Prayer by Timothy Keller – A Book Review

Prayer by Timothy Keller – A Book Review

Prayer by Timothy Keller – A Book Review

In the beginning of February I shared with you the 3 things I learnt about Prayer. This was a result of journaling through the Bible reading plans I read in January in connection with prayer. As I work on a more disciplined prayer life this year, I want to bring you along in my journey, so you can be encouraged from the things I learn and discover in my own walk with God. Today I want to share with you few thoughts from the book Prayer by Timothy Keller that I have been reading.


Beginning a Prayer Life


This book goes in depth on prayer, beginning with the desire to pray, understanding prayer to deepening and daily prayer. One of the chapters expresses the importance of reading scripture in order to pray. The author explains the scenario of a child learning how to talk. He can speak only to the degree he is spoken to. Prayer is nothing but a response to God. God speaks to us through His word and we respond to Him in prayer.


It is only by immersion in the language of the Bible that we will learn to pray. Without prayer that answers the God of the Bible we will only be talking to ourselves. ~ Timothy Keller


Praying the Lord’s Prayer


Tim Keller gleans the rules of prayer from the master teachers of prayer St. Augustine, Martin Luther and John Calvin. In doing so he also notes the rule against rules and the concept of familiarity in saying the Lord’s prayer. I really enjoyed Luther’s way of praying the Lord’s prayer. He would use the Lord’s prayer but expound and elaborate each phrase to include his prayer that stretches from adoration to request to confession.


Prayer by Timothy Keller


Praying the Lord’s prayer forces us to look for things to thank and praise God for in our dark times, and it presses us to repent and seek forgiveness during times of prosperity and success. It disciplines us to bring every part of our lives to God. ~ Timothy Keller


Cultivating a Daily Prayer Life


Praying is an integral part of a christian’s life. Yet, a lot of times, it is difficult to just bring ourselves to pray. This book offers a head start to a disciplined prayer life with various methods and approaches, both from renowned prayer warriors in history as well as Tim’s own prayer life.


Prayer, then, is both awe and intimacy, struggle and reality. @timkellernyc



I encourage you to grab a copy of Prayer by Timothy Keller if you are looking to understand and lead a meaningful prayer life. You can purchase the book using the affiliate link here!


This post is linked with Literary Musings Monday

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.


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