Unfortunately, I have a confession. I still struggle with prayer. I don’t think I will ever be as consistent as I would like to be. A couple of years ago I came across an eBook by Diane Moody called Confessions of a Prayer Slacker and immediately felt intrigued (probably because I felt convicted). Now I’m not name calling but there’s probably a reason you clicked on this post!
Not to worry. I had been in search of His guidance with prayer too and as the verse Moody cites in the beginning of her short book:
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
So here you have it, a Confessions of A Prayer Slacker book review by an admitted prayer slacker. Hopefully this post and the book itself will offer a bit of guidance and insight. I seriously recommend it.
Moody’s book is a valuable reminder that struggles and attacks from the enemy don’t cease when we’re born again. Rather, we are called to be more vigilant and obedient. Often times this creates a deeper spiritual struggle. The only solution is to rely on God even more (something I am still learning to do). We are able to do so through consistent prayer… considering we walk the walk. Moody provides a really great framework for approaching prayer. She also shows you how God’s names reveal who He is and how we can approach Him.
I found the book to be humorous and witty. Honestly, it felt as though I was reading a long, conversational blog post. Moody speaks personally and addresses the royal you which builds tone of voice and character. It felt like you were on the phone with that one aunt that could talk your head off if you let her in the best possible way.
There are two parts to this book that I found to be useful for my own prayer life:
The ACTS formula
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. I love this formula for prayer because it is essentially a great prompt for when we simply don’t know where to begin.
Jesus’ specific example of how one should pray in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-15) is also important to look at. Jesus instructs specifically how one should approach prayer: greeting the father, honoring his name, followed by praying for his will to be done on earth and in our lives, forgiveness, and ultimately salvation.
The names of Christ and their meaning
I had no idea prior to reading Moody’s book that God had several different names and each hold a very specific meaning.
For example, my favorite name for the Heavenly Father: Abba. Moody explains that this is the most intimate name we have for our God; the Aramaic translation meaning “Father” and in some contexts “Daddy”. It is such a personal name and it is very touching to see God through the context of dad. Once you see God as Dad, you start to understand that the relationship should be deeply loving and personal. For me, this revolutionizes the way I approach God in prayer.
Some of my other favorites are Jehovah: Self-Existent One or “I Am Who I Am”, Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Our Healer, and Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Will Provide. We gain a better understanding of who He is through the names we have for Him.
All in all, I would recommend this book as it was a relatively quick read and it was full of information that was delivered in a way that felt relatable and authentic. You can find it on BookBub absolutely free like I did here: Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody.
Do you have any tips that enrich your prayer life? I would love to hear all about it in the comments!