Prayer

 

Prayer

Paul's Goodreads Review

A great mix of theological and practical discussion on prayer, as Keller pulls together some of the best thoughts on prayer from Luther, Calvin, Cramner and others. Well balanced, clear, useful.
I've posted some of my favourite quotes here: http://www.quotescite.com/book/prayer
 

Quotes

Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, they way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.

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It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in circumstances.

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We can define prayer as a personal, communicative response to the knowledge of God.

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If God were only unipersonal, then love could not have appeared until after God began to create other beings. That would mean God was more fundamentally power than he was love. Love would not be as important as power.

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If the goal of prayer is a real, personal connection with God, then it is only by immersion in the language of the Bible that we will learn to pray, perhaps just as slowly as a child learns to speak

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Some prayers in the Bible are like an intimate conversation with a friend, others like an appeal to a great monarch, and other approximate a wrestling match. Why? In every case the nature of the prayer is determined by the character of God, who is at once our friend, father, lover, shepherd, and king. We must not decide how to pray based on what... View Quote


Prayer turns theology into experience. Through it we sense his presence and receive his joy, his love, his peace and confidence, and thereby we are changed in attitude, behaviour, and character.

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God often waits to give a blessing until you have prayed for it. Why? Good things that we do not ask for will usually be interpreted by our hearts as the fruit of our own wisdom and diligence. Gifts from God that are not acknowledged as such are deadly to the soul, because they thicken the illusion of self-sufficiency that leads to overconfidenc... View Quote


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