Rick D. Padgett's 2013 book, Get Prayer and Get It All endorsed by Karen Covell, founding director of Hollywood Prayer Network, is a powerful, interactive study on prayer. The devotional style study began as a year-long experiment where Padgett and a friend committed to select a passage of scripture a week for discussion and pray for God's guidance and teaching. The incredible results are captured in this book.
He uses "all" in the title and throughout the book to illustrate significant life-changing moments, such as when he encountered Christ at age 18 and his daughter's birth. He couldn't know that tiny scrap of a girl swaddled in blankets would become the "master of his universe" until he saw her. He calls those moments, "ALL exchanges" where something of great value is recognized.
Fatherhood also taught him the joy of giving himself in ways he never had before. He writes, "That wrinkly little bundle with a head full of wet ringlets, swirled in a mousse of amniotic fluid...assumed her role as queen of my heart." His overwhelming response prompted the thought, Wow, God! Do you really feel this way about me like I do about her?
For the first time he saw God's devotion to His children from a Father's perspective, a Father who's eager to say yes to His child, just as he was eager to say yes to his daughter. Padgett's new perspective redefined his understanding of God as a Father and changed his prayer life.
This small book with a big message about God as a Father and the importance of prayer is written with a dash of humor and a healthy dose of wisdom. Chapters, enhanced by scripture, personal examples and stories, end with first-person, heart-felt prayers, questions to reflect on and suggested scripture readings.
In David Sanford's "Christian Post" Q&A Interview Padgett explains how his initial one-on-one prayer experiment grew into an empowering prayer group nicknamed "Forge 218." The group combined Genesis 2:18 about man and isolation with the first and second commandments, added obedience and prayer to forge a new name and new understanding of why "It is not good for man to be alone" in life or in prayer.
Padgett's book is an excellent choice for individual or group use. Click on the links to purchase a copy, request a free pdf copy from firstname.lastname@example.org or to learn more about Westgate Ministries House of Prayer, or to read Rick D. Padgett Blog.
Get Prayer and get it all, by Rick D. Padgett, CreateSpace—2013, 118 Pages, 978-1492946304, $10.00
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