Prayer by Timothy Keller
Prayer by Timothy Keller
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. 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
He 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.
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
Praying is an integral part of a christian’s life. Yet, a lot of times, it is difficult to just bring ourselves to pray. The 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.
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|Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
By Timothy Keller / Penguin BooksEver wonder if your petitions are finding their way to God’s ear? Do you “chat” with the Lord instead of connecting with him? Offering biblical guidance and wisdom, Keller shows how to make your quiet times more personal and powerful. Discover how to talk to God about grief, loss, love, forgiveness, and more.
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