Organizing Your Prayer Closet
Gina Duke
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Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray
Gina Duke
Abingdon Press
240 pages
November 2013
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"It’s funny that while we do not mind making sometimes shady deals to obtain information, we are so much less committed to resting at Jesus’ feet to obtain spiritual insight."
Gina Duke, spiritual speaker and Bible teacher, has devised a method to clean up your prayer life! Throw away old tattered habits that are doing you no real good and trade them in on new techniques that will help you figure out how, when, and what to pray.

Organizing Your Prayer Closet is two books in one. The first is the author's advice, information, and reflection on the meaning and the use of prayer. If you have been praying in a random haphazard way when "the spirit moves you" or just praying by rote, using long-memorized prayers that have lost their meaning to you, you can take counsel from Duke's own experiences and carefully selected Bible references and begin to devise your own unique, practical prayer life--because the second half of the book is a 'round-the-year journal, blank pages for you to fill in regarding your prayer plans.

Duke bases her prayer principles on 10 major topics that include thanksgiving (letting God know we appreciate what we have, all the time and on special occasions), ears to hear (listening to God), petitions (asking God's help), and faith and follow-through (putting what God tells us into action). Duke even talks about ambassadorship--spreading the gospel to others as God's representatives. The book is aimed at helping the reader focus on making prayer significant, making it make us do things that prayer should inspire us to do, but also to take prayer as an inner comfort and sustenance. Prayer can be many things, and we need it at different times for different reasons. Prayer is reflective as well as active, a response both to sudden changes and ongoing difficulties. As Duke reminds us, “God is never too late, but He is rarely as early as we like. Pray patiently.

Once you have read Duke's suggestions and wisdom, you will be ready to "organize your prayer closet"--start your own journal of prayer using the pages offered in the book. They’re organized by week and salted with Biblical quotations to get you thinking (and praying). This is a book that can appeal both to people of Duke's faith and others simply seeking a method for tracking spiritual growth.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Barbara Bamberger Scott, 2014

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