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Book About Prayer: Making Our Prayers More Answerable

They always tell you, in books about prayer, to be specific. If you don't ask, you won't get, they say. But sometime when you're most specific, agonizingly specific, it seems to lead you straight into a brick wall. That malignant tumor which steadily drains your loved one of strength is horribly particular; that pink slip which arrived so unexpectedly on your desk was painfully particular; those drugs you found under your teenager's bed were shockingly particular. You've prayed long and hard about these specific problems; you've been asking for God's intervention---but the heavens seem indifferent. 

You've taken careful aim night after night on your knees until your eyes are red and blurry. Nothing seems to happen. You hear those stories of dramatic answers to prayer and you wonder, "What about me?"
You hear all the assurances, all the promises in the Bible, and you wonder, "What about me?

How did I miss out?" I am haunted by the faces of those who've been disappointed in petition.  That's why I decided to write this book about prayer. I remember the tall, big-boned physical therapist who usually found some way to talk about Christ with his patients. One day this active believer shared, in his amiable, quiet way, a private tragedy: "I just don't have much success with prayer. God doesn't seem to answer mine." I remember intense, distinguished-looking Joseph too. An earnest Christian who'd experienced several keen disappointments. Whenever he came across a story ina the family devotional book that involved some dramatic answer to prayer, he invariably cautioned his kids: "This doesn't mean God is in the habit of answering prayer like that."

Sometimes he sounded like a broken record, but he was only trying to protect his children from disappointment. Pray, yes, by all means. But just don't count on it. What happens to people who've been disappointed in prayer? Some grow bitter. Others place their faith on hold. Most struggle on in the Christian life, a little lonelier, a little less sure. The phrase "thy will be done" turns into resignation. I get the feeling that many of us keep missing the target and so, finally, decide simply to remove it. Prayer isn't about getting answers. It's about changing me, or submitting to God. But is that all there is?

Just how should we as believers relate to the petition part of prayer. Is there anything we can count on? Is there a way to make our prayers more answerable? In this book about prayer I share my belief that prayer is much less a shot in the dark than many of us have reluctantly concluded. Regularly answered prayer is the birthright of every believer, not just the gift of a few high-flying saints. Scripture indicates there are specific things we can do to make our prayers more effective. It's a skill we can develop with a little careful attention, and the right kind of practice.

Book About Prayer Introduction - We can make petitions more answerable.