Simply Pray

How to Ask, Seek, and Knock for Answered Prayer

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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Understand the power of ASK—Ask, Seek, Knock—as you examine your prayer life and apply this simple concept from Matthew 7:7. Deb Hopper masterfully weaves her own story from desperation and divorce to hope and healing with biblical principles and Scripture to encourage you to pray. With over 30 years of answered prayer covering everything from cars to careers to children, Deb demonstrates how every concern is worth bringing to God. 

Understand the power of ASK—Ask, Seek, Knock—as you examine your prayer life and apply this simple concept from Matthew 7:7. Deb Hopper masterfully weaves her own story from desperation and divorce...

Advance Praise

"You’re not going to leave this book feeling the same about prayer. You’re not going to leave this book feeling the same about your Father. You are going to finish the book knowing you’re so equipped to speak our native language.
Because you can simply pray and see your whole world change.
Enjoy my mom and her wild wisdom—I get her back for Sunday lunch!"
—From the foreward by Jess Connolly, Author of You Are the Girl for the Job, Breaking Free from Body Shame, and Tired of Being Tired

“Hebrews tells us that faith does not just believe there is a God but also that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. You want to believe not just that there is power in prayer but that there is power in your prayer. I am a living testimony of this book. I watched an imperfect woman faithfully pray and see God move heaven on my behalf. If you need to know a simple path to increase your faith and, in turn, your prayer life, this is the book for you. It will inspire you to get at Jesus’s feet and see Him do some heavy lifting; all you have to do is ASK!”
—Katie Walters, Founder & CEO of Francis + Benedict and coauthor of New Marriage, Same Couple

“In Simply Pray, Debbie’s clarity and simplicity helped me create a fresh practice of prayer. The principles of Matthew 7:7 to ask, seek, and knock are unfolded with refreshing honesty of how messy our prayers begin, practical applications and tools to bring focus to our prayers, and rich illustrations of answered prayers. If your prayer life needs some CPR to bring back a strong heartbeat, this is the book for you.”
—Lisa Allen, Your Confidence Coach, L.J. Allen Coaching

“So many of us feel like absolute failures at prayer. Whether it is our season of life or our attention span that inhibits us, prayer can feel mysterious and strangely hard. Thankfully, Deb Hopper has provided a simple and accessible path forward. With both courageous vulnerability and hard-won faith, Deb is the prayer mentor you have been longing for. If you feel discouraged and stuck, this book is for you!”
—Sharon Hodde Miller, Author of The Cost of Control

“Reading Simply Pray is like sitting down with the Godly (and fun) wiser woman you’ve always wanted to take to coffee with your journal in hand as you rapidly take notes, looking up to say, ‘But, how?’ and ‘What if the answer is always no?’
“Debbie’s personal ‘avalanche’ led to a powerful prayer life, now resulting in words that fall with the soothing grace and beauty of a fresh, gentle snow. These are the pages I didn’t realize I desperately needed to read.”
—Kelly Pelfrey, Professional artist and author of Delight

“Simply Pray
is bursting with insightful wisdom, authoritative truth,
and powerful testimonies that will pull on your heart strings and increase your faith. Whether you are just dipping your toes into prayer or you’ve been fully submersed for years, this book will provide you with strategically effective methods to reach the heart of heaven with your prayers.”
—Jenna Surratt, Sisterhood pastor, Seacoast Church

"You’re not going to leave this book feeling the same about prayer. You’re not going to leave this book feeling the same about your Father. You are going to finish the book knowing you’re so equipped...

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Simply Pray offers practical advice for how to pray with purpose, backed up by powerful testimonies of how prayer has worked in the author’s life. I love the way the book is laid out. The ideas are clearly presented with call-outs throughout and thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. Highly recommend this well-written book.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and Our Daily Bread Publishing. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Simply Pray by Deb Hopper helps the reader understand the power of ASK—Ask, Seek, Knock—as the reader examines their prayer life and applies this simple concept from Matthew 7:7. The book presented scripture and information that was clear and concise along with the author's personal journey and how she faced obstacles and overcame some of her struggles through prayer.

Reading the book, I feel like I need to develop more faith as I get skeptical reading this book because it seemed like this author was able to have a job land in her lap, etc., and sometimes things are not so easy.

Overall, Simply Pray is a good book to begin the journey of asking, seeking, and then listening and delving into scripture to hear God’s voice. It is a book I will return to to find inspiration and scripture and how to sit quietly and listen for God's guidance.

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Perfect for either a solo study or a small group setting. A great way to learn and implement prayer daily into all lifestyles.

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I liked the writing style that Deb Hopper uses to express her faith, feelings and prayerful attitude. She easily draws you in and tells a compelling story. She relied on Matthew 7:7 for her basis on how to use prayer to better connect with God. I will say that sometimes it felt as though she was hammering home her point in a way that made her struggles and the ability to overcome them very simplified. As if by simply writing down your prayers, God will suddenly provide you with the means to fix all your problems in a very concise, easy, two step plan. (Perhaps, in particular, she should have paid closer attention to the fact that praying to lose weight is such a complex and layered situation. It certainly is more layered than is explored here.)

My theology includes a space for the mystery and for the fact that sometimes God does not step in as an answer to prayer.

This is a well-written book. I would certainly give it to a more conservative, sheltered Christian.

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Simply Pray by Deb Hopper uses the acronym ASK-Ask, Seek, Knock. This concept was taken from scripture found in Matthew 7:7. This book offered some wonderful advice on how to pray with purpose. I loved all the first hand testimonies given in each chapter, how she used prayer throughout many of life’s obstacles. The best part was that it wasn’t just her advice or recommendations everything was backed up by Gods word. The questions at the end of every chapter were thought provoking, they made you want to dive even deeper into what was given in the chapters. This study would be perfect for a small group or a personal Bible study.
I definitely recommend this Bible study, I’m going to recommend it at our next small group.

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A very well write. Book on the ASK method of prayer. Each chapter ends with questions to ponder. A valuable resource for those wish to go deeper in prayer.

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I love how this book gave practical tips for approaching prayer, as well as prompts to think about. I also appreciate when Christian authors are transparent and share some of the struggles that arise when prayer is not answered exactly when/how you want it. Deb was very open about some things she’s faced and didn’t pretend to be a perfect Christian.

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What a beautiful book on prayer and how to seek, ask, and knock for answered prayer!
Deb explains how she reached up from a pit of despair with a few note cards and prayer to reconnect with Jesus and change her life.
Deb gives us real life examples of how prayer and a life devoted to Christ can make a difference now and for generations to come! I'll likely buy my own copy of this book to reference again!

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I so enjoyed this book!! It’s so real and honest, and I feel like I’m right in deb’s shoes. Great book all the way around!

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All in all, I enjoyed this book as a whole. It is well written and I liked the authors writing style. The topic of prayer is one that I enjoy studying up on. One thing I wasn’t entirely keen on was the authors inference that by simply writing down your prayers, God is more likely to answer. I will say, that writing down your prayers can make your prayer life more intentional. If you’re prone to your mind wandering when you’re praying or falling asleep when you’re trying to pray before bed (hey, I’ve been there!) writing your prayers out while you pray them aloud can help to keep your thoughts on track! In summary, the book was good and I would recommend it to others. But if I’m being nitpicky, there were a couple things I wasn’t 100% in agreement with.

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This is a well written book about prayer. The author shares her personal stories of how she has leaned on the verse Matthew 7:7, and learned to Ask, Seek, and Knock when praying to God. The reader will come away with practical applications they can use in their own life to talk to God.

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