Numerous books have been written on the discipline of prayer, often leading to shame or guilt of not praying enough. A well-known complaint is whether prayer helps. Does God really listen? What is praying according to His will? Elisa Morgan tries a different angle, based on the twofold prayer of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. In the same sentence, present in three out of four gospels, Jesus both requested (“Take this cup”) and relinquished (“Not my will”). Prayer is like a two-sided coin, minted in the heat and pressure of life and spent in the bent-knee of practice. In this particular prayer, Jesus showed to His Father, and through the evangelists as well, that both honesty and abandon count. The Prayer Coin explores this two-sided masterpiece of prayer, inviting you to the intimacy Jesus died to provide.
Morgan shares her personal life how prayers to “Take this cup” and “Not my will” have a pivot in the relationship with God. He listens and answers. Yes, praying like this is a practice, that requires discipline. It’s not formulaic, but a set of deep expressions to our heavenly Father of our raw, human, and honest feelings, yet abandoning our own preferred solution to give room for divine providence.
About the author
Elisa Morgan was named by Christianity Today as one of the top 50 women influencing today’s church and culture, and she’s a sought-after author, speaker, and leader. She has authored more than 25 books on mothering, spiritual formation, and evangelism, including The Beauty of Broken, Hello, Beauty Full, She Did What She Could, and The NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible.
For 20 years, Elisa served as the CEO of MOPS International. Under her leadership, MOPS grew from 350 groups to more than 4,000 groups throughout the United States and in 30 other countries, influencing more than 100,000 moms every year. Elisa now serves as president emerita of MOPS.
Elisa received a BS from the University of Texas and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. She served as the dean of women at Western Bible College (now Colorado Christian University) and on the board of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). Currently she serves on the board of Denver Seminary.
Elisa is a cohost of the syndicated radio program Discover the Word, a daily 15-minute real-time conversation around the living Word of God. She is married to Evan (the senior vice president of global ministry efforts for Our Daily Bread Ministries) and has two grown children and two grandchildren who live near her in Denver, Colorado. Wilson and Darla, her two rottweilers, take her on walks in the open space behind her house.