Many of us have the perception that prayer is a one-size-fits-all aspect of our faith with God. We may think that we are getting it wrong or failing that aspect of our Christian life.
We believe that prayer is a deeply personal practice. It is an essential way to invite God’s power and wisdom into our lives, marriages, and relationships with our kids.
We are so excited to welcome Janet McHenry back to the podcast today. Janet is a national speaker who has authored 27 books, including PrayerWalk and her newest title, Praying Personalities: Finding Your Natural Prayer Style. Janet serves on the California leadership team for the National Day of Prayer and she has been helping others build their lives on prayer for over 20 years.
In this episode, Janet is sharing how, just like our personalities are unique, how we connect with God through prayer should be unique too! It’s not about doing it right or wrong, it’s about praying in line with how God has created us. Janet’s perspective will definitely grow our hope and confidence in prayer today.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- The connection between our personality and our prayer
- Examples of prayer styles from Scripture
- The four praying personalities
- And more!
We hope you enjoy this conversation!
- [BOOK] Praying Personalities: Finding Your Natural Prayer Style
- Episode 23: Praying for the Heart of Your Prodigal Child — with Janet McHenry
- Discover Your Praying Personality
- Janet’s Mini-Magazine
- Connect with Janet on Instagram, Facebook, or her website
1) Scripture has examples of people approaching God in different ways. We can see in the Bible how different people like Moses, Adam, Job, David, and Hannah had different ways of going to the Lord in prayer. Some had a running conversation style, and others were more emotional in their prayers. God created each of us uniquely and the ways we approach Him in prayer. This is why some people will prefer taking prayer walks while others prefer to journal their prayers.
2) Take time to discover your unique praying personality. As a quick reminder, there are four types of praying personalities: the problem solver, the friend of God, the organized prayer, and the peace seeker. Your praying personality will determine how you practice a habit of prayer whether that be journaling, utilizing prayer books or devotions, or incorporating prayer into a physical activity.
3) Prayer is relational.The most important part of prayer is the act of engaging in relationship with God. It isn’t about an answer that we do or don’t get. Prayer is all about access, not answers. Access to the God who loves and cares for us beyond measure.
Meet Our Guest
Janet McHenry is a writer, national speaker, author of 27 books, life coach, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association Certified Coach, and the founder of the Sierra Valley Writers Retreat. She loves encouraging others to turn to God through a praying lifestyle. Janet and her husband, Craig, raised their four children in the Sierra Valley where they now raise beef cattle and share the outdoors with their nine grandchildren.