IMG_0183Today is the release of my new book, It Happens After Prayer.

I have had the privilege to contribute to several books. But this is the first, complete work that I have written.

When the door opened for me to publish, there were several topics that I was eager to write about. As we discussed potential projects, I was thinking a lot about prayer and seeking to strengthen my own prayer life. And I was preaching and teaching on prayer every time I had the chance. It was in my system. But I did not think about the possibility of writing on it.

Then one day I asked the publishers to read the work I was doing on prayer. And the project turned in that direction

I am not an “expert” in prayer. And I know that there are many books on prayer published. I wrote this book because the subject was and is on my heart. I want my prayer life to grow stronger and healthier. And I have a great burden to see my congregation become more devoted to prayer. I want to encourage prayer in and every way I can.

I read a lot of books on prayer. Many books are filled with personal testimonies of answered prayer. They are inspiring stories. But they carry no authority, because they are not rooted in the authority of scripture. Other books point to scripture, but take verses or passages out of context. They claim promises without embracing conditions. Or they treat prayer like some force of faith that dictates orders to diving sovereignty.

It was my desire to write a biblically saturated, God-exalting book on prayer that will encourage readers to pray. I did not want to beat up the reader up. But I want the reader to be challenged by the wonderful assurances of scripture that God will hear and answer prayer.

Whatever it is that you need God to do in your life, it happens after prayer!

I hope you will read my new work and find biblical motivation to pray with confidence that God will hear and answer prayer. As you do, please share your stories of how you have found the book to be helpful.

To God be the glory.