The book is for anyone who struggles with prayer and wants to grow in their prayer life. By chapter two, readers have been invited not only to create a list of 100 game changing prayers, but to join the author on a journey to re-imagine and re-create their life through the power of specific and persistent prayer.
Praying for Your Elephant also seeks to help everyone understand what it means to be a person of prayer. Written in a conversational style that blends simple, but deeply provocative truth with entertaining and engaging stories and metaphors, Stadtmiller leans on the affirmation in Romans 8:26 that there are no experts in prayer, just faith-filled people willing to boldly approach God in their weakness with radical and audacious prayers.
“God did not intend prayer to be a magical art whose deep secrets are guarded by shrouded monks on remote islands. Nor is prayer solely a mystical experience reserved for the spiritual illuminati. Rather, prayer is the common language of God’s people. Prayer is the Christian's native tongue,” teaches Stadtmiller in the book. “The key to effective power-filled prayer is simply praying. Taking the time to step out of your normal, frenetic existence to center yourself through prayer is the only way that you will ever move forward in this journey… People who often experience prayer in its deepest ways are people who show up most, seeking God in prayers’ glorious monotony and routine.”
The idea for this new book started with a random prayer. Adam saw an ad where–for a huge fee–an elephant could be brought to a youth outreach event. Almost in jest, Adam and his team prayed that God would make it happen for free. The extravagant way God answered that prayer years later in Thailand left him humbled and hungry to pray even bigger prayers.
“While I can’t promise that God will give you these ‘elephants,’
This book is intended to help readers identify their own elephants (prayers), create specific and strategic requests, break through self-imposed boundaries of prayer, partner with God in His answers to prayer and pray for their future. The end of each chapter includes a short study guide for groups, churches and/or leadership teams, as well as “Prayer Prescriptions”
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About Adam Stadtmiller:
Stadtmiller is Lead Pastor at one of San Diego’s most historic churches, La Jolla Christian Fellowship. A regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal, he is also the author of Give Your Kids the Keys (2011) and Discover Your Kids Spiritual Gifts (2012). Having serviced in vocational ministry for over 20-years, Stadtmiller lives in Carlsbad, CA with his wife Karie and two daughters, Lily (11) and Lucy (6).
About David C Cook:
David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Canada and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, today David C Cook publishes numerous bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which produces over one-third of the top 100 praise and worship songs sung around the world. Additional information can be found at www.davidccook.com.