Without a doubt, I know the incredible and amazing power of prayer. I’ve witnessed it and have felt it, yet it’s still something I can always/need to deepen in my life. Anyone else out there like that? Well, recently my best friend got this for me and there were so many excellent pieces of wisdom, I had to share this one with y’all!
“Christians aren’t superior, but our Savior is. He makes the difference. He is alive and well in His church.”
Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance.
Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.
Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful.
Full of wisdom and examples from his own life, Miller isn’t afraid to share his heart, his and his family’s story, his mistakes and life lessons. As the book describes, this book is very much down-to-earth and revealed some helpful points and encouragement.
“Oddly enough, many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God.”
The book was also encouraging because I don’t have the perfect prayers and that’s okay with Jesus.
“God also cheers when we come to Him with our wobbling, unsteady prayers. Jesus does not say, “Come to me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose mind no longer wander, and I will you rest.” No, Jesus opens his arms to his needy children.”
“So instead of being paralyzed by who you are, begin with who you are. That’s how the gospel works. God begins with you. It’s a little scary because you are so messed up.”
There were some convicting statements too. Sometimes you need a nudge and gentle reminder to get things back in focus right? Like this gem:
If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life. You’ll always be a little too tired, a little too busy. But if, like Jesus, you realize you can’t do life on your own, then no matter how busy, no matter how tired you are, you’ll find time to pray.
Time in prayer makes you even more dependent on God because you don’t have as much time to get things done. Every minute spent in prayer is one less minute where you can be doing something “productive.”
If we think we can do life on our own, we will not take prayer seriously.
I could fill this post with plenty of more quotes, but I’ll just say this book was an excellent resource and I know I’ll be coming back to it in the coming years. This book also shared excellent reminders about God’s timeline and how His answers are sometimes vastly different than ours, but far more than we could have imagined. One example Miller used was a prayer him and his wife prayed for 5 years. After those 5 years, it was incredible to see the why, the how and the goodness of the Lord.
Promise this is the last quote because it was something that had me thinking about for awhile: “Sometimes when we say “God is silent,” what’s really going on is that He hasn’t told the story the way we wanted it told. He will be silent when we want Him to fill in the blanks of the story we are creating. But with His own stories, the ones we live in, He is seldom silent.” Good stuff!
What have been some encouraging things about prayer you’ve recently learned?