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Christians are taught that prayer is the main way to experience God. But aside from learning prayers by rote, few receive guidance in how to make the most of this essential Christian act. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller shows us how to make prayer genuinely meaningful.
With his trademark insight and energy, Keller offers brilliant and inspirational biblical guidance, as well as prayers for specific situations, such as dealing with grief, love, and forgiveness. Using great model prayers from the Bible and great Christian teachers throughout history, he discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader. Hardcover.
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.
With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.
Dr. Kellers previous books have sold more than one million copies. His Redeemer Presbyterian Church is not only a major presence in his home base of New York, it has also helped to launch more than two hundred fifty other churches in forty-eight cities around the world. His teachings have already helped millions, the majority of whom pray regularly. And with Prayer, hell show them how to find a deeper connection with God.
". . . Keller provides a contextually rich guide and companion to prayer."
". . . If you follow Keller into the arsenal, you will be powerfully equipped to overcome the world/flesh/Devil and see your prayers for kingdom advance answered by almighty God. And if you follow Keller to the banqueting table, you will increasingly feast on new and old treasures of awe and intimacy with your heavenly Father."
- The Gospel Coalition
Praise for Encounters with Jesus
"Kellers work belongs on the bookshelf of every serious Bible student. It is not a quick read, but, instead should be savored like fine wine, one sip at a time to glean the full impact of his life-changing message."
Praise for Timothy Keller and his books"Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him."
"Unlike most suburban megachurches, much of Redeemer is remarkably traditional. What is not traditional is Dr. Kellers skill in speaking the language of his urbane audience . . . Observing Dr. Kellers professorial pose on stage, it is easy to understand his appeal."
The New York Times
"Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians."
Christianity Today Magazine
"With intellectual, brimstone-free sermons that manage to cite Woody Allen alongside Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Keller draws some 5,000 young followers every Sunday. Church leaders see him as a model of how to evangelize urban centers across the country, and Keller has helped plant 50 gospel-based Christian churches around New York plus another 50 from San Francisco to London."
New York Magazine
"Theologically rich and philosophically informed, yet accessible and filled with practical wisdom."
Comment Magazine on Every Good Endeavor
"This book is for us all and through its reading it can change and reshape your entire outlook on your life."
Sarah Macintosh on Every Good Endeavor
"Its a great resource to equip you to speak with your secular friends; to show them why the Christian understanding of marriage is not only a tremendous blessing, its the only one that works."
ChristianPost.com on The Meaning of Marriage
"The Meaning of Marriage is incredibly rich with wisdom and insight that will leave the reader, whether single or married, feeling uplifted. While the book is filled with expertly selected biblical verses, nonreligious readers willing to try on these observations may find answers not only to the meaning of marriage but to that even bigger questionthe meaning of life itself."
The Washington Times on The Meaning of Marriage
"This is the book I give to all my friends who are serious spiritual seekers or skeptics."
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, on The Reason for God
"Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for skeptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church…[The Reason for God] should serve both as testimony to the author's encyclopedic learning and as a compelling overview of the current debate on faith for those who doubt and for those who want to reevaluate what they believe, and why."
Publishers Weekly on The Reason for God
"World has briefly reviewed about 200 books over the past year. Many stand out, but one in particular is likely to change many lives and ways of thinking. Worlds Book of the Year is Tim Kellers The Reason for God. "
Marvin Olasky on The Reason for God
Anonymous5 Stars Out Of 5Best EverNovember 23, 2015AnonymousQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I bought this for my husband and he said it's the best book he's ever read on prayer and highly recommends its solid teaching.
John5 Stars Out Of 5Tim Keller's PrayerOctober 29, 2015JohnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Best book I've ever read on prayer. Instructional and inspirational. We're doing a church-wide study.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book on prayerFebruary 23, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the best book on prayer I have read in ages. It answered my questions, provided encouragement, and gave me several models to follow. He explains his own research and experience when he wanted to deepen his prayer life.
Keller starts with the purpose of prayer. Is it communion centered, to experience the presence of God, peacefully reflect on Him and experience personal communication with Him? Or is it kingdom centered, fervently petitioning Him to bring His will to pass? Both, Keller says.
He reminds us that nothing great is easy. Prayer must be, then, one of the hardest things in the world. (24) The foundation of our prayers is important. The more we clearly grasp who God is, the more our prayer is shaped and determined accordingly. (62)
Keller explores learning to pray from the works of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin. He also takes us through the model prayer, The Lord's Prayer. He writes of meditating on the Word and then the kinds of prayer (upward, inward, outward).
I was particularly struck by Keller's discussion of a heart experience, that is, making an effort to experience God in prayer. Personally, raised as one of the frozen chosen, experience was frowned upon. Reviewing Owen on prayer, Keller writes, If doctrinal soundness is not accompanied by heart experience, it will lead eventually to nominal Christianity that is, in name only and eventually to nonbelief. (180)
I greatly appreciated his teaching on petitioning in prayer. We should discipline ourselves to connect each petition to what we know about God... such as what delights Him and what grieves Him (229). Keller explores the two purposes of petitionary prayer to put the world right ('thy kingdom come') and to align our hearts with God ('thy will be done'). (230)
There is much every Christian can gain from reading this book. Keller draws from a number of resources, both ancient and contemporary. There are nearly fifty pages of footnotes. For those who would like to study further, a Selected Annotated Bibliography on Prayer is included.
I took copious notes and here are a few of the passages that captured my interest and gave me food for thought:
Prayer is the only entry way into genuine self-knowledge. (18) Nothing but prayer will ever reveal you to yourself, because only before God can you see and become your true self. (30)
To fail to pray, then, is not to merely break some religious rule it is a failure to treat God as God. (26)
...[P]rayer is faith become audible. (70)
Prayer turns theology into experience. (80)