My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

20 May 2005

Books on Prayer

Here’s the list of the books I’ve used to prepare for our Sunday School class on prayer:

  1. Talking to God, Wayne Spear (this has been the textbook for the class)
  2. Institutes, John Calvin (book 3, ch. 20 – great stuff!)
  3. The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer
  4. Theology of Prayer, B.M. Palmer
  5. The Works of John Owen, vol. 16
  6. Facets of Prayer, Frans Bakker
  7. Prayer: More than Words, Leroy Eims (some questionable stuff in this one)
  8. A Simple Way to Pray, Martin Luther
  9. A Guide to Prayer, Isaac Watts
  10. Prayer, John Bunyan
  11. Practical Religion, J.C. Ryle
  12. A Hunger for God, John Piper
  13. The Lord’s Prayer for Today, Derek Prime
  14. A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, Robert Reymond

There were a few others I consulted only briefly. I also can't claim to have thoroughly read all the books above, but most of them got at least a looking-over. It sure took a lot of searching to find this many good books on prayer; the greatest deficiency in the list above is the dearth of help in the practice of prayer. Very few of us need to be convinced to pray more. But most of us need a lot of help – not just in the why and what, but in the how.

3 comments:

Kurt said...

Jared,

Any reason that Charles Spurgeon, the "Prince of Preachers" was left off your list? :)

I found one of his sermons that might be helpful. He gives the "how" in a 1866 sermon (No. 700), "Order and Argument in Prayer":

http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0700.htm

There may be other sermons by him along theses lines, but I don't have time to look right now.

See you this Lord's Day.

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