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Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Henderson , Jim Cymbala
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Book Description

Praying Christians are hungry to learn how to connect with God in a way that takes them beyond the typical grocery-list approach. Transforming Prayer explores the profound difference between seeking God's hand (what he does for people) and seeking God's face (who he really is). With captivating stories of the transformative power of personal worship and its connection with prayer, this book equips readers with practical tools for a more effective personal and corporate prayer life.

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About the Author

For three decades Daniel Henderson has been guiding individuals, leaders, and churches to embrace experiences of powerful spiritual renewal.  He has served as a senior pastor to thousands in congregations in California and Minnesota.  Today he speaks acro

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  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening January 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a new pastor of a small traditional church. For the last few years I have stumbled through prayer meetings where I watched people literally fall asleep. We would do our list and we all prayed for the same thing. Now understand me please, these people all have the best intentions and are loving people. But I couldn't help to feel we were missing something. I had another Pastor tell me about Daniel. At first I was a skeptic and then I had the opportunity to attend a prayer conference in which Daniel taught. I was blown away and I couldn't wait to read "Transforming Prayer" to learn more.

I wasn't disappointed. Daniel uses real life testimonies of people who have been deeply impacted by this simple biblical approach to prayer. I have always appreciated simplicity. Having spent twenty-two years in the Air Force, one thing I leaned is "the simpler the better" when leading people. Using the Lord's Prayer as the frame work to create a simple 4/4 time diagram that teaches Reverence-Response-Request-Readiness, easy to remember and easy to teach.

Using scripture to start the "reverence" the Spirit and the Word invoke the response and the way you go. God's word, The Holy Spirit guides the prayer time naturally. I have never been this excited about prayer and I have never seen others get this excited about prayer once they experience it. I am still learning and now I feel equipped with the tools to lead my church in prayer. I'm sure I will go back to this book more than once. If you're looking to see yourself and others get excited about prayer, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Appendices Alone Are Worth It! January 29, 2011
By AirRush
I was stuck in an airport yesterday for seven hours. By God's grace, I was also stuck with Transforming Prayer, Daniel Henderson's new book! Henderson has written much on prayer, but this is his best work, from this pastor, husband, and dad's point of view. It's not so much about how to pray as it is about how prayer will automatically overflow out of a life of worship.

When I first heard Daniel Henderson speak a few years ago, he said one thing that no one could let go of: "The only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought." That profound statement, which shows up in the book, could really summarize the whole thing. Learn what it means to let God start the conversation. Discover the freedom of agenda-less prayer. Delight in the truth that God wants good things for His children - but the good things all pale in comparison to Him wanting to reveal Himself to us.

I highly recommend this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Been Waiting For This Book! March 8, 2011
This is the book I have been searching for for a very long time. I have been so dissatisfied with praying through a prayer list and have tried praying using Christ's example of prayer, but just couldn't seem to connect well. My "quiet time" consists of reading from the Bible and then praying and waiting to hear from God. As I read through this book I was encouraged to "seek God's face" and to pray during my time of Bible reading instead of waiting until the reading was completed. The book included examples of real people who have changed their prayer time and drawn closer to God. There are lots of tools included also, and I had opportunities to work on changing my prayer time from drab to a time of rich, meaningful connection with God.

Finally, there is a section which encourages corporate prayer with the goal of being united in the work of God in our churches and the world.

I am so pleased to own this book and now that I have completed the reading, I play to use it often as a tool to pursue a prayer life that is pleasing to God.

Bethany House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly suggested March 9, 2011
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aniel Henderson gets right to the heart of the Christian life in this book. Coming from a strong background in personal experience of leading worship based prayer Henderson gets right to the root of the issue. When most people pray they spend 90% of their time asking God about things for themselves and 10% asking for things to get better. Henderson reminds the reader that prayer is a conversation with God that needs to be a 2 way exchange. Henderson goes further in his discussion of prayer and presents a strong application supporting the John Macarthur quote "Prayer is not asking God to do my will. It is bringing myself into conformity with His will. It is asking Him to do His will and to give me the grace to enjoy it." Henderson presents an entirely new way of communication with God. It is best described in his discussion of the 4/4 pattern. 1. Upward 2. Downward 3. Inward 4. Outward

What I really appreciate most about this book is that Henderson discusses praying through scripture and then leads the reader through an exercise in how to pray through scripture. Henderson challenges the reader to take the focus of prayer off of the individual and back onto God where it belongs. I would highly suggest reading this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book! June 28, 2011
By Barbara
I love Daniel Henderson's book "Transforming Prayer". It has helped me realize that focusing on God rather than myself can give me peace and joy in my life far beyond my circumstances. I am living my life in worship and walking in the Light daily! I am currently leading a small group using this book and the accompanying study guide and it has blessed all of us tremendously. Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and some timely principles.
Published 26 days ago by Lauri
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile read for anyone who wants to pray
This is a book that is very motivating for making personal and corporate prayer more exciting and effective. It's worship based prayer.
Published 26 days ago by Rose Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Transform your prayer life.
Great book. Seeking God's face instead of His hand of help. Learn how to daily worship God in your prayer life.
Published 27 days ago by Grandma8
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
A very challenging, but inspirational book. Best I have read on prayer in a long time. It makes one focus on the actual task at hand.
Published 1 month ago by Michael J Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, well worth the read.
Published 1 month ago by Terry L Ribble
3.0 out of 5 stars better read old masters regarding puritans!!!
If you expect this book to be of caliber John Piper, MacArthur or any other serious books on Christianity-don't. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vasya
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great teaching on prayer
Published 1 month ago by Lowell King
4.0 out of 5 stars practical
Not an academic treatise. I enjoyed that this was practical and full of, "I've got to go pray right now" helps. Lots of meditative bullets for me to think on during the day.
Published 1 month ago by mark gold
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't recommend this enough.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a way to commune more closely with God. I enjoyed the sincerity and especially the final chapter which says that we... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for adding life to your prayer
Daniel presents a compelling case for the personal transformation that can occur through the practice of worship-based prayer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Campbell
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More About the Author

As a Senior Pastor for over two decades, Daniel Henderson brought prayer-based revitalization to several mega-churches. Today he is dedicating his full-time efforts to help congregations across the country experience renewal and turn-around as he speaks to thousands each year at conferences and prayer events. He is President of Strategic Renewal (, which exists to ignite personal renewal, congregational revival, and leadership restoration for Christ's glory. He also serves as National Director of The 6:4 Fellowship ( part-time at Liberty University. He and Rosemary have three grown children and have been married for over 30 years.

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