Saturday, August 15, 2015

Review: With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

Synopsis: Similar to his work in Abide in Christ, Pastor Andrew Murray uses 31 chapters in With Christ in the School of Prayer to help readers learn how to change their lives and their relationships with Jesus Christ through the power of prayer. Ideal for readers whose patience or faith has been tried, this guidebook teaches Christians not only how to connect with their Lord, but the true reasons it’s important to do so. Because of its assertion that prayer is a way of communing with God, rather than a chore or a trick to win favor, With Christ in the School of Prayer remains a valued classic for all Christian bookshelves.(from the online description)

Review: As far as books on prayer go, this is one of the most excellent. I read it slowly, trying to absorb the lessons. I found his sentence structure a bit odd at times, and often had to read the words to grasp his meaning. At the same time, this isn't a vague, fluffy book. Murray is clear, concise, direct, and not given to niceties. He tells it straight.
He covers many aspects of prayer - how to pray correctly, what to pray for, why prayer does or doesn't work, and the purpose of prayer in our life.
In particular, I found the chapter "The Boldness of God's Friends" to be the most interesting. To equate the story to the idea that we are to be bold before God in asking for the needs of our friends - that has helped me when praying for my friends and family.
My favorite quote; Obedience and Faith are two parts of the same Act: Surrender to God and His Will (p171)
This is a classic book on a subject much spoken off but not often practiced by modern Christians. This is worth the time to read for anyone who wants to know God more.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-88368-106-4
Date Finished: 8-2-2015
Pages: 238

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