Dr. Tony Evans has created a collection of 55 prayers in “Prayers for Knowing God.” Each prayer begins with verses of Scripture around which it centres. These focus on characteristics of God, His Holiness, His Forgiveness, His Mercy, His Grace and so one. Structured around A.C.T.S. (Adoration. Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication.), it is designed to balance the reader’s prayer pattern, to remind one to praise even one wants to ask, to thank and confess. It is a call to share everything with God whilst fully appreciating everything God is. These guided prayers allow the reader to rest in the wisdom of Scripture and Dr. Tony Evans. His wording of these prayers remind me of the Psalms and brought me such comfort. They reminded me to be gentler with myself and of how big and wide the character of God is. Tony prays braver prayers than I naturally would such as
“Give me a greater dependence on You to lead me and guide me, because in Your infinite awareness, You know which way I should go.”From “Prayers for Knowing God” by Tony Evans
His “Confess” prayers highlight parts of me I don’t often think about such as
“Father, You are near, yet I push You away so very often. You are a caring Father—in fact, You are a perfect Father. And yet I project human frailty and failings onto You in Your role, causing me to doubt You and guard myself from getting too close to You.”From “Prayers for Knowing God” by Tony Evans
And he words of adoration and supplication are lyrical and inspiring. This is one book I’d love to have in hard copy, to return to and highlight. Throughout the book, Tony’s confidence in God shines and in the storm of COVID-19, I have found reassurance and empathy in these pages. However, if you don’t enjoy formulaic prayers, this one may not be for you. It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended!
From the back cover:
In times of crisis and change, knowing God is the only path to heart-deep stability and peace. Through prayer, you can experience His love, His character, and His strength—and have your faith transformed as God empowers you to continue advancing His kingdom on earth.
In Prayers for Knowing God, Dr. Tony Evans guides you through more than 50 prayers designed to enable you to identify and understand God’s attributes. Whether you pray through this book word for word, or use each prayer as a springboard for your own dialogue with God, you will:
- experience Him spiritually, emotionally, and personally
- recognize His handiwork in the world that surrounds you
- understand His plans and desires for your life
As a follower of God, seeking to know Him is the greatest quest you can undertake. This book will help you put the knowledge you’ve gained from Scripture into practice through an active, personal connection to your heavenly Father.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.