James Banks is a best-selling author and speaker best known for his work helping others learn how to pray. He and his wife Cari have been married over 28 years and have two adult children. They make their home in Durham, North Carolina, where James serves as a pastor, church-planter and part-time seminary professor. James is also the author of several magazine articles on prayer and outreach and is a regular guest on radio and television.
James grew up in the San Diego area. He started writing in elementary school when his 4th grade teacher heard him making up poetry spontaneously and gave him topics to write about (probably to make him sit still). His senior year in high school James was the California State Champion in Informative Speaking; his senior year in college he ranked among the top four speakers in the U.S.A. in the same event. Today, in addition to writing and speaking, James enjoys college basketball, making his own diesel fuel (just ask him), beekeeping, fencing, gardening, and spending time under the hood of his 1964 Plymouth. James also loves church history, forgotten hymns and languages (after high school he was a foreign exchange student in Germany). He is fluent in both German and Spanish.
James is a graduate of Westmont College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry, emphasis in Church History). He is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), a growing, Christ-centered group of believers.
James loves to help others draw near to God through prayer. Nearly 25 years in pastoral ministry and his experience as a parent enable him to speak from the heart about challenges many face and God’s amazing power to answer prayer. He is available for speaking events, seminars and retreats. For more information and clips from recent media appearances, please visit the Events/Media page of his website.
Prayers for Prodigals
Other parents may not understand what you’re up against with your prodigal son or daughter, but God understands. He knows what its like to have a world full of prodigals, and He waits for you to bring yours to Him through committed, passionate praying.
Parents can bless their child in no greater way than to pray for his or her salvation. Yet sometimes knowing what to pray can be difficult. Prayers for Prodigals will help you pray for your prodigal child while encouraging you and reminding you of the power of God to answer prayer. Ninety Scripture-based prayers cover emotional and practical 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.
Praying The Prayers of the Bible
Praying the Prayers of the Bible is James’ latest book from Discovery House Publishers.
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. Build your prayer life on the firm foundation of the Word of God through Praying the Prayers of the Bible!
The Lost Art of Praying Together
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. But for many, praying together has become a lost art. Prayer meetings aren’t at the top of most Christians’ lists of favorite things to do.
Filled with biblical encouragement and practical insights, The Lost Art of Praying Together will help you make united prayer a priority—in your church, your family, and wherever God’s people are gathered 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!