‘”Can’t anyone teach me how to pray?” Millions of people today are asking the same question. There is a sense of the necessity of prayer – we have to pray. But how?’
Prayer is central to Christian faith; indeed, as Timothy Keller notes in his introduction, it is the main way we experience deep change. Yet so many people struggle with prayer – a struggle that the author himself has shared. This wise and inspiring book is the fruit of those struggles, offering a real and glorious vision of what it can mean to seek God in prayer.
Keller begins by giving a theological underpinning of what prayer actually is – both conversation and encounter with a personal God – before describing how we can learn to pray, and then deepen that prayer. Finally he gives detailed, practical suggestions on how to make prayer a part of the reality of daily life.
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Hold on! Is it a book about prayer? Another book about prayer? Is there any possible way we can benefit from yet another book on the subject of prayer? Tim Keller’s Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God answers with a decisive yes. It is one of the strongest books on prayer I have ever read and it receives my highest recommendation.
Here is a non–put–downable book on prayer. Encouraging and heart–inspiring and not in the least intimidating. A book solidly biblical, evangelically theological, and accessibly practical. When are you going to read this?
Some books offer a few hours of entertainment, insight or escapism but then are tossed aside and soon forgotten. Others like Jim Packer’s Knowing God, and CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity provide a resource that continues to feed and stimulate us for a lifetime. It is daring to call any 21st century book a classic. Yet I don’t think that it would be out of place for this masterly work by Tim Keller. Books on prayer are often unrealistic and guilt–inducing; we put them down feeling that we could never pray, or they are filled with a bravado that assumes if we follow the three or four steps to effective prayer, we can change the world! Keller has written a demanding book that is probably best read a chapter at a time in an unhurried and prayerful way. It is not always an easy read but if the reader is patient, they will find many helpful ways into meaningful prayer. The book is comprehensive in its range, well thought through and eminently practical. Keller has probably read everything, ancient and modern on prayer. With engaging skill he helps us explore the mysterious world of prayer. He does so, not so much as an expert teaching principles, but as a praying man allowing us to eavesdrop on his intimate moments with God. Get a copy and spend 2015 reading while making the request: “Lord teach us to pray”.
This is a book that will help you to pray. Keller digests Bible teaching and classic Christian literature to show what prayer is and how to approach it.
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