It has been close to a month since my study group finished going through Prayer by Tim Keller. Of all the books on prayer I have read this one is close to being one of the best. While not the best it is near the top. This book consists of five parts and 15 chapters taking up over 260+ pages.
Throughout the book Keller reminds us that prayer is a two way conversation between us and God, and that God will primarily use Scripture to speak to us. Before we even get into the first chapter I have a handful of highlights. One that is worth sharing is “ Prayer, then, is both awe and intimacy, struggle and reality. These will not happen every time we pray, but each should be a major component of our prayer over the course of our lives.”(pg 5.)
Chapter one is the necessity of prayer, while chapter two is the greatness of prayer, Keller points out “it is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes their circumstances.”(p.20) Why is it that modern Christianity has fallen prey to this type of prayer where we almost always ask God to change circumstances and not seek out the will of God for the situation? If you want to know who you truly are look to your private prayer life. “The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life.”(p.23)
Throughout this book there are a ton of great quotes I could lob at you. I just wanted to share a few to whet your whistle a little bit and get your interest in the book peaked. If you are looking for a how-to manual this is not the book for you. However if you are looking for a book to get into the history of prayer, the importance of it, and a few techniques then check this book out. I will say I love most of Keller’s works and this one is no different. It is rather scholastic in the approach, if you are looking for something a little easier to read and still get a lot from check out A Praying Life by Paul Miller.