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"Do NOT read this book if you want information. Read this book only if you desire a transformation. It will drive you to your knees."

                                                                                                                                          Dr. Ergun M.Caner

GOLD MEDALLION AUTHOR OF Unveiling Islam, PRESIDENT AND DEAN OF THE SEMINARY-LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND GRADUATE SCHOOL



"David Earley has written an important book that calls all of us to a higher prayer commitment. We all want to be high impact leaders...but we must remember that we will never go as high as God intends without continual, fervent prayer."

                                                                                                                            JONATHAN FALWELL

                                                                               SR. PASTOR, THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH

                          EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SPIRITUAL AFFAIRS AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

About the Author

DAVE EARLEY  is the Chairman of the Department of Pastoral Leadership and Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Liberty University. He is also the Director of the Lovett Center for Ministry Training and the Liberty Center for Church Planting of Liberty University.

He is the author of several books, including The 21 Most Effective Prayers of the Bible and The Eight Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders.

Earley founded New Life Church of Columbus, Ohio, in his basement with 12 people in 1985. The church grew to nearly 2,000 weekly attendees with 125 small groups.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Living Ink Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899570321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899570327
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard R. Blake VINE VOICE on June 30, 2008
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Dave Earley in "Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders" has identified nine prayer disciplines found in the lives of over seventy leaders, including examples from the Old and New Testaments as well as Christian leaders from the past and present.

Each chapter includes application questions, worksheets and guidelines to help the reader "focus, stretch, rekindle, and renew" their prayer life. David also includes anecdotes and quotes found in their writings and in their biographies. Biblical leaders include lessons from Gideon, Daniel, David, Peter, and Paul.

Augustine, John Bunyan, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards are classic examples of men of prayer quoted throughout the book. Henry Blackaby, Billy Graham, Jack Hayford, and Charles Swindoll are representative of the more contemporary prayer warriors included.

I found the chapter entitled "Build on the Basics" particularly beneficial. As the title suggests the many elements of prayer were included. The suggestions for "applying" make this a valuable tool to return to often while rediscovering the truth of Oswald Sanders observation, "Prayer influences men by influencing God to influence them."

Dave is articulate and a skilled communicator. I appreciated the natural flow of his writing. Whether drawing attention to an important scripture passage, a powerful quotation, or when drawing an illustration from his experience I found myself engaged in the application. The final chapter includes: prayer life lessons, a prayer life inventory, a prayer life assessment, a prayer life application, and a prayer life goal.

Dave Earley's writing conveys a genuine and intimate relationship with the Savior and a heart concern for motivating Christian leaders to "pray more fervently, more frequently, more effectively, and more contagiously than ever before." This is a book for high-impact leaders at every level of ministry and influence
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Dave Earley’s book, Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders, is the product of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, where Earley hails home and focused greatly on covering the topic of prayer. In an effort to create a book to be utilized as educational material at Liberty for generations to come, Earley strived to thoroughly research the Bible to draft his small primer. As a result, he published this ten-chapter resource that is very illuminating into his theology of prayer as a whole.
Like all other texts that are not the Bible, one must sift through the material to separate wheat from weed and determine what are nuggets of truth to be remembered and applied, and what is not worth further consideration. In Earley’s case, it is much harder to do so. One can easily quote Earley out of context to suggest that he is teaching errant doctrines. For example, on Earley’s teaching regarding influencing G-d to influence others, one could haphazardly state that Earley is advocating that prayer manipulates G-d into action. This very concept is problematic as man cannot manipulate G-d. In context, however, there is a deeper issue at hand: G-d’s sovereignty and man’s free will. In Earley’s case, Earley believes wholeheartedly in absolute free will, to the point where G-d’s sovereignty is seemingly restricted from action to allow free will to exist. Earley quotes S.D. Gordon in his book a few times, and Gordon is known for his view that G-d restricts Himself from acting on His will to allow man’s free will to exist.
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Prayer is the most commonly associated action with spiritual practice. From priests in cathedrals to monks secluded on arctic mountains, there is no more sought after, elevated, or neglected portal in our connection with the divine. As a Christian the methodology and nuance of prayer are laid out through the efforts and written practices of our Old Testament heritage. Men of power and purpose throughout the Hebrew Scriptures were men of intense prayer. Their influence and authority was the obvious product of effectual and patterned prayer lives. The very unfolding of God's intention and will were found and executed through prayer and there is no question that the truly spiritual life is the one abundant in connection and communication with God. In the New Testament prayer takes on even greater impetus. It becomes the lifeblood of decisions on leadership, mission, and strategy. It is also the initiator behind the works of the Holy Spirit and displayed glory of God. (Acts 2:42, 3:24,31, 9:40, etc.) Jesus himself was a man of prayer, giving us a pattern of constant and eve interruptive prayer, as if the mission in life wasn't carried along by great displays of power or activity but instead the Apostles are often found finding him in prayer or losing his attention on the immediate to go and find a place to pray. Dr. Early breaks down these models and patterns into disciplines that not only shaped the events of Scripture but also the great movements and work of God throughout Church History.

Dr. Early's work covers prayer from a large historical and movement specific context. Each chapter lays out a separate discipline and purpose, starting with the "Value of Prayer" and moving consecutively through eight additional practices.
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