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When Prayer Is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer (Halloran)

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If you struggle to pray, be encouraged—God wants to help you!

Writing as a sympathetic guide, Kevin Halloran shows how gospel truths speak to your prayer struggles, diagnoses issues of the heart that hinder true prayer, and gives practical tips for moving forward. Pinpoint areas of weakness in your prayer life—from distraction and disorganization to guilt and anxiety—and take immediate steps to overcome them.

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Kevin P. Halloran (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves with Unlocking the Bible, a ministry dedicated to proclaiming Christ through media, mobilizing believers in evangelism, and equipping leaders for the church. Kevin lives near Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and daughter.



“A treasure chest of wise and practical counsel. . . . This book will expand your horizons and give you a new vision for how you can pray more effectively.”

—Colin S. Smith, President, Unlocking the Bible


“Kevin Halloran’s book offers a wise combination of theological reflection and practical helps—both of which are intended to drive us to our knees in prayer to the One who knows and loves us.”

—Trevin Wax, General Editor, The Gospel Project


“We’ve been encouraged and blessed by [this] down-to-earth, relatable, and practically helpful approach to addressing the most typical hindrances to our prayer lives—and to addressing how we can grow to see prayer as a gift and joy rather than a duty or struggle.”

—Jeff and Sarah Walton, Authors, Together through the Storms


“Before I started, I wasn’t aware of how much I needed the wisdom in this book.”

—Jairo Nemnún, Director for International Coalitions, The Gospel Coalition