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About the Author

A powerful preacher, R.A. Torrey was the first superintendent of the Moody Bible Institute, pastor of the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles, and dean of the Bible Institute in Los Angeles (now Biola University). He served as the editor of The Fundamentals, a landmark series that explains the basics of the Christian faith.
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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602067937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602067936
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While many people are writing books on prayer and revival, R.A. Torrey's (1856-1928) book written in 1924 is still the classic handbook on prayer that gets answers. At two points, Torrey "harps on" about personal morality. This put me off at first. But I came to see that the strength of his argument is entirely drawn from Scripture. Not that playing cards or ballroom dancing necessarily ruins our prayer life. But lack of personal holiness does. And this was the main point I think I took from The Power of Prayer. If we would pray and expect "to receive the very thing we ask from God," we must please God with a holy, uncompromised lifestyle. God's promise to do "whatever we ask" is not unconditionally and not for just anyone! Jesus says, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish..." [Jn 15:7]

The finest chapters were Chapters 9 "Hindrances to Prayer" and 10 "Prevailing Prayer and Real Revival." In "Hindrances to Prayer" he lists 6 categories: I. Wrong motives in prayer (usually to glorify ourselves), II. Sins in the heart or life (which we deal with by "judging" them), III. Idols in the heart (e.g. our wives or careers), IV. An unforgiving spirit, V. Stinginess in giving (which received the longest treatment), and VII. Mistreating ones spouse. This last is based on 1 Peter 3:7, which says, "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." He applies it to men who abuse and harangue their wives as well as women who nag their husbands or even let themselves become frumpy.
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I'm not one to read a lot of christian books, but this one is excellent. The book basically restores your faith and teaches you how to pray and live. R.A. Torrey paints the picture plain enough to understand and apply it to your everyday lifestyle. Through the pages of this book I have become a better christian, believer, and follower. In addition, I wouldn't say that this is a book you can read in one day, it's definately a book that you read and meditate on because of so much vital information. In closing, this book should be in everyones library, young and old.

God Bless~
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Many post-modern readers will likely find The Power of Prayer old-fashioned, simplistic, and maybe even starchy, but also biblical. For Torrey, power in prayer is inextricably linked to holiness of life. He repeatedly says, "We must study the Word of God every day of our lives to find out what the will of God is, and then whenever we find it, do it every time."

The Power of Prayer is fundamentally a primer on prayer but also a celebration of prayers answered. Torrey draws heavily from his personal experience and from the Bible to teach Christians how to pray. If there was ever a time to dust off this classic book on prayer it is now.
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This is the most amazing book on this topic that I have ever seen. To me it was a revelation and has answered so many of the things I wondered about when praying. My prayer life has changed completely.
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