March 4, 2010

A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller

This book is so good, so poignant, so challenging, so real. You need to get your hands on it! You will not be wasting your time if you read this book. I'm a handful of chapters from finishing, so my book will be available for borrowing really soon. Any takers?!

A couple of comments:
1. It's helped me to understand why I think the way I do, as a result of living post Enlightenment. And why prayer sometimes seems so strangely disconnected from the rest of life.

2. It's given me new energy for prayer and praying for specific things, because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He hears and answers the prayers of His people!

One warning:
You will change, too, if you involve yourself in communion with the God of the universe (who loves you too much to let you stay the same!)

A paragraph I read today, at the end of his first chapter about setting up some kind of system for keeping track of what you're praying for:

"Prayer is asking God to incarnate, to get dirty in your life. Yes, the eternal God scrubs floors. For sure we know he washes feet. So take Jesus at his word. Ask him. Tell him what you want. Get dirty. Write out your prayer requests; don't mindlessly drift through life on the American narcotic of busyness. If you try to seize the day, the day will eventually break you. Seize the corner of his garment and don't let go until he blesses you. He will reshape the day." p. 233

May we today begin to seize the corner of His garment, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride with our great, loving, mighty God!

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