Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say

Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say

by Sheila Walsh

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Do you ever find it hard to pray and don't know what to say? Prayer is one of the most powerful, life-changing things we will ever do, and yet we often struggle. It's hard to find the time. It's repetitive, we get distracted and sometimes even bored. And the answers often feel few and far between. The good news? There is a simple, powerful way to reignite your conversation with God.

In Praying Women, bestselling author Sheila Walsh shares practical helps directly from God's Word, showing you how to

- know what to say when you pray
- understand how to use prayer as a weapon when you are in the midst of a struggle
- pray as joy-filled warriors, not anxious worriers
- let go of the past and stand on God's promises for you now

Prayer changes you and it changes the world. You may have tried before, but if you're ready to start again in your relationship with God, let Sheila Walsh show you how to become a strong praying woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493421367
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 25,002
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of It's Okay Not to Be Okay and the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess. She is cohost of LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison, with more than 100 million viewers. Walsh is a popular speaker and Bible teacher around the world. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, their son, Christian, and their two pups, Tink and Maggie.
Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of It's Okay Not to Be Okay, Praying Women, and the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess. She is cohost of LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison, with more than 100 million viewers. Walsh is a popular speaker and Bible teacher around the world. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, their son, Christian, and their two pups, Tink and Maggie.

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Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
OakTreeReviews 7 days ago
Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say by Sheila Walsh reminds readers of the power and importance of prayer. One of my favorite chapters was called “Pray with Your Armor On,” especially the part about how Jesus taught his disciples to pray in Luke 11:1. Another favorite chapter of mine was called “Pray Hardest When It’s Hardest to Pray.” I like how Walsh shows throughout the book that prayer builds faithfulness, and that sometimes as we are waiting to hear from God, we are becoming more faithful versions of ourselves. The book pushes us to think more about the significance and meaningfulness of prayer. Walsh’s chapter called “Pray…and Don’t Give Up” is a good reminder that if God is for us, who can be against us? I received this book for review.
JulesQuilts 9 days ago
I enjoy Sheila Walsh's books both in book form and audiobook because it feels like she is just talking with me. This on prayer is just what I've been wanting to read. I added more prayer to my desires this year. Using a prayer journal and studying about prayer has really been a big help to my prayer time, which was on the fly at best before, and my walk with God, and life in general! I recommend!
Koller_Linda 19 days ago
Excellent Book for When You Don't Know What to Say When You Pray I always struggle with "what" to say when I pray. A lot of times it's just a conversation between God and myself as if we were sitting at the table having a coffee or tea. Prayer is so very powerful. I sometimes forget to pray when I'm in the middle of a struggle or just bad stuff being thrown at me and letting go of the past is something I really struggle with. Reading "Praying Women" has helped me a lot and reminded me that no matter what, I need to take it to God and let him handle it for me, for when I do, it's amazing what happens. I strongly recommend reading "Praying Women" and keeping it close to remind yourself to always take it up in prayer.
Prayingmomma 20 days ago
Wonderful book about prayer by Sheila Walsh. She writes in a very honest , conversational style . You feel as if you are sitting with her talking about prayer. She starts sharing about when she became involved in prayer. Do you remember when you first prayed? Whatever your challenge is, if you are just learning how to pray or have been praying for a long time this book is for you. One of her quotes is "God is not looking for perfect words or perfect people . He just wants our hearts. " She reminds us that God hears our prayers,loves us and wants a relationship with us. She shares about her many experiences with prayer and encourages the reader to not give up , to keep praying for breakthrough and pray from a position of victory. She is encouraging everyone to pray because God is on the move and He is calling all His daughters to be part of what He is about to do. He wants us to be the warrior women we were designed to be. He wants us to invest our lives in something that is bigger than ourselves; The Kingdom of God. Sheila is involved in She Loves Out Loud movement which is a prayer movement to pray for our country right now. I highly recommend this book for a bookstudy for a group of women who want to pray together and make a difference. It's not for all people in the church to intercede for church unity and for the coming elections.
lelesurfer 21 days ago
An answer when you don't know what to say in your prayer Best-selling author Sheila Walsh wants to give an answer to the question: "Do you ever find it hard to pray and don't know what to say?" in her newest book "Praying Women. How to Pray When You Don't Know What to Say", published by Baker Books. She divided the book into ten chapters: 1) Pray When You Don't Know What to Say, 2) Pray Because God is Waiting for You, 3) Pray ... and Don't Give Up, 4) Pray Hardest When It's Hardest to Pray, 5) Pray Through Your Pain, 6) Pray When God Seems silent, 7) Pray with the Power of the Word of God, 8) Pray with Your Armor On, 9) Pray When You Need a Breakthrough, and 10) Pray from a Place of Victory. Walsh also states that "We have made prayer far too complicated. Prayer is simply talking with and listening to the One who is crazy in love with you (p.19)." This statement alone should challenge readers to take this book into their hands, read it, and apply it to their lives. Walsh is raw and honest in her treatment of the topic of prayer. She includes personal experiences with prayer, is open about her struggles. In her writing she addresses herself directly to the readers. Every chapter starts with a quote and a Bible verse that is related to the specific topic treated in this chapter. Walsh closes every chapter with prayer reminders and "A Prayer when ... (e.g., "you're not giving up", "it's hard to pray", "you're in pain"). In reality "Praying "Women" is a book for everyone who struggles with prayer and not only for women and as such also a valuable present for all who struggle with prayer. The book includes also notes that help to verify statements and can be used for further study. I highly recommend it as a valuable tool for prayer. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #PrayingWomen
EmilyBoyMom 21 days ago
I truly enjoyed this book from Sheila Walsh, author, TV host and all-around encourager. "Praying Women" is a book that would be good for any age--she also writes in a way that is inclusive and inviting. If you've ever felt like it was too hard to pray or if you're not sure what to pray or even how to pray, this book is for you. Walsh explores many of the hindrances that hold women back from truly seeking God in a personal, relational way. Within the chapters of the book, Walsh shares her personal stories and those of friends who have faced seasons where God seemed quiet and their prayers were bouncing off the ceiling. Walsh doesn't mince words or lessen the impact of those struggles, but she does remind the reader that God is always there to listen, if we take the time to speak to Him. She offers questions at the end of each chapter for reflection/discussion and highlights important constructs from that particular portion. She also offers a way to pray through the Psalms that is helpful and easy to implement. "Praying Women" is a book that can be broken into smaller portions, as each chapter has a different theme. It would be awesome for a small group setting or for personal study. I think it could fit in a setting for all ages of ladies and open the door for further in depth conversations. I was an early reader, thanks to Baker Publishing but I loved it so much I purchased a copy to share with a friend.
Anonymous 21 days ago
How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say Sheila Walsh, in her newest book, “Praying Women :How To Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say” . guides the reader along a path of developing a deeper richer connection with God through pray, even when you don’t know what to say. I love the way Sheila begins in the introduction sharing about her own confusion and struggles with prayer and shares examples from her life. Sheila lets us know that we are not alone and not the only one who struggles with praying. Starting in Chapter One she reminds us that we can start right where we are. We don’t have to find the perfect words; we can just start talking to God. I love that “prayer is not about the right words; it’s about the right heart”. “Even if you don’t know what to say, just talk to God-He is listening.” There is a chapter about praying scripture back to God and examples of how Sheila does this I love that Prayer was Christ’s weapon of choice and that Jesus prayed the “Psalms” “Tucked into your Bible is a prayer book. It will bring you comfort and strength, it will help you pray with power and authority, and it will guide you when the read gets dark.” Each of the ten chapters has a section titled “Prayer Reminders “that contain 3 bullet points of the main points about praying from the chapter. Then there is a prayer for the prayer struggle discussed in the chapter. “Praying Women”. touches on a subject that so many of us struggle with and don’t want to admit to other Christians that we don’t know “how to” pray. This book gently leads you along and provides ways to develop a deeper richer relationship with God through prayer, i.e. talking with God. It’s time for the God’s daughter to become “Praying Women” and use Christ’s weapon of choice against the darkness that prowls the earth “looking to kill, steal, and destroy us and our loved ones. I was part of a group that was able to read the book prior to it’s release. I have also purchased a copy of the book to reread it again and to share with my family. #prayingwomen.
GC89 21 days ago
It is nice to read a book on prayer that is down to earth. Sheila Walsh comes across as very real and honest. I really enjoyed her writing style in this book. I also appreciated the helps that were added at the end of the chapters. I am looking forward to doing a more in depth study of this book.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Whether you are a “seasoned” or a beginner at praying, this book has something for you. Sheila speaks straight to your heart with her own stories of faith. We all have times when our prayer life needs a little “oomph” or we just don’t know what to pray, this book will guide you through and will enrich your prayer life!
BrendaGalliher 22 days ago
Ever wonder what a true revival would look like? In this book Sheila believes that women who pray together would be a force to be reckoned with and can bring about a revival in our land like it’s never experienced before. But, what if prayer is too hard? Too boring? Too stressful? Too time consuming? Too intimidating? Too ___________? With Sheila’s wit, humor, real life experiences and frustrations of her own, she walks you through practical ways to pray, teaches you the importance of prayer and how to pray the scriptures back to God. She stresses the importance of praying without ceasing and that the fragrance of heaven is the fragrance of our prayers. The important thing to remember is that there isn’t a wrong way to pray. We only need to be honest with God and remember that He loves us no matter what. This book has changed my understanding of prayer, as well as made me realize that I’m not the only one who is intimidated to pray out loud, falls asleep while I’m praying, or realizes 20 minutes later doing something completely different, that I was supposed to be praying.. If you share any of these frustrations or just want to learn different prayer techniques, then this book is for you!! Praying women are powerful and can change the world! You need this book! It will change your prayer life!
ConnieBP 22 days ago
Don't know how to pray? Don't know what to pray? Don't know if God is even listening? I've had these questions. So has Sheila Walsh. She has written this book in an easy to read, conversational, and to the point format. Sheila uses examples from her own life that are relatable. I appreciate her vulnerability and insight. The book gives prayer reminders and a prayer after each chapter. Great way to remember and apply key points. Thank you Sheila for another powerful book.
LaKrisha 22 days ago
I’ve always wondered if my prayers were adequate, especially when I don’t see the answers I seek. Jesus addressed using lots of words and wailing to make a public spectacle of yourself. Sometimes I’ve wondered if my prayers are too wordy or too scripted or too repetitive or too fill-in-the-blank. However, after reading Sheila Walsh’s new book, I have hope that I can pray effectively, wherever and whenever and however I have occasion to do so. Sheila reassures the reader, “Whatever your challenge is, let me remind you that God is not looking for perfect words or perfect people. He just wants our hearts.” What a reassurance! If you’ve ever struggled in your prayer life, let this book reassure you as well.
CarrieEN 22 days ago
Sheila has written this amazing book to guide us through how to pray when we don't know what to say. If you are stuck this book is for you. If you'd like to know how to pray from a place of strength instead of fear than this book if for you. Sheila has an amazing way of pointing you back to the Lord. Do not hesitate to purchase this book. You will be glad you did.
gfox79 22 days ago
This book is a call to action! I love Sheila’s heart for prayer and her desire to see women rise up and develop into the prayer warriors God has created us to be! There are so many great takeaways from this book! On page 35, Sheila reminds us: “But the truth is, God isn’t looking for a holy place to meet with us. Because of Jesus, we are the holy place, and God is always waiting to meet with us, wherever we are.” On page 160, she states, “I wonder in those dark times if the breakthrough God is looking for is a breakthrough in us. Perhaps this is the most significant breakthrough of all.” What a book!
MareeDee 22 days ago
I loved this book! Sheila points us not to her but our God through her beautiful book. I felt so encouraged and enthused to deepen my prayer life with our Lord and to keep persisting in the prayers that have not been answered. She gives the reader tools to pray but doesn't' leave you there. Sheila reminds us throughout her book, God desires a relationship with us, and prayer is the way. We solely need to start where we are. She had me laughing aloud, with her stories, especially the one where she knocked out her tooth and had to speak. Plus, she includes insightful scripture and quotes. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to deepen their prayer life and, of course, their relationship with God. Maree Dee
DChatley 22 days ago
Love this Jesus girl to Jesus girl book on being praying women. As I was reading this book, I felt like Sheila and I were sitting down for a cup of tea and just talking woman to woman. As usual, Sheila is very authentic and vulnerable about her life struggles with prayer, which makes her so relateable to me and others. It’s so easy to look at others and think they have it all figured out. So it was refreshing to read this book and realize Sheila and others have the same struggles in pray. Each of the 10 chapters begins with a quote and a verse, and then ends with some key reminders and a prayer. Some of my favorite quotes are God is not looking for perfect words or perfect people, he just wants our hearts We can either back down in the mist of struggles or, by Gods Grace, stand up and pray through the pain. Like mosquitoes in summer that annoy and distract, the enemy will do whatever he can to distract us from prayer Recommend this book for all Christian women, whether you believe in prayer or not, whether you are following hard after God or are on the sidelines. Let God use this book to call you back to a connected relationship with him. And while you at it, you learn more about purpose of prayer and how your prayers can change the world.
Indianalady 22 days ago
As you crack open this book YOUR life will change ! Here is your personal guide to learning how to pray through anything and everything1 Each chapter peels away different layers that I feel all of us have dealt with...whether you feel like giving up, don’ have a breath to pray...or is God waiting to hear from you? Have you put on that full armour of God? I LOVE that this book shares some of Sheila’s personal experiences and that scripture is woven through each chapter which closes with prayer reminders. I believe EVERY woman should read this book whether you haven’t ever prayed or are a seasoned “prayer-er! It will truly challenge and encourage you!
Mama_Cat 25 days ago
“…He (God) sat with me, comforted me, and welcomed me home to His heart because He had loved me all along” (page 41). Do you want to be a praying woman? Most of us do; it is one of the ways to grow closer to the God who loves us. Sheila Walsh shares why so many of us are challenged with praying, covering my fears and hindrances well. She tells us how to grow beyond those challenges and how she has done so. Each chapter begins with a quote about prayer from a classic Christian author and a pertinent scripture verse and ends with “Prayer Reminders” and a prayer. This beautiful, thoughtful, encouraging book about prayer and praying is written for every woman. It is written with this gifted Bible teacher’s trademark transparency, gentleness, and wit, with principles referenced in scripture. She does not preach; it is more like chatting over coffee with a dear friend to savor this book. Sheila Walsh uses illustrations from her own life, including some humorous and some of the most painful. This honesty is refreshing and as much of a blessing now as when I read some of her earlier books sharing how the Lord has been with her through depression. Prayer was one of the most important things in Christ’s life on earth as well as since He returned to heaven, which is one thing I had not considered for quite some time. It is also important enough that the Holy Spirit helps us with prayer. For me, that has included a conviction that I need to pray more – but how to pray both more and better? Subjects I found most critical in this season include persevering in prayer, praying when it is hardest to pray or when it seems God is silent, praying the Word of God (specifically through Psalms, and how Jesus prayed from various Psalms), praying through dressing in our armor daily as well as praying in our armor, and praying through Christ’s victory. Re-learning who I am in Christ, and finding my confidence in Him, not myself. How “Praying women pray through their heartache until it becomes their authority.” That I am changed, whether or not my circumstances are. Even though the Lord knows my needs, He, like Aslan in The Magician’s Nephew, likes to be asked. Ultimately, just how much God loves me and has compassion for me. Praying Women can be read by new and seasoned Christian women. Every concept regarding prayer is backed up by scripture, and stories from both the Old and New Testaments are included. The scriptures, of course, are most important. The experiences of the author are secondary, yet important to a woman’s heart as we see that we are not alone in how we feel. The author’s love for the Lord is evident on every page, as is her love for Christians. This is the kind of book one gets a copy of for themselves – to read, savor, learn from, and re-read – as well as purchase as gifts for other women in our lives. Even if you glean only one nugget of truth today, you might find one another time. I highly recommend it! God wants to hear from you! From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
J71Olsen 3 months ago
I received an early copy of Sheila Walsh's Praying Women and have been reading/studying it for the last week. I love Sheila's honesty and transparency in her writing. I've read a few of her books and her style is engaging, challenging, and comforting all at the same time. This book, as the title suggests, deals with prayer. She honestly confronts the reasons she has struggled with prayer. And those reasons resonated with me. I have felt them all at one time or another. At the end of each chapter she has a page that talks about Prayer Reminders and a Prayer to Pray on the subject she has just discussed. The chapters also have ample scripture references. I find the whole subject of prayer to be daunting. I also feel like I fail miserably at it on a regular basis. The 'sample' prayers and the scripture references have given me a place to start when I don't know what to pray. The simple honesty and insight that Ms. Walsh gives to the subject was enlightening and helpful to me. I highly recommend this book whether you are starting with prayer, struggling with prayer, or expanding your prayer life. Her humor and stories help illustrate and make more memorable the prayer principles she is writing about. Again, I'd highly recommend this book.