Tim Parker

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Prayer & the Voice of God

I have been waiting a long long time for a book like this. Most books on my shelf dealing with the topic of prayer tend to descend into meaningless waffle within the space of a few pages. Not so with this one. It clearly lays down a solid biblical framework for prayer and goes on to provide insightful, helpful and powerful motivations to pray.

The book is in no way a dull read and this is helped along by fantastic illustrations of key points. I especially appreciate Chapter 2, which emphasises that the meaning of prayer is closely related to the character of God and Chapter 10 which usefully answers some practical FAQs about prayer.

My only point of significant disagreement with the authors is concerned with their definition of prayer as only “Asking God for things”. This statement is defended only in rough out line. While the authors seem happy to accept the merits of adoration and thanksgiving, they do not label such things as prayer. I my self prefer a broader definition of prayer being simply “talking to God”, or better yet Bunyan’s majestic definition of prayer, written from his prison cell in 1662:

“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the word of God, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.”

This aside, it is a most useful book and one which will be of great benefit. I do worry though that it will be seen as so authoritative that we forget the great privilege of affectionately pouring out our heart and soul to God.

Phillip Jensen & Tony Payne
Matthias Media
ISBN: 9781921068287 1921068280


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