The question of what prayer is and how exactly one goes about praying has been vexing Christians for centuries. For this reason, R.A. Torrey's How to Pray is as relevant now as it was when first published in 1900. This slim volume, filled with analogies, parables, and relevant Biblical passages, contains step-by-step guidelines for anyone looking to develop a closer relationship with God. Learn the ten reasons why prayer is important, the three secrets of effective praying, the seven hindrances to prayer, the seven ways to determine when to pray, and more. Clear, succinct, and written with the lay reader in mind, How to Pray is a book the devout Christian can turn to again and again. American pastor and writer REUBEN ARCHER TORREY (1856-1928) traveled worldwide, evangelizing and winning converts to Christianity. A prolific writer, his works include Baptism with the Holy Spirit (1895), What the Bible Teaches (1898), and How to Bring Them to Christ (1893).
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When the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray,” they uttered one of the deepest and most universal cries of the human heart. For men of all ages have instinctively felt that prayer is the distilled essence of religion. If we know how to pray, we know how to be religious; if not, then religion is a closed book. Where there is no effective prayer life, the heart of religion has ceased to beat and religion becomes a dead body of forms and customs and dogmas. And yet how few Christians have an effective prayer life! (And this includes many ministers.) If I were to put my finger on the greatest lack in American Christianity, I would unhesitatingly point to the need for an effective prayer life among laity and ministers. Kagawa once said to second-generation Japanese Christians on the West Coast: “Your greatest lack is that you do not know how to pray.” He saw that their Christianity was anemic and ineffective, because they had not learned the discipline of prayer. If I had one gift, and only one gift, to make to the Christian Church, I would offer the gift of prayer. For everything follows from prayer. Prayer tones up the total life. I find by actual experience I am better or worse as I pray more or less. If my prayer life sags, my whole life sags with it; if my prayer life goes up, my life as a whole goes up with it. To fail here is to fail all down the line; to succeed here is to succeed everywhere. In the prayer time the battle of the spiritual life is lost or won. Prayer is not an optional subject in the curriculum of living. It is a required subject; it is the required subject. And there is no graduation into adequate human living without prayer. Perhaps we are all more or less convinced of this viewpoint, but the “how” of prayer is the crux of the difficulty. To try to answer that word “how” is the burden of these articles. I propose to begin at the lowest rung of the ladder so that no one will feel I begin beyond him.
They Knew How to Pray invites you to study with biblical masters of prayer. They will counsel you with their cries to God, ignite your faith with their spiritual passion, and mold your heart to God's.
My first book, Jesus Christ Is My God, explains that in this world, we are not alone. Your family may abandon you, your husband or wife or boyfriend or girlfriend may forsake you, but Jesus Christ will never let you go. Even on a hospital bed, he will be there with you. My second book, Spiritual Development, is about how you can develop both spiritually and physically. The book discusses all sixteen chapters of the book of Romans, especially as it connects to your life today. The book also discusses the book of Philemon. Those two books analyse biblical passages from Jewish and Christian versions of the Holy Book. I have a keen eye for etymology and offer finely detailed explanations of many of the original Hebrew and Greek terms in the Bible. My third book, Christian Philosophy: Understanding Racial Oppression, discusses Christian philosophy and the ideology of colonisation. The book discusses many Christian issues, including creation and how this world functions, and reveals many top secrets. The book was written with my understanding of Christian philosophy in this modern time. The book does not reveal private secrets but exposes some important things. This book, How to Pray: The 12 Top Secrets of Prayer and Concentration, can help in good prayer orientation. It develops the way that we think of prayer. I discuss the prayer in terms of concentration how people can start their prayers and how the prayers should end. In todays world, many issues need to be prayed about before making decisions. Sometimes people make decisions without consulting God, and many decisions and laws fail due to this bad orientation.
This book is an account of the author's personal journey through healing and into a healing ministry. With a simple and down-to-earth style, the author demystifies the idea of healing the sick through prayer. His goal is to encourage others to use the power of prayer as a main line of defense. He explains the basic theology of healing and how to pray for yourself and others. There is also a section that discusses the times when God does not heal. Should we always expect healing? This introduction to the subject of prayer and healing balances the miraculous with the practical and draws from such well known sources a John Wimber, Francis McNutt, Smith Wigglesworth and others. Many personal stories included.
From the author of the classic Pilgrim's Progress, this devotional book will give you deeper understanding and greater freedom of expression in your personal relationship with God. Bunyan's dying words on prayer will stir the heart of readers and are only a sampling of Bunyan's insight.
Revised and expanded by the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, this classic work on the discipline of prayer is both practical and personal - a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom for new believers, seasoned Christians, and everyone in between. In this completely updated twentieth anniversary edition, pastor Ronnie Floyd invites believers to join him in better understanding effective prayer with a practical and helpful plan for how to pray. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran in prayer, this book will meet you where you are and encourage you to move to a new level in your prayer life. The book includes a new foreword from Dr. Floyd, the long-standing pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and the new president for the National Day of Prayer.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – Ephesians 6:18 Prayer. Satan laughs as he looks at the church today and says to himself, “You can have your Sunday schools and your young people’s small groups, your boys’ and girls’ programs, your vacation Bible schools, your Christian schools, your elegant churches, your retreats, your music programs, your brilliant preachers, and even your revival efforts – as long as you don’t bring the power of almighty God into them by earnest, persistent, believing, mighty prayer.” It is not necessary that the whole church prays to begin with. Great revivals always begin first in the hearts of a few men and women whom God arouses by His Spirit to believe in Him as a living God, as a God who answers prayer, and upon whose heart He lays a burden from which no rest can be found except in persistent crying unto God. May God use this book to inspire many who are currently prayerless, or nearly so, to pray earnestly. May God stir up your own heart to be one of those burdened to pray, and to pray until God answers.
This highly accessible guide explores how to start, renew and expand your prayer life. It provides an ideal companion for new Christians and those wishing to go deeper with God through prayer. Previously published as Praying through Life.
The power of prayer can heal illness and move personal mountains. How to Pray begins by discussing the benefits of prayer, including enhanced physical and spiritual health. It then explores the prayer practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, providing a clear xplanation of each religion or philosophy's approach, as well as true-life stories showing the significance of divine communication. Whether you want to learn more about prayer or you long for the comfort it provides, How to Pray will give you what you seek.