Confessions of a Prayer Slacker

How can you resist a book with a title like that, especially if you are one? I saw the title and thought, “Wow—there’s another one like me?” There was. Notice the past tense.

Let me tell you a little about my prayer life. I read the Bible and spend time in prayer every day, rarely missing a day. Lately, though, I had found my prayer time to be unfocused, hit-or-miss; I just didn’t really feel it was effective. So I ordered the book on my Kindle so I could get it instantly—boy, did I need it!

I was hooked from the first page. Diane Moody reaches out and pulls the reader in with her easy, conversational style. You are sure that she could be a good friend if the two of you ever met (see note below). She even tells my story, thinking that it is hers, in the introduction.

I’ve got shelves lined with books about prayer. I’ve tried prayer formulas. I even tried “praying the scriptures” when that technique appeared on the Christian horizon. Sometimes I’d be inspired by a sermon on the subject and recommit myself to pray daily. I’d buy a new notebook to organize my praying. I’d pick a time of day that best suited my schedule. And off I’d go . . . for a day or two. Time after time, I’d make the effort only to fail again and again. And with each failure, I’d hear that sarcastic and belittling voice in my head reminding me once again what a sorry excuse for a Christian I’d become.

I’ll bet that’s your story, too—or something like it.

But there’s more. Listen to this:

I know I’m not alone in this on-again, off-again battle. Show of hands: how many of you can say your prayer life is a consistent, daily habit, rich and full and spiritually satisfying? For the record, praying for a winning lottery ticket or a parking space close to the mall does not count.

See what I mean? The entire book is this engaging. The attraction of this book is not the quality of the writing, though—it’s what Moody has to say.  In this small book, easily read in a day or so, she shares her struggles with becoming the woman of prayer she wants to be, knows she should be. The reader is encouraged right along with Moody to revolutionize her prayer life—to meet Jesus every day, building an intimate relationship with Him. By the end of the book, the title should be Slackers No More!

I have since read Moody’s other books and am waiting anxiously for her newest one, which should be out in a few days. I’ll post a link when it comes out.

Amazing note: I don’t believe in coincidences, do you? I almost finished the book one night in early November just before falling asleep. As soon as I got up and dressed the next morning, I sat on the side of the bed and finished the few remaining pages, then ran upstairs to check the computer for details of an event I was attending that day. The luncheon speaker’s name sounded familiar. It couldn’t be! I ran back downstairs to check my Kindle (Yes, I WAS out of breath with all the running, thank you). Same name. The luncheon speaker was Diane Moody. And she was just as engaging in person as she was in writing. And she DID become my friend that day—imagine, two former prayer slacker/writers—how could we miss?

 

Diane Moody. (Second Edition, 2012).  OBT Bookz. Available from Amazon.com.

 

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4 thoughts on “Confessions of a Prayer Slacker

    1. Martine Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Marcia. It IS a great book. I think the part that had the greatest impact on me was the part where Diane wrote that she imagines Jesus waiting for her each morning in the room where she does her devotions. It’s hard to stay in bed when Jesus is waiting to meet with you!

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  1. Kellye

    This sounds like a must read! I fail miserably when it comes to devoting time to pray–seriously pray. The sad thing is, when I pray I always have a sense that I have bowed down defeated, but can rise up in grace. That in itself should be reason to pray seriously because God is telling me He is happy to hear from me and glad that I know that I can depend and rely on HIM!

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  2. Martine Post author

    This may be exactly what you need, Kellye. It has reinvigorated my prayer life, and without laying a load of guilt on me. Diane has obviously been there and writes from her heart about her own struggles. If you have a Kindle, you can download it instantly. Actually, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can get the Kindle app on your computer or your phone and still download it.

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