Growing in Prayer

Growing in Prayer – By Mike Bickle

(Charisma House • 295 pages • 2014)

If you have a desire to see your personal prayer life grow, then this truly is the book for you!

“The best thing all of us can do to improve ourselves, our lives, and our relationships is to grow in prayer.” Mike Bickle

I know we all have our new year resolutions, dreams and goals – BUT, what does your prayer life look like?  Seriously?  The more I read about past revivals, the more I see the deep connection to a praying people.  When I read about saints of old who walked in ‘truth, love, & power’, I see a depth of prayer in their lives.  Even more so, when I study the life of Christ – I cannot see ALL that Jesus did and neglect the fact that He valued and lived a life of prayer!  If growing in your love for Jesus and loving others well is on your new year resolutions list (hopefully at the top) then it would do you a great service to get a prayer life!

This book, Growing in Prayer by Mike Bickle, is thorough, practical and encouraging! It will guide you through some helpful ways on how to engage with God and His Word so that you can maintain an enjoyable prayer life with the One who delights in you.  Your understanding on the Biblical importance of prayer will increase and it will connect you to why your prayers (personal and corporate) matter today!  And seeing how the unique dynamics of prayer and worship is exploding across the globe today in partnership with mission’s organizations to see the fulfillment of the Great Commission, will encourage you!

There is a wealth of knowledge in this book that can be applied to every believer’s life.  Mike Bickle has 40 years of ministry experience and has been setting himself in the place of prayer for longer than I have been around! I have been revived by the content in this book and I pray that it will stir you up too!

If you want to get started on growing your prayer life today – then I will give you Mike’s 3 quick points. But I encourage you to get a copy of his book for yourself!

  1. Schedule your prayer time _ WHEN to PRAY
  2. Make a prayer list _ WHAT to PRAY
  3. Cultivate a right view of God_ WANT to PRAY

Often times we use the start of a new year to improve our finances, marketplace skills, relationships, bodies, eating habits, etc.. I want to encourage you to start this year off with growing in your prayer life.  Developing a lifestyle of prayer, to engage with the Living God, will be one of the greatest things you give your time, energy and resources to!

“We have time for what we truly care about.” Mike Bickle

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A Message to America: Jonathan Cahn

I picked up a book 2 days ago that I cannot put down.  It is called, The Harbinger, by Jonathan Cahn.
It is a very intriguing and sobering message. The author is shown here giving a speech at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast – January 21, 2013.

This message is a wakeup call to America!  Let us humble ourselves and seek the LORD.

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Keith Green

No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green by Melody Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK, “No Compromise- The Life Story of Keith Green”! Keith’s story will not only make you want to have amazing long curly hair and mad skills to jam on the piano with no restraints; it will change your life! Weather you are a believer or not, a musician or not, this amazing testimony from Keith will rock you to the core! From start to end; Keith had passion, talent, and natural leadership skills. You will find out how his journey for something “greater” went from the hippie love/drug scene in the 1970’s, to the beginnings of a new life in Christ which supernaturally launched Keith into a forefront message that still needs to be heard today!

This “Life Story” written by Melody Green, Keith’s wife, gives wonderful insight to the man behind the music and the message. Melody shares their intense story as well as allowing us to read Keith’s thoughts directly from his journal entries! Keith was not satisfied with the things of the world that he kept chasing after; Keith was not satisfied until he experienced the only One that could truly satisfy his hearts longings. When Keith and Melody found Jesus, their lives turned around in a heart beat! Although they were young in their faith…they had found what they were longing for and held onto it with no compromises! In Keith’s black and white vision he took the Word of the Lord as truth and made sure that everyone that came across his path took it for truth as well. This new lifestyle immediately launched them into ministry, a new and powerful kind of music, as well as an ever growing hunger to see the lost saved through the message that the Lord had placed in Keith’s heart.

Keith and Melody realized how important prayer was and before every big decision they sought the Lord through prayer and fasting! Keith said, “Our whole life should be a prayer!” I believe it was this foundational truth that continued to humble the Greens as they allowed the Lord to lead them in all aspects of their lives. Keith Green really had a heart that chased after the Lord, much like King David. He longed to spread revival, learning patience in the process.  Keith was able to mature quickly in his walk as he was constantly surrounded by “newbie’s” in the faith that had him pouring out what he knew all the time. This caused him to go deeper for more so he could pour out more. Keith was also blessed with some “big” connections of wise council that allowed him to see and grow even more. From reading this book it sounded like he was always going while passing on everything he was learning to those that were in his sphere of influence. Although he was not perfect he longed to be closer to God.

Keith’s music career quickly launched him to the top of the Christian music arena. He remained humble and dedicated to the Lord, saying, “If someone writes a great story, people praise the author, not the pen. People don’t say ‘Oh what an incredible pen…where can I get a pen like this so I can write great stories?’ Well, I am just a pen in the hands of the Lord. He is the author. All praise should go to him.”

Keith recognized that it was the Lord that blessed him musically, so he allowed that to be the “tool” to share His message. What was the message that he and his “Last Days Ministries” shared? “Quit compromising with the world and start living radically committed lives” and have “A radical relationship with God, without the trappings of religious systems or dead institutions.” This message was preached to millions across the globe and thanks to Melody and the team it is still being shared today! This book really stirred my heart and caused me to reflect internally to see what I am compromising over Christ. I’ll be honest, I was in tears after hearing the messages that Keith preached. This book will bless you and encourage you to live a radically committed live to Jesus Christ! View all my reviews >>

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DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE

Desperate for His Presence: Gods Design to Transform Your Life and Your City Desperate for His Presence: Gods Design to Transform Your Life and Your City by Rhonda Hughey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Do you have a passion or dream to see your City taken over and transformed into a place of Revival and Refuge for all those that are in it? Well if so, this book covers a lot of different areas and aspects that need to come together for that to happen. I’m sure you don’t need to read this book to know that it starts with YOU AND ME! But are we wiling to “move beyond convenience and personal comfort?” Rhonda states that, “Desperation is the key to transformation.” It all starts with our relationship with Jesus. Are we willing to die to ourselves and allow His Spirit to help us as we give everything to Jesus! John 15:5 says, ” Without Me you can do nothing.” If we are trying to get God into our cities by building it through our own efforts…it’s not going to go anywhere at all. Has the condition of your City broken your heart and drawn you into intercession for a breakthrough of His presence? God has a plan for His people and the cities of this world and He’s using His Bride to accomplish it! Things may not look pretty now, but Rhonda shares a very encouraging message of Restoration that will bring transformation to the Bride. This renewing of the Bride will flow from the inside out into the cities of the world! What a mighty God we serve.

In the book there are 9 important “Transitions for Kingdom Vision” that Rhonda shares. Now I’m not going to share it all…hopefully this will inspire you to read the book and take a hold of it for yourself: D

1. From Suspicion to Trust: Being, “Willing to share ministries for the glory of God.”

2. Functional Unity to Relational Unity: “Unified together for the sake of a ministry project…to a deeper level of relationship with one another and have experienced a real covenant relationship.”

3. Horizontal Agreement to Vertical Agreement: “Unity and agreement with one another…to our unity and agreement with the Lord.”

4. Revival Visitation to Transforming Habitation: “God intends to transform our cities, and not just visit them.”

5. Empire Building to Kingdom Building: From being, “More impressed with what we are building…..[to doing] what the Lord wants to build.”

So if you are Desperate for more of His presence in your life and in your city I do recommend this book to you! This book also encourages the heart to grow in Love towards the Father, so it might be a good read for this New Year 🙂

“History-Makers are always desperate people.” Rhonda Hughey

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JESUS CULTURE BOOK

Jesus Culture: Living a Life That Transforms the World Jesus Culture: Living a Life That Transforms the World by Banning Liebscher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Do you want to know what it takes to be a revivalist? Read this book and you will receive some very insightful keys to see revival unlocked in your city, state, and nation! Banning shares some inspiring stories from his life and others that are encouraging and fueling for your own fire. He also shares what these “burning ones” will look like and what must take place for us to start moving in that direction.

In the chapter “The Rod and the Sword”, Banning reveals why it is important for the generations to come in alliance with each other and points out how it will be, “a vital key to seeing revival sustained”.

Throughout the book he also talks about how this “New Breed” will no who they are and where they are going with boldness and courage. When I started reading this book, my heart would leap as he shared what needs to be done. I know I’m not there but this gave me a direction of where to go next and how to pursue it. He also covers some foundational points that are often times over looked. Like shining your light in the public! Living with Grace! Having intimacy with Jesus! Now I know some of these things we have heard before, but it is important to understand the role of these foundational roots so that we can stay grounded when we are in revival.

Now your going to have to read this yourselves, but he also gives 4 powerful steps on how to keep SUSTAINED PRAYER that I found really helpful!

After reading this and seeing all the key points that are vital for all of us to see revival sustained, I know it’s right around the corner…..why else would we all be here???

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