It will definitely breathe a breath of fresh air into your prayer life.
Prayer can be hard work you see and most of the time it can be scary, it’s all about asking God to let you truly see, to truly see His handiwork in your life in action and it makes you let go of your expectations to accept His good, perfect gift designed especially for you. In Praying Upside Down you have to learn to see a different way, upside down this allows you to discipline your mind to examine things from a fresh perspective. Kelly shows how artists view things throughout the pages of her book and relates this to prayer. It is very eye-opening to look at this awesome privilege we’ve been blessed with (prayer) through different lenses which lead us deeper into the heart of God.
As you begin your journey through this book you will begin to pray in the ways shown within the chapters, now not every method of prayer will be ideal for everyone, but I give you permission to go ahead and experiment to find the ones that open new avenues to you and change the way you pray and how you approach God. I began to notice answers that I had missed before as I stepped outside my comfort zone and began to try different ways of communicating with the Lord. Be prepared to be amazed as you notice His presence throughout your life and on a daily basis.
Each chapter of Praying Upside Down has a section labeled Prayer Palette which offers you practical ways to implement each idea outlines in the chapter you just read. Use them, experiment with them, don’t feel like you have to use them step-by-step, they are guidelines after all the only rules for prayer are found within God’s own Word. But prepare yourself to let go of your preconceived ideas about prayer.
I challenge you to pick up your very own copy of Praying Upside Down by Kelly O’Dell Stanley and learn to pray upside down as I did. Let your creative side transform your time with God.
Until Next Time,
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