We all yearn for regular, meaningful communication with our Father in Heaven. And because he knows and loves us perfectly, he has provided an amazing vehicle by which we can converse with him, a means by which we can tap the deepest wellsprings of his knowledge, comfort, strength, and love.
That divine process is prayer, and it can make all the difference in our lives. As author Robert L. Millet observes, "Rewarding prayer is more than ritual an repetition. It is heartfelt, substantive, the very doorway to pure religion."
In his insightful way, Brother Millet helps us understand the true nature of prayer and its power to refine us and bind us to the Source of all blessings. From preparing for this sacred communion, to having faith that our prayers will be answered, to what to do when we don't feel like praying or when no clear answer comes, to following the admonition to pray always, we find here inspiring direction for exercising the sacred privilege of prayer.
Learning and applying the principles of effective prayer can bring to our conversations with God a new understanding and a welcome infusion of the Spirit. Brother Millet's humble testimony of these sacred interactions is a compassionate invitation to us to take full advantage of this divine gift.
Table of Contents
Did You Think to Pray?
1. Preparation for Prayer
2. The Lord's Prayer
3. In the Name of the Son
4. If God Knows All
5. Faith in Our Prayers
6. Answers to Prayer
7. When No Clear Answer Comes
8. Fasting and Prayer
9. When We Don't Feel Like Praying
10. Our Words Matter
11. Help from Those on the Other Side
12. Petitions God Delights to Honor
13. Surrender in Prayer
14. Prayer in Spirit
15. Not All Prayers Are Alike
16. Prayers of Gratitude
17. Vain Repetitions
18. Praying for Our Enemies
19. Luke's Gospel of Prayer
20. The Risen Lord Prays
21. God Speed the Right
This book made me think about the pitfalls that creep into communication with God that we are not even aware of. Prayers can so easily become "redundant" and "obligational." They can so often reflect "desires" instead of a submission to the "will of God." I am grateful for the message in this book. This book has inspired me to pray more often, and to become more sensitive to my need to submit to the will of God. It is okay to want things, and ask for help...but it is also important to understand that God knows what we truly want and NEED and will give us the nourishment that is best suited for our soul.
If I wasn't sure why to pray or if I was new to prayer, this would of been great. However, i was looking for indepth how to cary on deep conversations and have effectual prayer. Brother Millet touched a little bit on a lot of subjects.
A very inspirational book about prayer. Not necessarily an insruction book on how to have better prayers, but a powerful reminder on the importance of prayer. Millet touches on important principles that have helped him with his prayers which helps the book feel very personal. The chapters are brief, but profound. Essential for anyone who feels their prayers are lacking fervor.