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400 Prayers for Preachers, with Slides


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Prayers for Preachers

Find precisely what you need for any prayerful occasion with 400 Prayers for Preachers. Selecting a fitting prayer and sharing it with your congregation—a task that can often take hours—will now take you minutes. In this resource, you’ll find entries from more than 30 historic Christian leaders and works, including Augustine of Hippo, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, Richard Baxter, John Newton, and more. Selections from the Bible are also included. Share the prayers with professionally designed slides—one to accompany each prayer.

Key Features

400 Prayers for Preachers:

  • Provides material for sermon prep—If you’re preaching on a Scripture or topic, you can search this resource to easily find relevant prayers.
  • Makes sharing easy—The slides make it easy to incorporate prayers into your presentation. To export a quotation or prayer into a document, just copy and paste, and the entry appears automatically footnoted with bibliographic information for 300 Quotations for Preachers.
  • Saves time and effort—No need to comb through multiple books looking for a prayer. This curated collection is categorized multiple ways, making this resource easier to use than other prayer collections.
  • Connects your church with historic prayers—We have updated the archaic language (like “thee” and “thou”) from older sources, making these prayers ready to use in a modern context. The prayers are also abbreviated to a sermon-appropriate length. A link is always provided to the original resource.

Praise for 400 Prayers for Preachers

In choosing to draw on the deep well of the Christian history, Ritzema has collected beautiful prayers which will enrich your church life. Pastors and other leaders who plan Sunday worship will find these a rich resource, particularly if they already are using Logos as they prepare for Sundays.

—James Matichuk (MDiv, Regent College)

Top Highlights

“We turn to the Lord God, the Father almighty, and with pure hearts offer to Him, so far as our meanness can, great and true thanks, with all our hearts praying His exceeding kindness, that of His good pleasure He would deign to hear our prayers, that by His power He would drive out the enemy from our deeds and thoughts, that He would increase our faith, guide our understandings, give us spiritual thoughts, and lead us to His bliss, through Jesus Christ His Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with Him, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.” (source)

“O Healer of souls, purge me of the leaven of hypocrisy and teach me the holiness of sincerity, frankness, honesty and courtesy. You have shown me the nobility of faith, and in my secret moments let me be busy in learning the principles of your kingdom, fastening them to my heart, that I may not fail in practicing them when I am tested.” (source)

“Make me peaceful and reconcilable, easy to forgive, and glad to return good for evil. Make me like yourself, all kindness and benignity, all goodness and gentleness, all meekness and longsuffering. And, O Lover of souls, raise in me a compassionate zeal to save the life, the eternal life, of souls; and by affectionate and seasonable advice, exhortations, and reproof, to reclaim the wicked, and win them to your love.” (source)

“O most merciful Spirit, I implore you to illuminate me by your visitation” (source)

“God of Israel, God of Jesus Christ, our God forever and ever; help us now by the sacred Spirit, to approach you aright, with deepest reverence, but not with servile fear; with holiest boldness, but not with presumption. Oh teach us as children to speak to the Father, and yet, as creatures to bow before our Maker.” (source)

Product Details

  • Title: 400 Prayers for Preachers, with Slides
  • Editor: Elliot Ritzema
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Format: Logos Digital
Elliot Ritzema

Elliot Ritzema graduated with an MDiv from Regent College, where he was a teaching assistant for Biblical Hermeneutics and Christian Thought & Culture. He was also editor of—and frequent contributor to—the Et Cetera, Regent's weekly student newsletter. He has a BA in Journalism (magna cum laude) from the University of Richmond, and served as a copy editing intern at the Los Angeles Times. He has a particular interest in Christian education and ethics, and frequently teaches classes (and occasionally preaches) at the church he and his wife attend in Bellingham, WA.


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    I am so glad I came across this important resource to aid me in my studies! Thank You for your hard work to provide preachers, teachers, and just plain laymen who desire to be reachers of the lost souls and to teach God's word to the children of God! God Bless!
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