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Praying the Bible (Whitney)

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When you pray, does it ever feel like you’re just saying the same old things about the same old things?

Offering us the encouragement and the practical advice we’re all looking for, Donald S. Whitney, best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, outlines an easy-to-grasp method that has the power to transform our prayer life: praying the words of Scripture. Simple, yet profound, Praying the Bible will prove invaluable as you seek to commune with your heavenly Father in prayer each and every day.


Table of Contents:

  1. The Problem
  2. The Solution
  3. The Method
  4. More about the Method
  5. Praying the Psalms
  6. Praying Other Parts of the Bible
  7. The Most Important Part of This Book
  8. Evaluating the Experience
  9. What Have We Learned?
  10. The Examples of George Mueller, Jesus on the Cross, and Christians in the Book of Acts

Appendix 1: “Psalms of the Day” Chart

Appendix 2: Praying the Bible with a Group



Donald S. Whitney is professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He served in pastoral ministry for more than nineteen years. Don holds a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is founder and president of the Center for Biblical Spirituality.



“Don Whitney’s suggestion to pray the Bible has made a huge contribution to my devotional life. This little book is explosive and powerful. Read it ready to experience a great step forward in your walk with Christ and in your commitment to prayer.” - R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“My walk with the Lord has often been strengthened and encouraged by Don Whitney’s writing. Now he reminds us of the value of using Scripture as a prompt and basis for our prayers. This is a particularly helpful tool for those of us who often struggle to know what and how to pray or whose minds tend to wander during private prayer. This book will surely help many refresh their time with the Lord.” - Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

“If you are looking for a book to teach you not only to pray but also to invigorate your intimacy with God through prayer, this is the one. I highly recommend this book written by a man who has instructed thousands of people about spiritual disciplines in academic circles and in church settings. My soul has been nourished as I have sat under Whitney’s teaching, especially on the topic of prayer. You and I need this book. You will be blessed in more than one way.” - Miguel Núñez, Senior Pastor, International Baptist Church of Santo Domingo; President, Wisdom and Integrity