“I don’t know what to pray about.”
“God just doesn’t seem to hear me.”
“I’m too busy to pray.”
“I get so distracted.”
If you struggle to pray, be encouraged! The struggle reveals a desire to pray, and when you have that desire, you can address the obstacles to prayer by facing them head-on.
Writing as a sympathetic and practical guide, Kevin Halloran helps you to pinpoint areas of weakness in your prayer life and take immediate steps to overcome them. We learn:
- how gospel truths speak into our common struggles in prayer
- how we can move forward in prayer in practical ways
- how believers from past and present have overcome obstacles, persevered in prayer, and grown in their love for God
Examine your heart, implement practical measures, and experience the joys of faithfully drawing near to God.
When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer releases from P&R Publishing on August 4, 2021.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Colin S. Smith
Introduction: The Struggle Is Real
1. I Forget Why Prayer Matters
2. I Don’t Know What to Pray
3. I Feel Too Guilty to Pray
4. I’m Not Sure God Hears Me
5. I Have Mixed Motives
6. I Can’t Focus
7. I’m So Unorganized
8. I’m Too Stressed
9. I’m Too Busy
Conclusion: The Struggle Is Worth It
If you’re interested in being on my launch team and getting a free copy for review, let me know!
“Prayer is a challenge for me, as it is for most Christians, probably because we fail to fully feel just how dependent we are on God. Kevin Halloran’s book offers a wise combination of theological reflection and practical helps . . . both intended to drive us to our knees in prayer to the One who knows and loves us.” — Trevin Wax, General Editor of The Gospel Project, Author of Rethink Your Self, This Is Our Time, and Gospel-Centered Teaching
“Let me be honest: my heart’s reaction to another book about prayer is that I’d rather spend more time praying than reading about prayer. As I was reading When Prayer is a Struggle, however, I felt as if I had a friend leading me on a path to pray more, to pray better, to pray until I could pray. I just couldn’t put it down, except for pausing regularly to pray about a particular truth or with the prayers at the end of every chapter. Before I started, I wasn’t aware of how much I needed the wisdom deposited in this book. More importantly, I feel motivated (and more prepared) to spend more time before the throne. And for that, I’m so thankful to the Lord for moving Kevin to write it.” — Jairo Namnún, Director for International Coalitions, The Gospel Coalition
“Kevin’s book on prayer is incredibly heartfelt. He is a praying person, and it makes me want to be a prayerful person too. Offering us practical wisdom for growing in the discipline of prayer, Kevin writes with a pastoral heart and an obvious love for God. I now have several takeaways that I’m eager to use when I pray!” — Kristen Wetherell, Author of Fight Your Fears and Coauthor of Hope When It Hurts
“Kevin Halloran has brought together a treasure chest of wise and practical counsel that will deepen your prayers… Kevin will help you bring structure and purpose to your prayer life. He will show you how to use any sense of failure you feel to help, rather than hinder, your prayers. This book will expand your horizons and give you a new vision for how you can engage more effectively in prayer.” —Colin S. Smith in the foreword