- Hardcover: 277 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Printing edition (April 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414318677
- ISBN-13: 978-1414318677
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six Prayers God Always Answers Hardcover – April 25, 2008
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Some of the passages that stood out include: "we hold nothing of substance with which to bargain." (Pg. 40) When our first child died of an awful accident, there were periods of bargaining as he hung between life and death. After he died the prayers changed to questions. Why? God has never answered why. But as written on page 80, "Swapping the old question for a new one leads to revelation." We found out with Job that there were more important things to understand and questions to ask that had never before entered our consciousness. God gifted us with new and more weighty questions. And as written on page 81, " Why is important only as it informs future behavior." And on page 142, "Faith helps us to find answers beyond those we're looking for." "God supplants our original request for one that is better, deeper, more noble or profound." (Pg. 185) We have lived and experienced that truth.
In the case of Mary and Martha's loss, Lazarus' death was overturned so the analogy is not 100% our situation. For though we prayed for our son's resurrection, it did not happen. Yet I can answer your question on page 132 relating to Mary and Martha, "Was the price of their pain worth the gift of their faith?" with a resounding yes.Read more ›
Starting with a simple, but not completely formed idea, that "Prayer doesn't work. God works." we are taken on a ride through page after page of anecdotes and Bible stories that reflect different kinds of prayers we often breathe throughout our lives. I appreciated how the authors began by talking about prayer in general, its history, its language, and most importantly what prayer is and what it is not.
At the beginning, they point to illustrations of great "prayer warriors" throughout history, citing a story of two monks who made great personal sacrifice to live lives of prayer and devotion. In stating exactly the sort of thing I was hoping to read from this book, they authors related that many well-intentioned pastors tell stories like this from the pulpit in an effort inspire their people toward a deeper prayer life. In reality, since they are holding up such and exemplary, yet rare, example, they are actually turning people off from prayer. These fantastic stories of faith make the average Christ-follower feel inadequate and they decide to give up.
Graciously, the authors point out that examples of this sort emphasize style over substance. The truth is, as they relate, that prayer should be like communicating with a lover. Prayer is a conversation with God, and there is no formal presentation necessary to a prayer encounter with God.Read more ›
According to the authors, prayer doesn't work--God works, and God works when people pray. This book asks the tough questions and answers them so laymen can understand.
-Nan S., Georgia, USA
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For what it is, it's OK. I guess I expected more. What more....I don't know.Published 10 months ago by Sandy Hines
The book is in good condition. The paper cover is slightly ripped, but I believe it may have said that in the description before I ordered it. It was received in a timely manner. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Red Skeleton
Book was delivered in great condition. What I have read so far I really enjoy. I recommend reading this book.Published on November 1, 2010 by Tiwanna
Some parts of the book where interesting. The appeal of the book was a little more broader based then what I was looking for.Published on June 4, 2008 by Raven
This book meets most people in our culture right where they are...wondering about spiritual issues yet probably not regularly immersed in reading the Bible. Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by John Wingate
1. Pat answers and cliched thoughts about prayer are absent from these carefully wrought pages.
2. Boxed and ribboned thoughts about God find no page space, either.
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