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Jan5 Stars Out Of 5A Praying LifeFebruary 21, 2018JanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A simple, but deeper look at when, where, how, & why I pray. This is an easy read, but powerful! Am I praying FOR others or praying Jesus' perspective re: them? How am I like my "enemies"? What are their needs in God's eye? Am I praying for my own comfort or Godly change? It's a book that I want to read over again!
WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Biblical View of Prayer Presented in an Authentic MannerFebruary 1, 2018WickEvansville, IndianaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Recently though I was motivated to complete Paul Miller's book, A Praying Life, prior to a focused day of prayer. I desire to be more than someone who dispenses popcorn prayers, says grace before family meals, and provides nicely worded vertical requests at organized gatherings. I desire to be a prayer warrior who prays without ceasing; however, I permit so much to distract me from constantly communicating with my Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, my sick heart prefers reading and talking about prayer with other sick people instead of praising the Great Physician. Fortunately, Miller's book supplied not only sound theology but practical advice to help me better understand how I can go about better communing with my Creator.
A Praying Life consists of five sections divided into 32 compact chapters. The chapters are largely composed of personal family stories that show Miller struggles with sin like all of us. The chapters also show we have a great God who always answers prayer perfectly. We may not always like or understand God's answers, but we can trust that our Sovereign Lord knows what He is doing. I am thankful for Miller's use of Scripture throughout his book as well as the sprinkling of informative diagrams.
Miller's book is endorsed by a few authors whom I have greatly benefited from (Tim Keller, Ken Sande, and Paul David Tripp). Within the book, you will find Miller quoting a wide range of people who have different thoughts on prayer (St. Augustine, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, Nancy Pearcey, John Piper, N.T. Wright, Philip Yancey, Ravi Zacharias). Although I strongly disagree with some of the theological viewpoints of some of these people, I was not disturbed by anything I read in Miller's book. Also provided in the 280-page book are a foreword by David Powlison, a short introduction, some acknowledgments, more than six pages of notes, and advertisements for a few other resources from Miller. Below are the titles of the sections of the book.
Section 1: Learning to Pray Like a Child
Section 2: Learning to Trust Again
Section 3: Learning to Ask Your Father
Section 4: Living in Your Father's Story
Section 5: Praying in Real Life
I recommend checking out Miller's book if you are feeling spiritually dry and want to supplement your time in the Word. As a result of reading A Praying Life, I decided to use a prayer list again - a practice I stopped a few years ago. This time around I'll use my ever-changing list in hopes that it will enable me to have a more fruitful praying life. Please do not hesitate to lift me up or ask me how I am doing. I always can use the accountability.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Traci5 Stars Out Of 5A Praying LifeNovember 2, 2017TraciQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Great book about how much God loves you and that leading you into an intimate realtionship with the Father, specifcally in Prayer.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When you open a door to God, you find some amazing treasures insideJune 22, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thursday, June 22, 2017
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller, 2017
NavPress, previous edition published 2009
This will not be a quick study for me, to ponder and apply directly to my heart. There are added Notes in the back referencing chapter content.
Jesus' example teaches us that prayer is about relationship. When he prays, he is not performing a duty; he is getting close to his Father.
--A Praying Life, 35
Morning and/or evening to gather with Him ~ upon awakening or reflecting on a new day ahead. A reference to praying aloud helps me to become more aware of my need.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. ~ Psalm 143:8
As I begin journaling, I will see what He has specifically for me; to be able to look back and see progress in yielding.
Time in prayer makes you even more dependent on God because you don't have as much time to get things done. Every minute spent in prayer is one less minute where you can be doing something "productive." So the act of praying means that you have to rely more on God. (37)
Beginning five minutes; just meeting alone with Him.
Regardless of how or when you pray, if you give God the space, he will touch your soul. God knows you are exhausted, but at the same time he longs to be part of your life. A feast awaits. (39)
I love this! Prayer and Grace multiplied.
The very thing you were trying to escapeyour inabilityopens the door to prayer and then grace. (47)
I am looking forward to enJ*O*Ying application of growing deeper in God's Word. I want to know Him more.
When you open a door to God, you find some amazing treasures inside. (49)
I have mentioned parts that stood out to me. I have wanted a consistent time with God beyond touching base throughout the day. I am glad I have become aware of and connecting with this helpful instruction to learn to expand time God has already provided for me to enjoy Him and His presence.
***Thank you to the publisher for sharing this print copy with me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
LSSB5 Stars Out Of 5A Praying LifeFebruary 9, 2016LSSBQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of the best and most practically applicable books on prayer I've ever read. It's been life changing for me.
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