I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is The Battle Plan for Prayer: Attacking Life’s Struggles Through Prayer by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
Alex and Stephen Kendrick are the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men. They are the co-founders of Kendrick Brothers Productions, a company aimed at honoring Jesus Christ through the production of movies, books, curriculum, and speaking engagements.
Their latest book, New York Times bestseller, The Battle Plan for Prayer, is based upon their new movie, WAR ROOM, the recent #1 movie in America. This book challenges God’s people to be men and women of prayer and will help you develop a personal prayer strategy. This book accompanies the LifeWay Bible study The Battle Plan for Prayer, a resource I shared with you last month. Today, I am honored to share an excerpt from the book.
In our office we’ve created a “Wall of Remembrance.” Numerous framed pictures serve as visual reminders of God’s provision, each representing a clearly answered prayer. Among them is a picture of Alex as a young college student with a dream to make movies for the Lord. Another features a two-year-old orphan in Nanjing, China, that God guided Stephen and his wife to adopt. One shows a forklift on a train track that just happened to be nearby one of our movie sets, sitting idle behind a man’s house, right when we needed it. One depicts a group of men in Malawi, Africa, holding up resolution commitments to lead their families after a history in which they’d all but abandoned them. One other picture is of three brothers with their arms around each other, smiling, taken years after our father had prayed we would all be working together someday.
God has been so gracious and shown His kindness and power in countless ways over the years. Yes, He does it through His creation and His Word. Yes, He does it through changed lives. But one of the most impactful means of His blessing has been through specifically answered prayers.
We know prayer works. We can’t deny it at this point. And we don’t want to.
Answered prayers aren’t merely highly unlikely coincidences. They are fingerprints of a living, loving God who invites all of us to draw close to Him, the One who made us and “is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27-28 NKJV). So we echo the apostle John, when he stated, “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:3-4 NKJV).
That is our hope for this book—that you not only experience the joys of answered prayer more fully, but that you’ll get to know God more deeply and fellowship with Him more personally as you travel through these pages.
So we invite you to join us—and countless others—on a journey of learning how to pray more biblically and strategically. How to approach God’s throne of grace with great freedom and faith. How to more effectively fight the battles of your life with prayer first. How to cast your cares onto the shoulders of the One who deeply cares for you.