How Praying Backwards will Revolutionize Your Prayer Life

Are you a book reader? I am. My bookshelf has some really good books on it concerning prayer. One such book is called “Praying Backwards” by Bryan Chapell. This book revolutionized my prayer life!

Let me tell you all about it.


Prayer | Improve Prayer Life | Thy Will be Done | The Lord's Prayer


I had thought my prayer life was okay because I prayed in the name of Jesus.  However, as I read this book, the excitement grew within me as I found how I needed to change the way I prayed.

There is one way to revolutionize your prayer life from ho-hum to amazing! Do you want to know what it is?

We have been taught to pray according to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, right? These passages teach us to pray in the name of Jesus and so we end our prayers that way. However,  that is not a formula to having prayers answered.

The author, Bryan Chappell, says in his book,

The name of Jesus is not a genie in a bottle or a magic formula to getting whatever it is we want. It is not a wishing well.

And yet, so many believers pray this way, with anticipation of having prayers answered because we said certain words. We tack on let Your will be done thinking that this will surely get our prayers noticed and answered.

Not always.

As you know, praying does not change all situations. Loved ones still suffer, life still hurts and you still deal with the issues you have been praying for.

In John 16:33, Jesus said In this world you will have trouble.

Notice the word “will.” Not “may” but “will.”

While you pray for answers to your requests, you can be assured that there is a purpose for the difficulty. That purpose is for God to use it to glorify Himself and you and I need to be ‘okay’ with that.


The Secret is Praying Backwards

So what is this revolutionary way of praying?

Pray backwards, beginning with the end.

Begin your prayers with “Thy will be done”.

By starting your prayers with the ending, your focus is on the One whose will it is we are submitting to. You pray in Jesus’ name, so begin your prayers by using this authority that He has given to you.

A sample prayer for healing:

Heavenly Father, I come before You in the name of Jesus and I pray for Your will to be done in {name’s} life. I pray Lord that You will have Your way with {name}.

Lord, {her} body needs Your healing touch. According to Your Word, touch {her} body, touch every part of it that is not whole and let Your healing power flow through {her}. May {she} sense the warmth of Your presence with {her}, even now, as we speak.

Father God, the destiny You have planned for {name}, let it continue to unfold according to Your plan for {her} life. May {she} walk in Your power and strength, may {she} be filled to overflowing with Your goodness, mercy, and grace.

May {she} be filled with boldness to share {her} testimony of the amazing thing You are doing in {her} life. Father God, let Your glory shine through {name} as You perform Your will in {her} life.


When you change the direction of your prayer to begin with the end, you will notice the focus of your words are more on Him and what He can do and less on you and what you’d like Him to do.

Praying backward has been revolutionary, not only in my prayer life but also in my understanding of His Word as it directs my thinking patterns. I know your thought patterns will change as well!

When you pray focused on His will, your priorities will be altered, your thoughts will be altered, the direction of your prayers will be altered because now you are wanting God’s will above your own. Altered from less of us to more of Him.

Remember this, it’s not about us. It is all about God and His glory.


Pray Outside the Box

So often, in our prayers, we put God in a box. We direct Him to answer prayer in a specific way and we are glad when and if He does. But if we allowed Him to answer according to His will, the answer could be so much more than what we were thinking.

When Jesus’ priorities come first, our prayers will change. They will be less self-oriented, more Christ directed, more blessed, and ultimately most satisfying to our hearts. (pg 16, Praying Backwards, Bryan Chappell)

Have you listened to how children pray? Pretty cute, huh? But what do you notice about their prayers? Would you say they are self-focused?

While children may pray, “Lord, give me what I want”, the mature believer prays “Lord, conform me to what You want.” (pg 25, Praying Backwards)

Children pray, “My will be done”, the mature believer prays “Thy will be done.” (pg 26, Praying Backwards)

Praying backward is an attitude of the heart (pg 27) and means that we are placing our focus on Jesus and not on ourselves. When you pray backward you will find you are praying some pretty amazing prayers because they are Scriptural-based! There is nothing better than that!!


Pray Scripture to God

I love to incorporate God’s written Word within my prayers. When I pray for healing, I will quote appropriate Scripture verses, when I pray for finances, I will remind God that He is Jehovah Jireh, that He will provide for us. When I pray for wisdom, or for discernment, I will pray His word to Him. There is nothing more powerful than praying the Word of God to the Father who inspired the Word!


Pray Backwards | Prayer | May Thy Will be Done | Prayer Life


We continue to pray in the name of Jesus, we continue to pray boldly and fervently.

We continue to pray in the Spirit.

We continue to pray with expectation.

We continue to pray persistently.

We continue to pray in God’s wisdom.

We continue to pray without ceasing.

By following the principles that are laid out in the Bible, your prayer life will change dramatically.

You will no longer feel that you should be “loud” or “lengthy” in your prayers.

Understanding the authority that you have to pray in the Name of Jesus in such a simple way becomes very powerful. Heaven is released to work on your behalf.


That’s a Wrap

There is so much more good stuff in this book. This book has been an answer to my prayer and I know it will be to your prayers also.

The book’s tagline is “Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name.” It will transform your prayer life!

You can find this book on Amazon or Christianbook dot com, and for the lowest price, look for ISBN: 0-8010-6527-5


Praying Backwards

Does this informal review of “Praying Backwards” appeal to you? Would you want to include this book on your bookshelf?

Will praying backwards revolutionize your prayer life?

Please comment with your thoughts on this. I’d love to hear from you.








Related Post:

Desire More of God | Be Holy as I am Holy | God's Holiness | Holy GodWhy You NEED to Desire More of God





Once you learn how to change the direction of your prayers, you'll release heaven to answer your prayers. It's simple, yet, profound. #prayer #prayerlife #pray

About Cindy

Lovin' the Word of God - reading it - studying it - sharing it - living it!

13 thoughts on “How Praying Backwards will Revolutionize Your Prayer Life

  1. I found that praying like Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane works well too. Instead of praying “Save me from this hour” prayers, we need to instead pray “Glorify thy Name” prayers. It changes the focus completely!

    1. Oh, yes, Karen, the goal of our prayers should be to glorify Him so I completely agree with you! Focus on God in our prayers and we can’t go wrong as we desire to glorify Him. Thank you for stopping by today. Be blessed as you continue on in Him.

  2. Cindy, this is good stuff.
    At times, I have used the Lord’s Prayer as a rack to hang my prayers on, ensuring that I keep His kingdom and His power and His glory in mind as I lift up my family and our needs. Thanks for sharing your good thoughts about this book!

    1. Hi Michele, thanks for stopping by today. I’m glad you enjoyed this perspective of praying backwards.
      Yes, the Lord’s prayer is our model and it begins with Thy Will be Done. How often we’ve missed that it is at the beginning and not the end of His prayer!

  3. Something worth putting into practice when I pray. Thy will be done – just saying those words at the start takes a lot of the anxiety out of what we pray for.

    1. You are so right, Rachel! The pressure is off us to figure out how to make the answer come and it is placed on God who knows all and has it already planned! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *