I recently finished Pastor Timothy Keller’s latest book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, and wow. What a phenomenal work. It’s got a permanent place in my library, now, folks, and I highly recommend it to each of you.
As a Christian, and especially as a worship pastor, I believe prayer is of utmost importance, but I’ve always struggled with it. That’s why 2014 was the year of prayer for me. I pray everyday, but I made it a personal goal to find the prayer life God had for me.
I read two books last year that had an impact on my prayer life:
- A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul Miller
- Deeper Places: Experiencing God in the Psalms by Matthew Jacoby
I’d recommend them both to you without hesitation, but Keller’s book is the one that’s left the most lasting impression on me.
Keller provides the reader with a deeper understanding of what prayer is scripturally and historically, as well as what it is not. And he gives practical tools that focus your prayers on God, rather than your own needs and wants.
In the couple of weeks since I finished the book, I have applied Keller’s wisdom, and I’ve seen the difference. In all honesty, I’ve experienced God in my prayer time in ways that I never have before.
There’s no magic here. Keller simply points us to Scripture as our source for the power of prayer.