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Please note that while this is an unbiased review of the book  Prayers for Every Occasion by Ellen Banks Elwell. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Prayers for Every Occasion by Ellen Banks Elwell

When I first selected this book, Prayers for Every Occasion,  from Tyndale’s Blogger Review program, it was more out of curiosity than anything, to be honest.  I normally don’t pray, pre-written prayers, but had just embarked on the forty day prayer challenge based off of The Prayer Circle and was looking for ways to increase my PQ (Prayer Quotient).

At first glance, this book seemed something out of the 19th century in it’s style, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that while the design is vintage, the prayers are current and certainly scripture-based.

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Sprinkled liberally with Scripture throughout, this small, but mighty book (4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″) is broken down into four sections:

  • Prayers for Specific Occasions
  • Prayers from the Bible
  • Prayers from Hymns
  • Prayers across the Ages

With 176 prayers (easily found in the topical index), you are sure to find a prayer that fits your (or your loved one’s) prayer needs.

Moving? There’s a prayer for that.  Job search.  Yep.  There’s a prayer for that, too. Honesty? Friendship?  Loss of a loved one?  Beautiful prayers for those, as well.

prayers for every occasion by Ellen Banks Elwell

Filled with prayers for hope and encouragement, no matter your Christian denomination, you will find dozens of perfectly suitable prayers.  

While, of course, you can use the topical index to look up prayers for a specific need, I recommend, praying your way through the last three sections of the book – perhaps one per day – and writing the accompanying scripture in your prayer journal.

I’m pleased to add Prayers for Every Occasion to my prayer life and Christian resource library.  Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and writing in this small, but mighty, prayer resource.

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Because of Him,





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Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women live a Proverbs 31 life in today’s world. The Lord laid upon her heart to serve women to grow in Christ, improve their marriages and manage their homes stress-free. She provides tools and resources on her website for Christian women to grow in their faith, deepen their relationship with their husbands and manage their homes well.

She lives in rural North Central Missouri with her handsome and hilarious husband and a myriad of dogs, cats and chickens.

Susan runs on Jesus, coffee and not enough sleep.