Prayer is one of the most valuable privilege a christian can have. As much as it is a privilege, it is also a duty as well. However most christians are not great with their prayers. We often find our prayers light and shallow. Timothy Keller wants to help christians grow out of that.
Keller does this in five sections. In the first, he helps christian desires for God. He shows christian how important and great prayer is the christian life. He first illustrate it very cleverly by asking the readers, if you knew you have a disease, that requires you to eat a medication everyday. Would you ever miss taking this medication? Even if you’re terribly busy? I’m pretty sure none of us would ever dare miss it. But far too often, we would rather miss our daily prayer or reading of God’s word. Reading this chapter has helped me looked into the priorities of my life, and also to examine my own spirituality.
Next, Keller wants to help readers understand what prayer is, he focuses on what it means to converse with God, and how we build communion with Him while we pray. Thereafter, he lets readers learn what prayer is. Keller turns to the giants of the christian faith, drawing lessons from the writings of Augustine, Luther and Calvin. I have found this section to be enlightening and it has given me a deeper interest to read these works in full for my enrichment.
Lastly, Keller helps readers grow in their prayers, he wants readers to cultivate intimacy and awe in the midst of praying and also to grow in the struggle in prayer. He does this by teaching readers how to mediate on the bible, especially on the psalms and how to pray through what is being read.
I have been helped in the reading of this book, and also have grown in my understanding of prayer. I have enjoyed the journey and have grown to desire prayer more and to love it even more. This is recommended for any one who wants want to grow in prayer. You will be helped by what Keller can teach you.
Rating 4 / 5