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better late than never: I told you was going to tell you my thoughts on Torrey’s How to Pray; as far as I know, I haven’t broken that promise. Our computer has been busy, what with finally getting the satellite set up and all. The positive side is that I will be able to post much faster.J
I found Torrey’s book to be especially helpful for where I am personally; but in truth, I think it is a book that would be good for any believer. And I would also recommend it for those who are not, whether they be seekers or otherwise, because the book paints a picture of the prayer privileges reserved for those who are in Christ. Torrey really focuses on the character of God, and how it relates to prayer. When we pray, we are coming into God’s presence; it is no light thing. But at the same time, God is our Father, and we are to come to him as children; we should be humble in ourselves, but bold in Christ; beggars on our own, while at the same time having the riches of Christ at our disposal.

One of the things that was the most helpful to me was his many little titbits of exhortation to self examination. Our prayer really works as a yardstick of our relationship with God. If our prayers are wandering, aimless musings aloud; or if they are selfish, and out of focus, it really shows that our minds are not centred on God.

Torrey’s book addresses a multitude of issues, such as when to prayer, Praying without ceasing, and of course, how to pray. I highly recommend his work for believers and thoughtful readers; not to say that the book is complicated, for in reality it was one of the most simplistic and short spiritual books in my limited experience. (as a side note, the book contains a little edgy theology, but only a little. Remember, it was only written in the last century.)

Here are a select few of the good quotes from the book; they‘re all taken from the latter part, because that‘s where I started underlining:

[when speaking of selfishness in prayers for revival] “We should pray for revival because we cannot endure the dishonour of God caused by the worldliness of the Church, the sins of unbelievers, and the proud unbelief of the day….. So that God may be glorified by the outpouring of His Spirit on the church of Christ.”

“If there is anything that is constantly coming up in your moments of close communion with God, that is the thing that hinders prayer. Put it away.”

“Every child of God who wants to make the most out of his life for Christ should set apart the first part of the day to meet with God in the study of His word and prayer….the secret place of prayer is the place to fight our battles and gain our victories.”

“Our whole life should be a life of prayer. We should walk in constant communion with God. There should be a constant looking upward to God. We should walk so habitually in His presence that even when we awake in the night it would be the most natural thing for us to speak to him in thanksgiving or petition.”

“Satan is perfectly willing that the Church multiply its organizations and contrive machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ if it will only give up praying.”

I should have written more, but today’s schedule wouldn’t hear of it.

 

 

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  1. #1 by amongchosenones on September 7, 2008 - 4:05 am

    “We should pray for revival because we cannot endure the dishonour of God caused by the worldliness of the Church, the sins of unbelievers, and the proud unbelief of the day….. So that God may be glorified by the outpouring of His Spirit on the church of Christ.”

    Awesome stuff! I wholeheartedly agree~!!

    “Satan is perfectly willing that the Church multiply its organizations and contrive machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ if it will only give up praying.”

    I am sending this to the ‘seeker sensitive church’ friend. It is so true for the church today. Programs with no prayer

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