Has God has led you to a particular focus for study this year? I hope so, He let me know what my focus will be, and I’ll share that with you on Friday. I hope you’ll let me know what you’ll be focusing on spiritually in 2015. I get so excited when I think about an army of spiritual warriors—digging into God’s Word and living out His truth!
I had a few friends mention that their topic of study this year was going to be prayer, and they asked for some book recommendations, so I thought it might be a good idea to pull out an old blog post and share some of these resources again with all of you!
Here are a few books on prayer that I’ve used and recommend as good resources:
A Praying Life: Connecting With God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
This is an excellent resource that I found helpful and have recommended to many of my friends. Miller provides a lot of practical suggestions for connecting prayer to your daily life. He’s honest about his own prayer struggles but also demonstrates how a meaningful prayer life is possible. This is a book you’ll return to often.
In this book, Carson carefully takes the reader through all of Paul’s prayers in the New Testament. I loved studying Paul’s prayers and getting some practical advice on how to allow Scripture to shape my prayers. The year I focused on prayer, I worked my way slowly through this book and the Scripture passages Carson was teaching through. This is one of the most helpful books on prayer I’ve used. I’ve returned to it more often than any other book on prayer.
Andrew Murray on Prayer by Andrew Murray
This is a compilation of six books by Murray on prayer. It provides a rich treasury of biblical guidance on the topic. Just this one book could fill your year of study on prayer! Don’t let the size of the book overwhelm you, it can be divided into bite-sized chunks, or you may want to pick up one or two of his smaller works (which are included in this volume): With Christ in the School of Prayer, and The Prayer Life.
Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur G. Bennett
This is a simple, yet profound, collection of puritan prayers that combine theology with passion. The humble and holy desires expressed in these prayers train me in developing my own prayer life. I regularly use this little volume in my devotional time and it prepares me for the day. This is a treasure that was given to me several years ago by a dear friend, and now it’s one I like to share as a gift with others.
I’ve just started reading Tim Keller’s new book on prayer: Prayer, Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, and it promises to be another excellent resource!
There are many more great books on prayer I could’ve listed. More important than reading good books on the topic of prayer, is the actual practice of prayer. I encourage you to commit to daily intercession, set aside specific periods in your day for focused prayer, but also develop the practice of continual communication with the Father, if you haven’t already.
Below are some posts on prayer that you may find helpful:
I would love to hear practical ways you’ve developed an effective prayer life.
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