For those struggling to do life, who pray badly yet long to connect to with their heavenly Father.
A Praying Life is an honest look at the difficulties of prayer, unanswered prayers, and successes in prayer. Readers will appreciate Paul Miller's down-to-earth approach and practical nature. Parents will find his family-life experiences especially helpful.
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From the earliest chapters to the last, the book is full of good teaching. Miller says very little that is not immediately supported by Scripture and, even in a book that is full of stories of his family, is able to keep himself out of the limelight. This is a book foremost about God—the God who asks his people to come to him and to come with him in confidence that he hears and answers prayer. He offers constant challenges to first understand prayer properly and then to pray, knowing that God desires that his people pray.... continue reading
This book is not only a brilliant book on prayer. It's actually a brilliant book on that often-used phrase "a relationship with God". So... what does that mean in practice? How does prayer ... "work"? What about when it doesn't? How does suffering and perplexity fit into the picture? How do the Word and Spirit relate? When I sit down to "have a quiet time" what is actually supposed to happen? All these questions and more are covered in the material presented so winsomely by Paul E Miller. His content is not only Biblical but practical, written out of a lot of gritty (and hard) experience, and full (absolutely full) of wisdom. As you can see, I can't really recommend it highly enough!
When my church first advertised this book I didn't buy it, as I thought I just needed to get on with praying (rather than read a book about praying). A year later I read this book, and would say it is the best book on prayer I have read - full of insight and Biblical wisdom. I found that the "reasons why we don't pray" were just what I was thinking, although perhaps I hadn't realised it. I was surprised to find three chapters on cynicism and prayer, but they were incredibly helpful - the book would not be as good without them. Paul Miller walks the reader through how he himself prays, how he has prayed over the years, and the answers he has seen. The second half of the book has practical ideas on praying regularly for different areas of our own lives and for the lives of others. It is an encouraging and very practical book. It was actually quite hard to put down, but is also a book I return to often.
In his book 'The Praying Life' Paul Miller opens with the question asked by one of his children "What good does it do?" Probably most of us have asked the same question about prayer when faced with some of the difficult issues we face in life. Paul uses lessons he has learned from his family, which includes a daughter with autism, to help us to come to God as small children to a father and to face our doubt and cynicism. He puts prayer in the context of our life story and shows God working in the long term, maybe seeing answers many years after we first sought His help. Seeing prayer in this light helps us to realise that God has many lessons to teach us as we continue to wait and trust in Him. I found this book very readable and it opened my eyes to new ways of looking at the conundrum of prayer.