Our Favorite Books on Prayer
If our summer sermon "Your Kingdom Come" has you wanting to deepen your prayer life, we have some great resources for you available at the Scroll Resource Center.
Jim Killam
June 29, 2022

Looking for a good summer book that’s more than just a “pool read”? As we go through a sermon series on The Lord’s Prayer, consider one or more of these great reads, available in The Scroll Resource Center:

5 Things to Pray

Series by Rachel Jones, Melissa Kruger and others

These short books (each sold separately) offer quick ideas how to pray for your kids, your church, your spouse, the people you love, your parents, your city, your world and your heart, as well as ways to pray during a global crisis.

From The Good Book Company: “This series of (nine) short books on prayer is designed to boost your prayer life by giving you fresh ideas. Each chapter takes a passage of Scripture and looks at how it can influence how we pray for a specific issue.”

From What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer?

What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer?

By Skye Jethani

From Moody Publishers: “While God certainly cares for your deepest needs, Skye Jethani wants you to know that prayer is so much more than a two-way transaction with a heavenly vending machine. Jesus didn’t pray like that. And with a pastor’s heart, Skye wants to take you deeper into what Jesus, the lover of your soul, had to say about talking with God.”

This is a refreshing, challenging book by the cohost of The Holy Post podcast. For visual learners, Skye’s innovative drawings accompany almost every page.

Just Ask

By J.D. Greear

The book’s subtitle is, “The Joy of Confident, Bold, Patient, Relentless, Shameless, Dependent, Grateful, Powerful, Expectant Prayer.” More from The Good Book Company: “Giving specific practical tips for getting on with prayer in everyday life, this book leaves readers wanting to pray, rather than just feeling that they ought to.”

The Lord’s Prayer

By Kevin DeYoung

From Crossway Books: “Books about prayer usually emphasize spiritual discipline, but that can foster more guilt than reassurance. So how can Christians improve their prayer life, embracing the privilege of communicating with God? 

“In The Lord’s Prayer, Kevin DeYoung closely examines Christ’s model for prayer, giving readers a deeper understanding of its content and meaning, and how it works in the lives of God’s people. Walking through the Lord’s Prayer word by word, DeYoung helps believers gain the conviction to develop a stronger prayer life and a sense of freedom to do so.” 

God, Do You Hear Me?

By Derwin L. Gray

From Lifeway Books: “If we’re honest, that’s a sentiment we’ve all shared. Prayer can be challenging and confusing. Often we feel abandoned, betrayed, and anxious. We don’t know what to pray for, we don’t know the words to say, and sometimes it just feels like there’s no one on the other side.”

Gray walks through The Lord’s Prayer (“the prayer that God always answers”) as a firm foundation for all of life.

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

By Paul E. Miller

From NavPress: “A Praying Life has discipled thousands of Christians to a vibrant prayer life full of joy and power. When Jesus describes the intimacy He seeks with us, He talks about joining us for dinner (Revelation 3:20). A Praying Life feels like having dinner with good friends. It is the way we experience and connect to God. In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.”

Praying the Bible

By Donald S. Whitney

From Crossway Books: “Praying the Bible shows readers how to pray through portions of Scripture one line at a time, helping us stay focused by allowing God’s Word itself to direct our thoughts and words. Simple yet profound, this resource will prove invaluable to all Christians as they seek to commune with their heavenly Father in prayer each and every day.”


Located just inside the front lobby doors, The Scroll is open Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Book prices are usually lower than Amazon and other online sellers. Questions? Don’t hesitate to approach Sue Nelson, resource center coordinator.

Jim Killam
Jim Killam is a journalist, author, teacher and terminal Cubs fan. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Rockford and work internationally with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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    The church library also has some wonderful books on prayer.


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