Episode Summary:

Do you ever feel uncomfortable praying in public? Do you ever envy the prayer-life or prayer style of others after you hear them pray? Do you ever feel guilty for not praying more like those you admire? What if I assured you that God is more interested in your heart and in having a relationship than he is the eloquence of your prayers? Join me with Janet McHenry to discover how your personality influences your prayer life and learn practical ways to pray so that you find your natural prayer style.


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Quotables from the Episode:

  • I started prayerwalking in the fall of 1998, and as I began to see answers to my prayers for the people in my little town, I started a search through God’s Word to understand more about prayer. As I read from Genesis to Revelation each year, I marked up references to prayer with a circled P. Those two practices—prayerwalking and studying prayer—led me to begin writing about prayer.
  • Perhaps how we pray most naturally has something to do with our personality.
  • We can shed the guilt about what we’re doing or not doing about prayer by understanding what might be our natural prayer style.
  • Problem-Solvers like multi-tasking, so you might consider prayerwalking or praying as you exercise—and putting sticky note reminders around your home to pray.
  • What I call “Friends of God” might find singing along to worship music or praying with your family daily brings joy into your life.
  • Organized Pray-ers (also called Lamenters) prefer organized systems, so they enjoy keeping lists or writing out their prayers or creating a special prayer closet for their quiet time with God.
  • Peace Makers seek prayer as a respite from the world. They are an informal sort who might need prayer books or prayer apps to jump-start their prayer time with a cuppa coffee.
  • The important thing to remember is that we commit to spending time with our Father God, who has initiated the conversation with us.
  • Prayer is more about access than answers.


Scripture References:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
  • Luke 11:9 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
  • Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”


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Janet McHenry, authorJanet McHenry and her rancher husband Craig live in the Sierra Valley, where they raised their four kids. She is a national speaker and the author of 27 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus, and her new release, Praying Personalities. Janet directs the prayer ministries at The Bridge Church in Reno and serves on the California leadership team for the National Day of Prayer. The leader of the hundreds-strong Bible Girls and a prayerwalker, Janet has helped others foster a hope-filled, purposeful lifestyle built on prayer and God’s Word for more than two decades.





Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson


Join me with Janet McHenry to discover how your personality influences your prayer life and learn practical ways to pray. Transition from feeling guilty about your prayer habits to experiencing grace by understanding and embracing your natural prayer style.