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Teach Us To Pray

 

This sermon is from July 28, 2013, preached at The Patterson Avenue Baptist Church.

 

 

Lord, Teach Us To Pray
by: Andrew Murray
publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, published: 2012-06-14
ASIN: 147766355X
EAN: 9781477663554
sales rank: 317898
price: $3.40 (new), $14.00 (used)

There are no shortcuts to Spiritual Power other than through PRAYER. As modern day disciples, we must follow our Lord’s example. Prayer must be our chief request if we are to experience God’s presence and walk in the power of His Spirit. God has used this little book to speak to my heart and the depth of my soul in a very profound way, on the subject of prayer. My eyes have been opened to the amazement of God’s real intent for PRAYER in the life of a believer. My prayer life has been taken from a Duty to a Desire. I pray this book does the same for you.

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
by: Richard J. Foster
publisher: HarperOne, published: 2002-08-20
ASIN: 0060628464
EAN: 9780060628468
sales rank: 18475
price: $6.41 (new), $1.58 (used)

Best-selling author Richard J. Foster offers a warm, compelling, and sensitive primer on prayer, helping us to understand, experience, and practice it in its many forms-from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer. He clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest.

Coming to prayer is like coming home, Foster says. “Nothing feels more right, more like what we are created to be and to do. Yet at the same time we are confronted with great mysteries. Who hasn’t struggled with the puzzle of unanswered prayer? Who hasn’t wondered how a finite person can commune with the infinite Creator of the universe? Who hasn’t questioned whether prayer isn’t merely psychological manipulation after all? We do our best, of course, to answer these knotty questions but when all is said and done, there is a sense in which these mysteries remain unanswered and unanswerable . . . At such times we must learn to become comfortable with the mystery.”

Foster shows how prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others. He leads us beyond questions to a deeper understanding and practice of prayer, bringing us closer to God, to ourselves, and to our community.

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
by: Philip Yancey
publisher: Zondervan, published: 2010-04-27
ASIN: 0310328888
EAN: 9780310328889
sales rank: 33917
price: $9.06 (new), $6.79 (used)

In his most powerful book since What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer. Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as: *Is God listening? *Why should God care about me? *If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? *Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? *Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? *How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. ‘I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,’ he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.

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