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"The intelligent child of God must be driven to say, 'I must pray, pray, pray.  I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer.  Whatever else I do, I must pray.'"

Stunning and forthright, R.A. Torrey's "little book on prayer" is a reflection of the writer who once had it said about him, "One wonders if there has ever lived a man who did so many things well for Christ."

Torrey succinctly deals with the key elements of life-changing prayer, such as praying in the Spirit, abiding in Christ, obstacles to prayer, the best times to pray, seeking revival through prayer, and more.  Torrey outlines a practical strategy for living life in conversation with God.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Reuben Archer Torrey (1856-1928) was a congregational evangelist, teacher, and author. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and educated in Yale University and Divinity School. After a period of skepticism he trusted in Jesus Christ as his Savior. Soon after he pastored in Ohio and then in Minnesota. In 1889 Dwight L. Moody called Torrey to Chicago to become the superintendent of the school which became known as the Moody Bible Institute. He also served as pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church, now the Moody Memorial Church, for twelve years. Between 1902 and1906 Torrey and Charles Alexander conducted a very fruitful evangelistic outreach in Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Britain, Germany, Canada, and the USA. From 1912-1924 Torrey was dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles during which he pastored the Church of the Open Door. His remaining years involved holding Bible conferences, teaching at the Moody Bible Institute, and other endeavors.
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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CruGuru (August 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1920265198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1920265199
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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I have read many books on prayer but this one stands out head and shoulders above all others. Though it was written at such a different time in history, it is just as relevant today. What R.A. Torrey does in this book is much more than teach dry methods. Rather, he imparts to the reader the true spirit of prayer and how vital it is in practicality to our lives on a daily basis. A MUST for any believer serious about having a true, intimate relationship with their "Abba Father."
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Torrey's title is, in my mind, somewhat misleading, but don't let this stop you from reading this invaluable book. There is no handbook on how to pray, really, nor can there be as true prayer is personal and relational. Still, How to Pray offers words on what prayer is, what it can do, and why we sometimes fail, both personally and corporately. "You have not because you ask not" says Torrey repeatedly. He expounds on this simple truth inspirationally and practically. This book should be read by anyone serious about prayer.
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Flat out, there aren't many good, solid books on prayer. This is one of them. I gave it four stars for two reasons. First, what it covers, it covers extremely well. Torrey is an acknowledged master from generations gone by. Second, for some reason, he leaves out a few aspects of prayer that should have been included (like praying for things that seem already promised to us--WHY that's important).

I would recommend this book along with only 2 others. "With Christ in the School of Prayer" (Murray) is another standard work that will deliver the goods. And if you like the way Torrey organizes his lessons, you will probably like an author of this generation (who must have read Torrey!) who wrote "God, Help Me Pray!". This book (though almost impossible to find) reads a bit more contemporary, and could be the modern standard on prayer.

I would not be without Torrey, but the newer books cover everything he does and then some. The latter book is also quite practical, if you like that sort of thing.
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This book is going on my top ten list of recommended reading for young believers. Torrey explains in easy to understand language the principles of effective prayer laid out in the scriptures. A must-read for anyone desiring to improve upon their prayer life!
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This is an awesome book! I've given copies to several friends. While reading at a coffee shop one day, I thought "I can't wait to get home and pray like this!" This book focuses on God and aligning your heart with His will, not simply getting what you want. A short and easy read, but it efficiently makes an impact.
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"How to Pray" by RA Torrey was an excellent resource that has helped clarify my prayer life. I'm still unsure that I have a complete understanding of prayer but feel I'm, "getting there." I also gave a copy to a friend from church whom I believe will benefit from it. The book really made me think - I had to reevaluate my prayer life.

Sincerely,
Charles (Chuck) Stanley
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I did not fully realize the great depth and magnitude of the power of prayer before reading this book. The act of prayer goes beyond a dinner time grace-like prayer to God. It demands a totally uninterrupted seeking of God outside of a few shallow words followed by amen. This teaching tool on 'How to Pray' has certainly opened my eyes to what it means to pray fervently (with prayer and supplications) and more frequently even without a set organized time for prayer. As I complete this book, we are in the third and final week of a 21 Day Consecration through my church where we are seeking God for various reasons during this set time. Many of us in the church have bought this book as a guide to prayer and to learn just what it means to seek God diligently in season and out of season as some have put it. After the praying and fasting days are completed, we can still continue with the same mind set for praying especially for the lost. There is no limit on the amount of time you can spend before the Lord on behalf of others as well as for yourself. 'How to Pray' is a wonderful prayer guide, Godly inspired and is timeless!!!
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How To Pray by R. A. Torrey is one the best books I have read on prayer. It is a must read for people who want to experience a deeper meaning and understanding of bible based prayer.
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