Author Yancey probes the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect of our relationship with God: prayer. In theory, prayer is the essential human act, a priceless point of contact between us and the God of the universe. In practice, prayer is often frustrating,... read more
“"My secret is a very simple one: I pray."”-- Mother Teresa of Calcutta
“"When I pray, coincidences happen, when I don't, they don't."”Archbishop William Temple
“When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.”Phillip Yancey
“Through prayer we stand besid eour enemies and pleadd to God on their behalf. (in the Gospels, the demon-possessed never asked Jesus for a cure; they were incapable. Iinstead, other people brought them to Jesus.)”Phillip Yancey
Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn’t act the way we want God to, and why I don’t act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.Highlighted by 395 Kindle customers
Prayer allows me to admit my failures, weaknesses, and limitations to One who responds to human vulnerability with infinite mercy.Highlighted by 361 Kindle customers
“We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us,” wrote C. S. Lewis. To put it another way, we must trust God with what God already knows.Highlighted by 349 Kindle customers
“Be still and know that I am God”: the Latin imperative for “be still” is vacate. As Simon Tugwell explains, “God invites us to take a holiday [vacation], to stop being God for a while, and let him be God.”Highlighted by 329 Kindle customers
“Prayer is not a means of removing the unknown and unpredictable elements in life, but rather a way of including the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of the grace of God in our lives.”Highlighted by 281 Kindle customers
God is already present in my life and all around me; prayer offers the chance to attend and respond to that presence.Highlighted by 266 Kindle customers
I have learned to see prayer not as my way of establishing God’s presence, rather as my way of responding to God’s presence that is a fact whether or not I can detect it.Highlighted by 261 Kindle customers
I need the corrective vision of prayer because all day long I will lose sight of God’s perspective.Highlighted by 248 Kindle customers
Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view.Highlighted by 225 Kindle customers
I begin with confession not in order to feel miserable, rather to call to mind a reality I often ignore. When I acknowledge where I stand before a perfect God, it restores the true state of the universe. Confession simply establishes the proper ground rules of creatures relating to their creator.Highlighted by 213 Kindle customers
KEEPING COMPANY WITH GOD
1. Our Deepest Longing
2. View from Above
3. Just As We Are
4. The God Who Is
5. Coming Together
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES
6. Why Pray?
7. Wrestling Match
9. What Difference Does It Make?
10. Does Prayer Change God?
11. Ask, Seek, Knock
THE LANGUAGE OF PRAYER
12. Yearning for Fluency
13. Prayer Grammar
15. The Sound of Silence
16. Unanswered Prayer: Whose Fault?
17. Unanswered Prayer: Living with the Mystery
18. Prayer and Physical Healing
19. What to Pray For
THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER
20. Prayer and Me
21. Prayer and Others
22. Prayer and God
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