Most people know that prayer is one of the basic tenets of Christianity but how many believers actually claim to have a powerful prayer life? I can’t speak for anyone else but I know that improving my prayer life is high on my list this year.
That’s why I was so pleased when my blogging friend Horace Williams Jr. debuted his book Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life.
I was already a big fan of Horace’s writing on his blog Pleasing to the Potter. And shortly after I picked up my copy, I knew that I wanted to interview Horace about his journey. His is nothing short of miraculous as you will soon read.
So, I am pleased to introduce you to Horace through this book interview. We pray that you will be inspired and encouraged by his story and the display of God’s power in his life.
Interview with Horace Williams Jr., author of Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life
Horace, congratulations on your first book! Please tell us about the inspiration behind it.
Thank you for asking Marva, but first I want to thank you for inviting me to share in your space.
My inspiration to write this book began to grow in the Spring of 2015. I had shared with my blog subscribers some answers to prayer in my life and the lives of family members. I was so overwhelmed with joy and hope at that time. I invited them to send me any prayer requests or praises they might have. I began to receive prayer requests from all over, including France! It reminded me that my world is so much bigger than the four walls I live within every day.
The mass shootings and bombings were distressing to me. I received an email from someone in Nice, France asking for prayer as they were now afraid to be living there. The final straw that convinced me to write this book was the United States’ Presidential election process. I saw the disheartening group of candidates being whittled down. It was then I knew I had to write something to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ and remind them of the power in prayer.
What impact has prayer had in your life?
Prayer has transformed and saved my life. Even though I had accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 5, I did not seek out time with Him growing up. In fact, I only called on Him when I needed or wanted His help.
After my stroke, as I was lying in a hospital bed in darkness, God revealed to me through prayer that being a Christian was about serving Him. Regardless of my sins and selfishness, He still loved me.
It was through prayer that God has taken me from my left side being paralyzed to now being able to walk again with assistance. He continues to transform my heart and renew my mind. I still have joints that don’t move on my left side. However, my brain continues to heal and so I can read and study God’s word.
I have learned the necessity of communing with God. I thank Him each day for allowing me to see a new morning. The more you converse with someone in any relationship the stronger that relationship becomes. This is the same with God.
With all the books that’s been written on prayer, how would you say your book is different?
That is a great question. I purposely did not read a lot of books on prayer before I wrote this book. I wanted to write what God put on my heart and share my experiences as a testimony of God’s power working in my life.
I share the benefits and blessings of a purposeful prayer life: unconditional forgiveness, a strengthened faith, and the opportunity to affect lives through prayer just to name a few.
For me, prayer is personal. I hope to convey that in this book. It is talking with God and being willing to listen to Him.
Prayer should first be about God and His will. We seek His will via prayer. He desires to hear from us. Not as an afterthought or only in desperate times.
What does it mean to have powerful prayers?
A powerful prayer begins with reverence and repentance. We must first acknowledge to whom we are praying, God Almighty. A prayer must start with a pure heart, and by that I mean there is no habitual unconfessed sin interfering with our communication with God.
Our prayers must solely rest in our faith in Jesus. When our faith rests in Him, we can have hope. Hope is a powerful thing. We can press forward to accomplish God’s will infused with His power and blessed by our hope in Him.
For those who are eager to develop a prayer habit, where do you suggest they start?
I would recommend setting aside a time and a place where you and God can have a quiet time together. A place where you are hopefully uninterrupted by phone calls and text messages or distracted by other things.
In those moments, ask Him to search your heart and reveal to you any habitual or unconfessed sin so that you can not only confess but repent and turn away from that sin. God cannot hear our prayers when iniquity is prevalent in our hearts. (Isaiah 50:1-2)
What would you say to the person who’s tried prayer before but struggle to believe that it actually works?
Like in any relationship, communication takes effort. If your heart is repentant and you are praying in faith to God, seeking His will, He hears your prayers. (Psalm 37:4) His answers may not be what we want, or in the time frame we desire, but God’s perfect timing is ALWAYS best. We must trust Him. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
What is the key message you would like readers to take away from this book?
One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Your prayer life is a reflection of your relationship with God.”
Think about this: Are you prioritizing your time talking with God? Do you thank Him for the evidences of Him working in your life…seen or unseen?
My second favorite quote is, “Prayer is about having purposeful and intimate conversations with God.”
As I mentioned earlier, prayer is personal. Over the years, I have seen God answer prayer in not only my own life but the lives of others. I want to daily share with my Savior the desires of my heart and seek His will for my life. It is my hope that the reader will see how much God loves them and desires to commune with them.
It’s my sincere hope that the readers of this book will be inspired to pray with purpose, persistence, and perseverance as they seek God’s will. To take a quote from my book, “Prayer is the conduit by which we can access God’s power.” Are you ready to unleash God’s power in your life?
Wow, thank you, Horace. I’m ready to tap into God’s power!
What about you?
If you’d like to give your prayer life a boost, I encourage you to grab a copy of Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life. Horace has graciously offered to give a paperback copy to one lucky reader.
For a chance to win your copy of Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life, simply follow the instructions in the giveaway below. It’s open to both US and Virgin Islands’ residents. Woohoo!
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If you absolutely can’t wait to get your copy, I have good news for you! In honour of this interview Horace has generously taken $1 off the paperback price and you can get it at the discounted price here.
And what would a post about prayer be without a request for prayer?
As we were wrapping up this interview, Horace received some concerning news about his health and could sure use your prayers. Would you take a minute to pray for Horace right now?
Wishing you blessings,
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About Horace Williams Jr.:
Horace Williams Jr. is a stroke survivor and born-again Christian who loves Jesus Christ. He has seen the power of prayer and God’s healing in his own life as he continues to recover from a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side more than six years ago. He wants to inspire, encourage, and remind Christians of the power available to them through prayer.
You can get a copy of his book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life, by clicking here.
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