Sadly, most of us struggle to set aside time to pray. But, fear not, this is not another book that will pile on the guilt, simply saying pray better and more often. Instead, Michael Reeves shows us not only why prayer is so essential, but also how we can enjoy it too.
Taking his cue from Calvin’s definition that prayer is ‘the chief exercise of faith,’ Reeves helps us understand that prayer should be a natural expression of our faith. Just as faith is awakened as we grasp the wonders of the gospel, so prayer follows as our hearts respond to these glorious truths.
We all struggle with prayer. There I said it. We have all bought new prayer diaries and filled them in for two weeks at most and then the blank pages started rolling in. We have resolved to get up earlier and pray more before the start of the day and we kept it up until Wednesday and then it started to slide before dwindling entirely. We think of our prayer life and we feel guilty because we know it is vital but it never seems easy. Mike Reeves in this dynamic, little book comes alongside and shows us how we can enjoy a life of prayer. He uses the repeated phrase borrowed from church history that prayer is ‘the chief exercise of faith.’ In 14 succinct chapter we are taken on a journey starting with the problem the prayer, going through the theory of prayer and ending with exhortation to pray, this is the adrenaline shot that we are all looking for to kick start and perpetuate effective prayer lives. I heartily recommend this explosive, dangerous and digestible book on prayer, it isn’t a how to, but it is stunning treatise on enjoying, valuing and getting going with prayer.
I used this book as part of a Spiritual retreat and it was very well received by all levels of maturity. I now include it as part of the 101 new member class curriculum. Another excellent resource by this publisher.
Most books on prayer focus on technique, and most Christians feel that they fail at prayer and feel guilt as a result. Reeves shows us that the key to prayer is to realise to whom we are praying: to the Father, through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. The wisdom of Calvin (prayer is the chief exercise of faith) is distilled in this short book of 46 pages.
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