Is your prayer life what it should be?
Do you struggle with “a cold and prayerless heart”?
Do you have “no faith or joy in the little that you pray about”?
Christians often complain that their private prayer is not what it should be. They feel weak and sinful, and their hearts are cold and dark. It is as if they have no faith or joy in what little they have to pray about. They are discouraged and kept from prayer by the thought that they cannot come to the Father as they ought to or as they wish. Child of God, listen to your Teacher! He tells you that when you go to private prayer your first thought must be that the Father is waiting for you there in secret. Don’t let a cold and prayerless heart keep you from the presence of the loving Father. The Lord is concerned about you the way a father is concerned about his children. Do not think about how little you have to give to God, but about how much He wants to give to you. Just place yourself before His face and look up into it. Think of His wonderful, tender, concerned love. Tell Him how sinful, cold, and dark everything is. The Father’s loving heart will give light and warmth to yours. Do what Jesus said. Just shut the door and pray to the Father in secret. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to go alone to the infinite God? Just look up and say, “My Father!”
Excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
If you seriously desire to grow in your personal prayer life through learning the Biblical theology behind prayer, you will benefit from reading With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray.
Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a pastor and author who lived in South Africa. He wrote passionately about many aspects of Christian life. Prayer was one of his favorite topics.
With Christ in the School of Prayer will help you understand:
- The purpose of prayer
- What it means to pray in spirit and in truth
- Jesus Christ’s role in prayer as an intercessor before God for you
- Your role as an earthly priest interceding for those around you
- The Holy Spirit’s work in prayer
- What you can learn from the Lord’s Prayer
- Why you must focus on God’s will in your prayers rather than your own
- What praying “in God’s will” looks like, based on Scripture
- How God can change your heart through prayer to desire His will above your own, and
- How your attitudes, such as unbelief and unforgiveness, will have a direct effect on your prayer life.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
While With Christ in the School of Prayer is an excellent place to go to be challenged in your prayer life, it is not the easiest book to read. It is theologically deep and some of the English is archaic. This book is well worth slowing down to read, however.
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