4 Stars Out Of 5
Prayer from a man who suffered greatly for it
December 15, 2010
Gyeonggido, South Korea
Although the two books combined here are both generally about prayer, their style is very different. The first book contains one of the best definitions of prayer there is: "Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God."
He spends the rest of the book unpacking that statement with Scriptural support in a highly systematic and organized way. Bunyan talks about prayer with authority, because he was in prison at the time for teaching against the common practice of reading prayers out of a book. In "Praying in the Spirit" Bunyan gives a sound and convicting explanation of the Biblical manner of prayer, which is sorely needed in our experienced-based churches today!
The second part of this book, "The Throne of Grace," is a little harder to grasp and there is the chance that he may be over-spiritualizing Hebrews 4:15 with a lot of the drawn out connections he makes. As the previous reviewer mentioned, I found this part to be a bit much.
However, the first part of this edition was so good that I still gave the whole book 4 stars. Bunyan will challenge you!