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A Call to Prayer Paperback – July, 2002
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Yet he goes beyond the question to the meat of the issue giving strong arguments for why prayer, the most neglected duty in religion according to Ryle, is so necessary for the spiritual well-being of an individual. Once he has made his point, and made it well, Ryle turns his attention to how a person should pray. This work of prayer, according to Ryle, is so often neglected because it is such an arduous task cutting against the flesh and standing (or kneeing in this case) in direct opposition and defiance of Satan himself. Ryle encourages the Christian to pray with reverence and humility, spiritually, as a regular part of their business of life, with all perseverance, in earnestness, in faith, with boldness, with fullness, on behalf of others, with thankfulness and with watchfulness over one's prayers. He writes this to state his position on the importance of prayer: "Tell me what a man's prayers are, and I will soon tell you the state of his soul. Prayer is the spiritual pulse."
I am gaining in my appreciation for the works of J.C. Ryle - wonderfully written, challenging, yet encouraging to the heart of a true follower of Christ. Here is a man that walked with the Lord in humility and with passion and reading his works must be Timothy getting a letter from Paul. I would highly recommend A Call to Prayer to anyone wanting to know why to pray or how to pray.
To consider how we in the new covenant have direct access to God is overwhelming and humbling. Men of old could have only dreamed of such access but we have the privilege and we must take advantage of it. To be allowed to speak with the living God of the Universe is beyond comprehension and to recognize my negligence in my communing with Him is heartbreaking.
Ryle has greatly encouraged and challenged my prayer life and communion with my God. I know I do not pray like men in the Bible or great men in church history butit is my hearts desire to pray in this way. I want to know the Godhead intimately and prayer is the means to the throne of grace. It is necessary that I give more time to prayer knowing that prayer is one of the means of grace God has blessed those whom he has
adopted with. Ryle has encouraged me to pray with reverence, humility, perseverance and earnestness, in faith, in boldness, on behalf of others, with thankfulness, and watchfulness.
Do you want to know why people pray? Read this book.
Do you want to know how to pray? Read this book.
Do you want to have a renewed passion to be a person of prayer? Read this book.
Do you think you are a true person of prayer? Read this book.
I cannot recommend it highly enough, but it bears saying: this book encouraged and challenged and convicted me of my own failures in the personal practice of prayer. Whether you do not pray at all or pray for hours each day or fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, this book is for you.
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This book is very helpful and showed the need for every believer to have a secret prayer life. This is a must read for every Christian who is desiring a deeper understanding of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rodney
Great book packed with useful information and not difficult to read.
Very convicting but very true.
So very helpful and encouraging to get inspiration to talk to the Lord. Love reading it. So glad it is another great book in my kindle.Published 5 months ago by mary ann motes
Didnt realize it was a printing of a sermon so was redundant in placesPublished 6 months ago by Jrvjt
Though this is a short booklet the wisdom found therein is priceless. If you're interested at all in expanding your thoughts on prayer then you should most certainly get this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael C
This book is well written and is a clear and powerful reminder to God's people to not only PRAY, but to PERSEVERE IN PRAYER! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann