The concept of praying with honest abandon came as I struggled in my own prayer life. Should I be blatantly honest about my desires or just leave everything to God and let him lead? An epiphany came when I noticed how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). The scene is repeated in three of the four gospels and mentioned in the fourth. Jesus begged for relief from the trial he faced, while utterly complying with what he knew the Father’s will to be. Jesus pivoted between praying: This is what I want, God (Honest) and What do you want, God? (Abandon). Both in the same breath.
Jesus prayed with honest abandon and drew even closer to his Father. If Jesus—our Savior, Mentor, and Friend—could pray this way, could we as well?
What others are saying about When We Pray Like Jesus:
''Elisa Morgan is one of the most passionate, authentic communicators I have ever known. She speaks out of the deepest, most honest places of the soul - and my soul is always the richer - and moved closer to Jesus - for the listening. These are pages I have longed to read.'' - Ann Voskamp
“Elisa Morgan’s prayer book is a powerful exploration of Jesus’ two-sided Gethsemane prayer. From 'take this cup' to 'not my will,' this book will pivot you into a more intimate relationship with God.” - Mark Batterson, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Circle Maker, and lead pastor of National Community Church
For Group Study:
Use the book, When We Pray Like Jesus, with your small group or book club. There is a study guide in the back of the book to simplify your small group leadership. Come together with others to learn how to be courageously honest and fearlessly abandoned before God.