Following the service, someone approached me about the sermon. She called the yearly emphasis on prayer “inspiring” and “overwhelming.” I appreciated the honesty and vulnerability. Then she asked me if I could recommend any practical resources by way of follow up that might help with making prayer as a spiritual discipline more real in her life. I did and actually lent her the book from my library.
That got me thinking today about the best books on prayer I have read and their value to me. I don’t mean to imply that other resources don’t exist that perhaps equal or even outstrip these in value. But these have meant a lot to me.
Paul Miller’s A Praying Life. The final section where he gets down to the nitty gritty about making prayer practical has numerous helpful suggestions. It was this book I spoke of above.
E. M. Bounds’ Power Through Prayer. For an inspirational resource on prayer, this can hardly be beat.
D. A. Carson’s A Call to Spiritual Reformati0n. Carson examines the prayers of the Apostle Paul as a template for praying specific, biblical prayers as a follower of Jesus.
Dick Eastman’s The Hour That Changes the World. The author explains how to spend an hour alone with God without it feeling like the time will never pass.
Andrew Murray’s With Christ in the School of Prayer. A classic. Enough said.
John Piper’s A Hunger for God. This is the best treatment on prayer and fasting I have ever read.
R. J. Short’s, The Diary of George Muller. For a biography of a praying man, this will convict and inspire.
Jason Mandryk’s Operation World. No Christian with a global heart for God and missions should be without this definitive prayer guide for the nations.
I certainly have read my share of books on prayer. Now if I will only learn actually to pray more.