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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 8.2.2011 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801014042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801014048
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

One year to a more intimate relationship with God

How would life be different if you could think, see, and do all things in light of the person and work of Jesus? With this inspiring collection of 365 Scripture-centered prayers, pastor Scotty Smith helps you pray the Scriptures through the lens of the gospel, mining the great resources of God's grace and applying them in every season of your life. No posing. No pretending. Just an honest, no-spin relationship with a God who claims you as his own.

Each day includes a Scripture reference and an inspirational original prayer, born from moments of great faith and times of crisis. Like a modern-day book of Psalms, Everyday Prayers is a pathway to growing in grace that you will want to explore year after year.

"Knowing Scotty has been one of God's greatest gifts of grace. Being able to 'boldly approach our Father's throne' with this friend every morning through these prayers has been a treasure. We believe these prayers will prove to be some of the richest moments of your day."--Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman

"Scotty's prayers blast my heart every day with the good news and radical implications of Jesus' love for us. Whether Scotty is leading us to pray about the struggles in our hearts, God's work in the world, the beauty of creation, or the taste of good food, Jesus is the focus and hero of all these prayers."--Michael W. Smith

About the Author

Scotty Smith is founding pastor of Christ Community Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, and has seen its membership grow to over 3,000 (including many notable CCM musicians and insiders). He has also planted five daughter churches in the Nashville area. Scotty is also an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and regularly teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He is the author of five books, including Speechless and Restoring Broken Things with Steven Curtis Chapman.

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Customer Reviews

Thanks for sharing Scotty!
Kathy Church
Scotty Smith takes EVERYTHING and centers it on the gospel, it is a daily inspiring book that draws you closer to the gospel heart of God.
Julie Nyhoff
I read it daily and look forward to the prayer the next day.
Tammy Irvin

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr Conrade Yap on September 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! This book is a gift for the Church. It integrates prayer with Scripture. It weaves cultural understanding with a keen awareness of the times. It packs theology with daily practical applications. Most of all, it focuses attention on God without taking one's eyes off earthly needs.

For each day, Scotty Smith writes a 1-page prayer, beginning with a short Scripture passage. Whether the prayer is in the first, second, or third person, the focus is always directed to God. There are prayers of anticipation (Jan 1), of pain and suffering (Feb 2), for being more Jesus-centered (Mar 14), for clarity (Apr 10), on suicidal fears (May 1), on working hard (May 25), and many more. Smith journals his prayers honestly from his heart, intentionally toward God, and compassionately with the world he loves.

I like this particular phrase that Scotty makes:

"Indeed the central and operative questions in life is not 'What would Jesus do if he were here?' Rather, it is 'What is Jesus doing?' since he is right here, and everywhere else, right now." (14)

How true.

There are so many ways this book can be used. As a devotional, one starts the day with Jesus, trusting one's emotional and spiritual needs to God. As a meditation, one clings on to the Scripture passage which directs the day's prayer focus. As a prayer, one internalizes the needs of the world with the feelings inside the heart. Regardless of the ups and downs in daily living, this book enables readers to journey strongly in faith and in confidence that God is in charge. The book can also be used for public prayer, like the congregational prayer in churches.

Fresh. Intentional. Biblical. Brilliant. If you buy this book, do not let it sit on your bookshelves. Keep it by your bedside. Pray with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
One morning Scotty Smith decided he would open up the Bible, turn on his laptop, and begin praying through some of his favorite verses of Scripture. In order to force himself to move at a slow pace and in order to help with his concentration, he elected to type out these prayers. A few weeks later this had become a habit and from there a discipline and a delight. He began to share select prayers with a few friends, then with a list of people and then on a blog. I have often linked to or reprinted those prayers. Baker has now taken 365 of them and compiled them in a book aptly titled Everyday Prayers. What has always appealed to me about Smith's prayers is that, compared to some other prayer books (such as The Valley of Vision) they are just so normal; they are in the language I use every day. For that reason I find them tremendously helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Austin Nelson on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith by Scotty Smith unexpectedly. It's funny how life works sometimes. Let me explain. I found a gift card in my dresser from a local Christian book store in my town. I figured it didn't have any money left on it, but to my surprise I found out I had $13 on it! After looking around the bookstore I decided to get this book. I'm so glad I did!

Everyday Prayers is also a book that Scotty did not intend to write. He started writing these prayers as a new way to do his "quiet times". Scotty then began to share his prayers with his friends, then some members of his church family asked him about his prayer devotionals, then he started a small email distribution list, and then a blog. Now we have this book.

The main point of all these prayers is what Scotty calls, "praying the gospel". This book is a passionate plea to understand and experience more of the gospel of God's grace. While many devotional books focus on what we need to do for Jesus, this book focuses on what Jesus did for us. To quote Scotty, "I intentionally always come back to who we are in Christ and who he is in us. Like Luther said, we need the basics of the gospel every day because we forget the gospel every day."

What I also loved about this book was that his prayers came out of meditating on a specific passage of Scripture. At the top of every page is a passage from God's word and then the prayer follows. I have benefited the most from this book when I actually get my Bible out and read the passage for myself first and then read the prayer.

I so agree with the other reviewer who said this book is a gift for the church.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J P Romack on May 30, 2013
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"I simply write as I pray, trying very hard not to teach under the guise of praying. Some days I feel I do a better job of this than other days." (From the Preface).
I've been reading this book as part of my daily devotional since the beginning of the year. I'm now putting it away. The chief reason for this is that on most days I feel as if I'm being taught to and not actually being lead in or into prayer. It's not that what the author has to say is not of good value. It is. If you're among the restless and reformed you'll love the fact it's so 'gospel-centric.' Perhaps it's just me but I find it annoying when in public someone begins to teach a lesson under the guise of prayer. It's no different here. I think in some sense this actually diminishes prayer. Perhaps Jesus had something like this in mind when he said, "When you pray, go into your room and shut the door...do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do...".
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