In the gospel of Luke, the disciples of Jesus ask Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They saw the great importance Jesus placed on having a daily rhythm of prayer and they wanted to learn how to have this same rhythm in their own lives. And so can we.
In this refreshingly different look at prayer, Johannes Hartl explores twelve simple ways to build a thriving prayer life—twelve steps that have transformed his life. Hartl encourages readers to explore different forms of prayer, from embracing silence, to creating your own ‘inner garden’ in which to meet with Jesus wherever you are, to overcoming the scripts and traffic in our heads that prevent us from encountering God. With inspiring stories, spiritual exercises, and practical ideas, Simply Pray will help you develop daily rhythms of prayer, even in the hectic pace of day-to-day life.
For those who long to meet with God in prayer, experience more depth, and discover God’s presence in the everyday, Simply Pray is an invitation to the biggest challenge and the loveliest secret—the adventure that will change your life.
What people are saying
“God is our Loving Father, our very present help in trouble, our all in all. Sometimes life gets so busy, and we aren’t quite sure how to engage with God even when we know He is real. In Simply Pray, Johannes Hartl will convince you to come away again to the secret place where God wants to share the whispers of His heart with you. If your prayer life has grown cold, take this chance to re-connect with the Source of everything… He is waiting for you!”Dr. Heidi BakerFounder, and CEO of Iris Global
“Johannes Hartl is a theologian with a passion for prayer and worship – and an inspiring vision for unity.”Nicky GumbelHoly Trinity Brompton; Founder of Alpha
“Simply Pray creatively invites us to encounter a good and joyful God at the everyday intersection of heaven’s glory and the majestic mundane of earth.”Adam CoxFounder and Lead Pastor, Navah Church KC; 24-7 Prayer USA and Global Communities Team
“Johannes Hartl is a gifted storyteller - he creatively draws from his experience presenting popular themes as springboards for reflection and prayer. Each accessible chapter moves from his daily life, through the word of God in order to teach us something about ourselves. Then we are invited and helped to go forward in prayer. This book will speak to people on many levels, it is inspirational, exhortation and full of practical tips. I recommend it for anyone who is seeking to go deeper in prayer.”Michelle MoranCo-founder of Sion Community for Evangelism and Leader within International Catholic Charismatic Renewal
“Simply Pray gives us a fresh vision to encounter Jesus more consistently and to live every day in wonder of a life dedicated to prayer. Johannes Hartl inspires us to pursue prayer more passionately, and therefore know God more intimately even in the busyness of life.”Mike BickleDirector, International House of Prayer of Kansas City
“Simply Pray is one of the most beautiful yet practical books on prayer I have read. Johannes captures the heart of devotion and the sense of our human desire to connect with the divine, but he takes it further by giving us some incredibly helpful tools to grow in our intimacy with God. I have read many great inspirational books on prayer, but some have left me with the question 'Yes, but how?' Johannes not only inspires devotion but also responds to that question with useful exercises and examples that work in our day to day lives. I believe this book will both inspire and assist you in learning to walk and talk with God.”Brian HeasleyInternational Prayer Director, 24-7 Prayer
“If you want to discover a deeper, richer lifestyle of prayer and experiencing God’s presence, Simply Pray is a must read. It introduces practical, creative and challenging tools that equip a lifestyle of listening to the voice of God by learning how to tune out noisy distractions of everyday life. This book is especially transformational and liberating if you’re someone who has a life filled with relationships and responsibilities.”Lori RoyDirector of Missions and Prayer, Heartland Community Church
“If you want to walk with God, pick up this book. You were made to pray, it’s in your design, but working out how to pray is another question, and it’s exactly why this book exists. It’s packed with experience and wisdom, as Johannes creatively intrigues, beautifully inspires and gently urges us into the adventure of relationship with God. Those who fall on their knees will land on their feet, so reading this book is an absolute must.”Pete WynterLeadership Pastor, HTB and Founder, Onelife
“Simple, profound, and practical. There are many journeys in life, but the one that matters most is the one we’re invited to take with God – deeper into his life and love. This book comes from the heart of someone who has gone far on that journey already and will help both those just starting out and those who are on the way but looking for encouragement to keep going.”Paul HarcourtNational Leader of New Wine England