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Nancy Guthrie - How to Pray for Others Who Are Suffering

When you say you will pray for someone who is struggling, do you know what to pray?

When we hear that a friend is struggling, it can be easy to say, "I'm praying for you", but harder to know what or how to actually pray.

Through forty carefully chosen Scripture passages, Nancy Guthrie's new book I’m Praying for You: 40 Days of Praying the Bible for Someone Who is Suffering opens up the wealth of scripture to teach us how to pray for those who are hurting.

Nancy Guthrie shows us how God's purposes are revealed even in our darkest days and encourages us to pray for his will to be done in difficult situations.

This presentation has been developed into a special edition of Broadcast Talks. To read about How Can I Help People Who Are Suffering? please click here.

Join us as Nancy Guthrie discusses the genesis of her book, practical  tools we can use to help us pray, and lots more.

Nancy Guthrie's Latest Book

I'm Praying For You

40 Days of Praying the Bible for Someone Who is Suffering

Nancy works through forty carefully chosen Scripture passages, offering some brief thoughts and then a prayer based on that scripture.

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Prayer, perhaps more than anything else, is a true test of a Christian’s devotion and intimacy with God. Its presence in a Christian’s life says it all. Its absence is the evidence of a merely theoretical framework of faith. So to try to enter into the understanding of Lewis’ prayer life is an attempt to penetrate his very mind and spirit in the most intimate way...

Godly friendships are vital in the life of every believer. As the wife of Lon Solomon, the senior pastor of the large and still growing McLean Bible Church, and mother to Jill, our daughter with special needs, I’ve witnessed the spiritual danger of isolation. But I have also seen the power of being carried, encouraged, challenged, and transformed through the ministry of friendship...

Writing the book A Grief Observed was the one therapy that helped C.S. Lewis cope following the death of his wife, Helen Joy Davidman (“H.” in the book). Here C.S. Lewis–Atlanta Teaching Fellow and apologist, Jana Harmon, shares some insights on this great classic work of Lewis...

There’s something that is on my heart, something that I need to unburden myself of, and it is this: you minister to people best when you minister out of Christ’s compassion for the broken people God has placed in your life...

Reflections - One-Page C.S. Lewis Thought Piece

Samuel Chadwick once said, “The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies/work/Christian activities. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom but trembles when we pray.” It is not surprising then, that one of the devil’s great aims is to hinder our prayers. C.S. Lewis alerts us to this danger in his book, The Screwtape Letters...

It is easy to drift into thinking that because God is all-wise and all-powerful he will do what he knows is best and that our petitionary prayers to him really don’t make much difference. But is this line of thinking correct? C.S. Lewis did not think so and offers us a radically different way of understanding prayer and its place in our lives...

There are times in our spiritual lives when God is silent and seemingly absent. In some cases this can be God’s way of getting our attention about certain sins that we are blind to. But in others, the reason is not clear, and the experience of His silence can be disorienting and painful...

In one of the letters in C.S. Lewis’s fictional book, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, he seeks to console Malcolm while his friend awaits the results of tests conducted to follow up the preliminary diagnosis of a serious illness for his son. Lewis acknowledges that Malcolm had been of help to him a few years before while he was in his own trouble, and, in his letter, focuses on the Passion of Christ...

Broadcast Talks Issues

I would contend that if you’re indwelled by the Holy Spirit, the problem in prayer in this regard isn’t you but rather your method. Now I made that very important caveat: I said, if you’re indwelled by the Holy Spirit. My personal belief is that the biggest problem in evangelical churches is the church member who doesn’t have the Holy Spirit, the unconverted church member...

How do we deal with the silence of God? How do we deal with unanswered prayer? What should be our response when we claim a Bible promise but it does not seem to be fulfilled? What should we do when God says nothing?

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie, is a Bible teacher and author of several books including Holding On to Hope: A Pathway of Suffering to the Heart of God. She trains women and helps them identify and understand major themes that run from Genesis to Revelation. Nancy and her husband, David, are hosts of the Grief Share video series for small group ministry to grieving people.  They also host Respite Retreat, a retreat ministry for couples who have experienced the death of a child. She is pursuing graduate work in theological studies via Reformed Theological Seminary Global. She speaks regularly at conferences nationally and internationally, and is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition, including hosting the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast.


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