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New!  Praying With Jesus DVD and Study Guide


Praying with Jesus

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Imagine what it would be like to have Jesus teach you to pray. There’s no better teacher than Jesus!  In this direct and personal DVD series, James looks at Jesus’ amazing teaching about prayer and personal practice in 6 concise 12 to 15 minute sessions. Each session tackles practical issues for your prayer life today, such as unanswered prayer or the challenge of making time for prayer in our fast-paced culture.  Biblical examples, from prayers of praise to “wrestling” prayers, reveal how prayer builds faith and brings people closer to the God of all creation. Paired with a thought-provoking study guide, Praying with Jesus is perfect for individuals, couples, families, and church groups.   Click on the picture on the left to go to Discovery House Publishers and find out more about these exciting new resources.  And be sure to follow this link to watch the promo video!



Praying Together


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James’ first book, The Lost Art of Praying Together, has just been updated and expanded!  Praying Together includes new, helpful information about praying Scripture’s prayers and worship-based prayer, and is packed with even more practical helps for people who would like to learn about how to pray with others in life-transforming ways. 

Praying Together guides readers in discovering God’s presence and power in fresh and exciting ways. This engaging guide to connecting with God corporately offers readers wisdom from both the Old and New Testaments. Through inspiring examples of people united in prayer throughout history, readers are encouraged to gather with family and friends, begin the adventure of prayer, and watch God move like never before!

With its wealth of information, “Prayer Confidence Builders,” study questions at the end of each chapter and helpful appendices, Praying Together is a must-have book for families, churches and small groups.  Click on the picture to your left to go the publisher’s page and learn more!



 Prayers for Your Children


Prayers for Your Children

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This recent book went into it’s second printing (due to demand) before it was even released, and we’re thrilled.  What greater gift can you give your child the faithful prayer on his or her behalf? Many parents believe in the power of prayer over their children – but their lives are so full that finding time for prayer can be a challenge.

Inside Prayers for Your Children,  parents find the help they need with scripture-packed prayers that cover children through every season of life. These powerful, encouraging prayers help you speak God’s promises back to Him — and will inspire you to pray all the more.  90 prayers, combined with true stories of God’s power to transform lives in answer to prayer.  These ready-to-pray-prayers address such important needs as knowing Christ as Savior, growing in relationship with God and others, experiencing God’s protection and direction for life, walking in purity and love, and living with hope and faith for a lifetime.

Partner with God through prayer, and speak life-changing blessing over your child both now and for eternity!


 Here’s more about Prayers for Your Children:

“This book is a gift. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know how to pray for my children until I held it in my hands! With wisdom and love, James Banks equips parents to love our children through prayer.” 

                                                                                                          -Margot Starbuck, author of The Girl in the Orange Dress

“James has written a book that not only helps parents put the power of prayer into action, but will be a great scriptural guide to strengthen your devotional life.”     

                                                                                                                -Chrissy Cymbala, The Chicago Tabernacle

“James Banks writes from the heart of a father who knows what it’s like to pray for a prodigal to return home. From praying for your children to discover the power of prayer, to asking the Lord to give him or her faith that surpasses your own—James uses the power of Scripture to help you pray toward their eternal destinies. By using this book as a guide, you will not run out of Kingdom prayers for your children. James captures the hope of God’s Word that parents long to see planted deep within their children’s hearts. No one will pray more faithfully for your children than you!”

-Carol Madison, Editor, Prayer Connect magazine

“Thirty eight years ago the Holy Spirit pressed me to pray every day for ‘every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’ for our four children. It wasn’t easy. There were times, sadly, that I failed.  My prayers would have been wider, deeper and richer had I had this wonderful resource by Dr. James Banks. I thank God for Prayers for Your Children. It will enhance and enrich my prayers as I now pray for twelve grandchildren.”

-Dr. Alvin Vander Griend, author of eight books on prayer

“In Prayers for Your Children, James Banks lays out a simple plan for how to combine combustible elements– the power of God’s Word, your faith in the Father, and love your for your children– so that prayer emerges as an explosive force that nothing can avert. Prayer can release the power of God into the cracks and crevices of a heart when nothing else can penetrate. Prayer can search out and disarm life’s landmines before they detonate.  Nothing is beyond prayer’s powerful reach. This book will give you a biblical, practical plan for how you can discover fresh power in prayer for the lives of your children.”

 -Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Director of The Praying Life Foundation

“For every concern on behalf of your children, James Banks has beautifully crafted a sincere, tender lifetime resource to help you ‘approach the throne of grace’ with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).”

-Sarah Bush, blogger and author.


Praying The Prayers of the Bible book and calendar


Praying The Prayers of The Bible

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Praying the Prayers of the Bible will encourage and inspire you with prayers from God’s Word.  You’ll find prayers to help you praise God, prayers for daily needs, prayers to strengthen faith, prayers for guidance and direction, and many more.  You’ll find yourself challenged and refreshed as you learn to pray following the “knee-prints” of Jesus, David, Moses, Elijah, Mary, Paul, Peter (and many others). You’ll also find insightful reflections, “prayer-starters” to “jump-start” your personal prayers, and a special index to help you apply the prayers of the Bible to life.

Praying the Prayers of the Bible offers powerful and inspiring help for personal prayer, couples, prayer groups and churches.  This best-selling book has already encouraged over a hundred thousand people in prayer, and is also available in a large print edition.  Build your prayer life on the firm foundation of the Word of God through Praying the Prayers of the Bible!




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These transformational prayers from God’s Word have also been compiled in a helpful perpetual calendar.  It includes prayers of praise and thanksgiving, prayers for wisdom and direction, prayers for blessing, and much more.  Let prayers for God’s Word inspire your day!  Click on the photo to go to Discovery House Publishers and find out more!





James was interviewed by Daniel Henderson and The 6:4 Fellowship about praying Scripture’s prayers:



Praying the Prayers of the Bible is a powerful book that will inspire and teach you as you pray.  Here’s what others are saying:

“The best way to talk to God is from His own Word.  My friend, James Banks, has done a masterful job in helping us encounter God in the Scriptures while capturing the breadth of human emotion, the depth of personal struggle and the heights of extraordinary praise. No matter who you are or what you are encountering, these prayers will give language to your soul and direction to your life.”

— Daniel Henderson – President, Strategic Renewal International

“This wonderful little volume can transform your prayer life! As all the great saints of Christian history understood, something very special seems to happen when a person appropriates the inspired and life-giving words of Holy Scripture to express to God their deepest yearnings, petitions and praise.  Give it a try and your prayers will never be the same!”

— Dr. Garth M. Rosell, Professor of Church History
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Over the years, I have discovered the great inspiration of using passages of the Bible for each of the steps of my conversation with God in prayer.  Often I would search for a prayer prayed by one of my biblical heroes or heroines to help me in the challenges and opportunities of my life. Now in this magnificent collection of the prayers of the Bible, these prayers are collected and categorized for our deepest needs and urgent questions.  It is moving to know that the Holy Spirit inspired them and uses them to give me a way to pray prayers that He will wing to the heart of God.  My prayer life has been enriched by this book and it will be a cherished part of my devotions in the years to come.”

— Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, 61st Chaplain of the U.S. Senate

“I love any book that teaches me how to pray, or even what to pray. Therefore, I love this book by James Banks entitled Praying the Prayers of the Bible, because they are so handy, and they are biblical. My prayer is that you would become a better prayer warrior for God, by praying the prayers of the Bible. May this book accomplish the purpose for which it was written.”

— Elmer Towns, Co Founder, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

“God has fueled in James Banks a passion for prayer, a passion that he desires to share with all of God’s people.  Praying the Prayers of the Bible is the result, and in it you will learn how to use the many prayers of Scripture as prompts for deepening your relationship with our Triune God and your times of prayer and communication with the One who gives us life. I look forward to using this wonderful book in my own devotional time in ways that will help focus my attention on loving the One who first loved us.”

— Bob Mayer, Senior Librarian, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Let’s Pray!



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As much as we want to talk to God, sometimes it’s difficult to find words that express the emotions of our hearts. In this excerpt from  Praying the Prayers of the Bible, James shares prayers from biblical characters to show us how we can use God’s own Word to talk to Him through every season of life. We are reminded that “He wants to bless us and draw us near with love that gives life to our souls,” and we’re encouraged to approach God just as we are with our praises and petitions.

This powerful little booklet has been distributed to over a million readers and is available for a small donation.  It’s also available in Spanish!  Click on the photo to go to Our Daily Bread and find out more.





Prayers for Prodigals


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Once in a while a book comes along that God uses to comfort and encourage others in a truly life-changing way.  Prayers for Prodigals, now in multiple printings and in many languages, is one such book.

When you’re the parent of a prodigal others may not understand what you’re up against, but God does. He knows what its like to have a world full of prodigals, and He longs for you to bring yours to Him through your faithful prayers. Our prodigals need our prayers!  But sometimes knowing what to pray can be difficult. Prayers for Prodigals will help you pray for your prodigal child while encouraging you with God’s faithfulness to answer prayer. Ninety Scripture-packed prayers cover the many challenges faced by parents of prodigals.

Use this book to partner with God, through prayer, to change your child’s eternal future by bringing your son or daughter into a vital relationship with Jesus. Nothing in this world or the next could possibly matter more.

If you would like to purchase a case of 10 or more copies of Prayers for Prodigals please send us a note on our contact page.



 Here’s what others are saying about Prayers for Prodigals:

“My mother, Ruth Bell Graham, would have loved this book Prayers for Prodigals.  Why?  Because she loved prodigals; I know—I was one.  James Banks certainly captures the hearts of many mothers and fathers who agonize over wayward children.  Even for children who don’t walk the prodigal path, all children, teenagers, and adult children need prayer.  This book puts such prayer into proper perspective—James has shared from the depth of experience the secret of parental prayers for children and reveals the truth for effective prayer—God’s Word.  He looks inward first to his own shortfall so that God can then lead him to touch the heart of a loving heavenly Father as he seeks the mind of Christ.  I believe if every parent would peruse these pages they would find guidance and comfort in trusting the Lord with their dearest possessions.”

— Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse

“This book will meet a real need for the many parents of prodigals who long to pray their children home and experience God’s peace while they’re waiting.”

— Cheri Fuller, author of 42 books, including When Mothers Pray

“I am thrilled that such a book is being written for parents of prodigals who need so much encouragement to keep praying when they don’t see any evidence of the answer. I pray God’s blessing on this book.”

—Fern Nichols, Founder & President, Moms in Touch International

“Years of pastoring and counseling have brought many parents my way who have wayward children. Our God, who answers prayer, is the key in children returning to God and their parents. I look forward to using this resource to help many hurting parents!”

—Dr. Kerry L. Skinner, KLS/Life Change Ministries

“As a father and grandfather, I have sometimes searched hard for words to express both gratitude and longing for our young ones. I find James Banks’ words of prayer both honest and helpful, and have already shared them with our own grown children for their own use!”

—Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries

To see prayers and a reflection from the book please visit PrayersForProdigals.org, which also includes a place for parents to anonymously request prayers for their prodigal children.  They will be prayed for!



The Lost Art of Praying Together


The Lost Art Of Praying Together

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Jesus has promised that “where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). Praying together is an opportunity to enter into the presence of God in a unique and powerful way. Yet for many, praying together has become a lost art. Many feel intimidated or inadequate when it comes to praying with others.  But God loves it when we pray!

Filled with biblical encouragement and practical insights, The Lost Art of Praying Together will help you discover the genuine difference prayer can make in your church, your family, and wherever God’s people gather together. Reflection questions make this book ideal for personal or group study, and appendices offer practical tips for organizing prayer groups. Amazing things happen when God’s people pray!

If you would like to purchase a case of 10 or more copies of The Lost Art of Praying Together at a special, discounted price for your church or group, please send us a note on our contact page.




 Praise for The Lost Art of Praying Together:

“If ever there was a time in our nation for prayer it is now. Dr. Banks has offered a most insightful and practical help on prayer. His work is from the Father’s heart and one of the best that I have read. Time spent in this book is time spent at the Master’s feet.”

—Dr. Terry Teykl, Author, speaker, and consultant
Renewal Ministries

“For those who are searching for spiritual renewal, one could hardly recommend a better place to begin than with the reading of James Banks’ excellent new book, The Lost Art of Praying Together.”

—Garth M. Rosell, Professor of Church History,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“James Banks has unearthed some long-overlooked gems from God’s Word and history about why praying together matters. Here’s help for churches, prayer groups and families who hunger to see what God can do when His people pray. The Lost Art of Praying Together is a timely and powerful work.”

—Cheri Fuller, Author of 42 books
Gold Medallion Book Award-winner