Review: A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The best book on prayer I can remember reading.
The first part is the strongest, on dealing with challenges to prayer. Our cynicism, busyness, distractions, need to be in control or to feel useful.
Helpful contrast between two ditches of asking selfishly (demanding) and not asking at all out of cynicism (despair) or super-spirituality (thinking it's irreverent to ask - false humility). Instead we are to ask with faith that surrenders to God.
Prayer is not constant, structured speech, as public prayer leads us to believe. Individual prayer is a mixed time of asking God for things we think we want, thinking through those wants before God, laying ourselves and others before Him, and searching Scripture as the Spirit leads us.
Praying is not disconnected from life, but part of the story.
This book is very good for the soul.
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