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"The intelligent child of God must be driven to say, 'I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray.'" Stunning and forthright, R.A. Torrey's "little book on prayer" is a reflection of the writer who once had it said about him, "One wonders if there has ever lived a man who did so many things well for Christ. "The intelligent child of God must be driven to say, 'I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray.'" Stunning and forthright, R.A. Torrey's "little book on prayer" is a reflection of the writer who once had it said about him, "One wonders if there has ever lived a man who did so many things well for Christ." Torrey deals with the key elements of life-changing prayer, such as praying in the Spirit, abiding in Christ, obstacles to prayer, the best times to pray, seeking revival through prayer, and more. Torrey outlines a practical strategy for living life in conversation with God. Moody Classics Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. Learning from those who have walked the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King. To this end, Moody Publishers is honored to introduce the first six volumes in what is to be an ongoing series of spiritual classics. Selected for their enduring influence and timeless perspective, these new editions promise to shape the lives of spiritual pilgrims for generations to come.


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"The intelligent child of God must be driven to say, 'I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray.'" Stunning and forthright, R.A. Torrey's "little book on prayer" is a reflection of the writer who once had it said about him, "One wonders if there has ever lived a man who did so many things well for Christ. "The intelligent child of God must be driven to say, 'I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray.'" Stunning and forthright, R.A. Torrey's "little book on prayer" is a reflection of the writer who once had it said about him, "One wonders if there has ever lived a man who did so many things well for Christ." Torrey deals with the key elements of life-changing prayer, such as praying in the Spirit, abiding in Christ, obstacles to prayer, the best times to pray, seeking revival through prayer, and more. Torrey outlines a practical strategy for living life in conversation with God. Moody Classics Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. Learning from those who have walked the path and fought the fight brings wisdom and strengthens resolve. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King. To this end, Moody Publishers is honored to introduce the first six volumes in what is to be an ongoing series of spiritual classics. Selected for their enduring influence and timeless perspective, these new editions promise to shape the lives of spiritual pilgrims for generations to come.

30 review for How to Pray (Moody Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yibbie

    Why don’t Christians pray more? Why don’t we see more results? Does it matter ‘how we pray’? Torrey searched the Scriptures and found the answers to those questions, and yes, it does matter ‘how we pray’. He opens with one of the best-known commands to pray; “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:18) As Torrey shows us, every phrase in that verse has a meaning and a purpose, and Why don’t Christians pray more? Why don’t we see more results? Does it matter ‘how we pray’? Torrey searched the Scriptures and found the answers to those questions, and yes, it does matter ‘how we pray’. He opens with one of the best-known commands to pray; “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:18) As Torrey shows us, every phrase in that verse has a meaning and a purpose, and he uses Scripture to help us understand what they are. A large part of this book is given to correcting misconceptions and false teachings about prayer, but he goes about that by explaining what the Bible really teaches about it. For example, he teaches about the true meaning of ‘praying in the Spirit’, ‘ask in my name’, ‘according to His will’, and many others. I have found so much mysticism in books about prayer that the strong biblical teaching in this little volume was incredibly refreshing. Not only was I convicted to pray more, and more biblically, but also to read and study God’s Word more, to repent of sin in my life, and to search diligently for God’s will and not my own. Then I was encouraged by the promises. God has not changed. He still hears when His people call. He still answers prayers. He still guides us. His power is still great. These are all God’ promises to His obedient children; how comforting they are. Please let me recommend this book to you. It has so much to teach us.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Walle

    This is a wonderful teaching on how the believer must pray. R.A. Torrey uses a great book to explain how, that being The Holy Bible. The most important concept is that we must pray constantly and with furver in order to get what we desire. God says "You don't ask so you don't recieve." I recommend this book to all. This is a wonderful teaching on how the believer must pray. R.A. Torrey uses a great book to explain how, that being The Holy Bible. The most important concept is that we must pray constantly and with furver in order to get what we desire. God says "You don't ask so you don't recieve." I recommend this book to all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    4.5⭐ Great little book on the purpose, importance, and plan for powerful prayer! It definitely convicted me and made me think.

  4. 5 out of 5

    B.J. Richardson

    Last year I read a couple different contemporary books on prayer and they honestly did not seem all that relevant. Intercessory Prayer was a reread and an excellent look at the theology of prayer and I would recommend it for that. But at no point in the book did I feel the need to put the book down and apply what I was learning. The others were just plain weird. So in December, I pulled into my kindle a series of books on prayer that I wanted to tackle in January. These were all classical works Last year I read a couple different contemporary books on prayer and they honestly did not seem all that relevant. Intercessory Prayer was a reread and an excellent look at the theology of prayer and I would recommend it for that. But at no point in the book did I feel the need to put the book down and apply what I was learning. The others were just plain weird. So in December, I pulled into my kindle a series of books on prayer that I wanted to tackle in January. These were all classical works by tried and true authors. The first of these was With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. It was en excellent work on the topic of the likes you simply do not see in our era. The second book I read is this one. Wow. Torrey first wrote this gem right around the turn of the century about a hundred twenty years ago. Even still, this book has a prose as well as a practicality that makes it very relevant today. Far more than most of your contemporary works on the subject. I would highly recommend this book to someone who wants to be inspired and challenged into a deeper life of prayer. Some highlights: "Jesus spent much of His time and strength in prayer, and a man or woman who does not spend much time in prayer cannot properly be called a follower of Jesus Christ." "One night of prayer will save us from many nights of insomnia. Time spent in prayer is not wasted, but is time invested at much interest." "Many people call it submission to the will of God when God does not grant them their request the first or second time that they ask, and they say, “Well, perhaps it is not God’s will.” In general, this is not submission, but spiritual laziness." "Our whole life should be a life of prayer. We should walk in constant communion with God. Our souls should be constantly looking up to God. We should walk so habitually in His presence that even when we wake up in the night, it would be the most natural thing in the world for us to speak to God in thanksgiving or in petition." "The great cry of our day is work, work, work – new organizations, new methods, new systems. The great need of our day is prayer."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I must admit that I was a bit puzzled by this book.  When I read a book on prayer (something that happens fairly often, actually [1]), I have certain expectations about what sort of material will be in it.  Some people focus on prayer as a means to power, others look at prayer in a biblical or historical context, or look at various disciplines related to prayer.  This book, though, looks at praye [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I must admit that I was a bit puzzled by this book.  When I read a book on prayer (something that happens fairly often, actually [1]), I have certain expectations about what sort of material will be in it.  Some people focus on prayer as a means to power, others look at prayer in a biblical or historical context, or look at various disciplines related to prayer.  This book, though, looks at prayer from a standpoint that is fairly narrow and focused and somewhat odd, and that is the specific interest in revival.  As far as authors go, this one is pretty tough-minded, using the obvious lack of revival as a way of criticizing the reading audience, and in particular taking to task pastors for not having a genuine desire for revival because it would be personally inconvenient for them.  I must admit I don't like the attitude to be found in this book, but if one is looking for a fierce book about a church in drift, this book is certainly a timely one. The contents of this book are short at a bit more than 100 pages, but they are definitely fierce.  The author begins with a discussion of the importance of prayer (1) and the need to pray to God and not to ourselves (2).  After that the author discusses the need to accompany one's prayer with a life of obedience (3) and to pray in the name of Jesus and according to His will and not our own (4).  After that, there is a discussion of praying in the Spirit (5) and praying without fainting (6).  The author then talks about the need to abide with Christ (7) as well as the need to pray with thanksgiving to cultivate an attitude of gratitude (8).  There are discussions about the hindrances to prayer (9) as well as some advice on when to pray (10).  The author then concludes this short book with a discussion of the need for a general revival (11), something that is no less true today, as well as the place of prayer before and during revivals (12), something which assumes that revivals are going to be present among a godly and healing congregation or area.  After this there is a short biography of the author provided by the editor. Sometimes one can learn a great deal from a book that one can respect without necessarily liking.  Admittedly, praying for a revival is something that I would do differently than an author.  That is because in my own perspective our nation and civilization have never believed or behaved in accordance with God's laws and the example of Jesus Christ, not even in the best eras or societies of history.  In the author's mindset, there were periods in the past that were ideal that the author would want to see again in terms of faithfulness that needs to come back.  Likewise, I think this book would have been a lot better had the author turned his concern at himself and not merely at others.  More than most readers, I think, I tend to be rather sensitive to matters of framing and perspective, and people who have a lot of spleen to vent without showing any hint of self-criticism do not come off well, even among people with whom there would be a lot of agreement.  That said, this is a book that is easy to respect and appreciate even if its tone is not the one that I think would be best suited to accomplishing its purposes of encouraging a widespread repentant attitude and a turning to God in prayer. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2018... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2018... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Young

    I keep re-reading this book (that's not the cover, but I can't find the IVP publication listed) in the hope that it will help me improve my prayer life. It has not done so, as far as I can tell. A significant part of the material is devoted to why we should pray, and I know all of this. There is also a fair amount about when we should pray, and that becomes problematic--because a couple of times the Bible that Jesus got up early to pray in the morning, the author concludes that everyone should al I keep re-reading this book (that's not the cover, but I can't find the IVP publication listed) in the hope that it will help me improve my prayer life. It has not done so, as far as I can tell. A significant part of the material is devoted to why we should pray, and I know all of this. There is also a fair amount about when we should pray, and that becomes problematic--because a couple of times the Bible that Jesus got up early to pray in the morning, the author concludes that everyone should always pray early in the morning; but the similar statements that Jesus stayed up all night praying means only that sometimes we might want to do this. Also, the observation that Jesus prayed before the major events in his life doesn't much help if we have no way of knowing when such disasters will occur--He could anticipate His arrest, trial, and execution, but for most of us anything even remotely like that comes unexpectedly. He talks about how important prayer is for revival. In this, I find something of the same problem I found years ago with the Change the World School of Prayer--in their case, it was that everyone ought always to be praying mostly about evangelism, and in Torrey's case it is general revival, that is, a sweeping move of God throughout the region or possibly the world. These are great things, but I want to know how to pray in a way that will impact my family and friends as well as my own life, in visible and powerful ways. Knowing that during times of revival there will be some people who are swept into an overwhelming need to pray for the world is useful knowledge if I ever happen to be in the midst of such a revival (and indeed, the more so if I find myself to be one of these individuals), but it tells me little of how to become such a prayer warrior. I came to a conclusion this time, though, that the problem is not particularly with the book but with the concept of teaching someone to pray by writing about prayer. Prayer is fundamentally a social activity--not social in the sense of group prayer, but social in the sense that a conversation is social, a relationship is social. Learning how to pray is something like learning how to have a meaningful conversation with your father or your daughter--it can only really be learned by doing it, struggling through the pitfalls and hopefully emerging with a better understanding of how to communicate, not so much generally or to the masses, but to this individual. You can only really learn how to pray by praying, and praying more, and by getting past worrying about whether you will see "results" from your prayers so much as whether you are communicating with God. That's something that would be very difficult to communicate in a book--although the book I just got might suggest otherwise, from all reports. We shall see.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    We were studying this book in Sunday School before the pandemic hit. I decided to finish it on my own. I may have read this before, not sure. Years ago I read some books on prayer. After a few I decided I should just get down on my knees and do it. I do enjoy reading a classic which is so pertinent to our day. And getting a perspective on the theology of prayer is good. I can't say the book gave me a formula for getting myself firmly planted in the discipline of prayer, but I am praying a lot mor We were studying this book in Sunday School before the pandemic hit. I decided to finish it on my own. I may have read this before, not sure. Years ago I read some books on prayer. After a few I decided I should just get down on my knees and do it. I do enjoy reading a classic which is so pertinent to our day. And getting a perspective on the theology of prayer is good. I can't say the book gave me a formula for getting myself firmly planted in the discipline of prayer, but I am praying a lot more since reading it. That's probably not true... the formula is to get up hours before one's day begins and spend much time in prayer, which I have never done. Prayer is should have a much more important place in my activities than I ever give it. Something to work on for the rest of my life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for this book. There are many excellent chapters and points made by Torrey, but he's also got a few issues that would keep me from recommending this book as a go-to for prayer in general. I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for this book. There are many excellent chapters and points made by Torrey, but he's also got a few issues that would keep me from recommending this book as a go-to for prayer in general.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

    A book read numerous times and heavily underlined. Despite its small size and ease of reading, this is one of the most succinct and comprehensive books on prayer in my library. I return to it time and again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dana Rongione

    A Compelling and Convicting Read When I told someone I was reading this book, their response was, “Well, it must be a short book. After all, to pray means you just start talking.” And that, my friends, is why so many Christians lack power in prayer. While I don’t believe prayer should be over-complicated, if it were really as simple as “just start talking,” why would the Bible have so much to say about it? Why would Jesus have discussed how, when, and for what to pray? Fortunately, Torrey had a mo A Compelling and Convicting Read When I told someone I was reading this book, their response was, “Well, it must be a short book. After all, to pray means you just start talking.” And that, my friends, is why so many Christians lack power in prayer. While I don’t believe prayer should be over-complicated, if it were really as simple as “just start talking,” why would the Bible have so much to say about it? Why would Jesus have discussed how, when, and for what to pray? Fortunately, Torrey had a more insightful view of prayer than the person who made the flippant comment. He breaks down the hows and whys of prayer and helps the reader understand things that could be hindering our prayers or prayer lives in general. His writing is clear and concise while eye-opening. I feel I have a better understanding of prayer now than I have ever had in my life, and I’ve been a believer for nearly forty years. If you’re struggling with your prayer life, feel your prayers aren’t getting through, or fear your petitions aren’t making a difference, I urge you to read this book. You won’t be sorry!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dionne

    An amazing gem on how to pray. I was able to glean many insights. While I don't think that Torrey or others from his time in history emphasize grace enough, I still got a lot out of it. An amazing gem on how to pray. I was able to glean many insights. While I don't think that Torrey or others from his time in history emphasize grace enough, I still got a lot out of it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Barrington

    An easy read that goes through all the aspects of prayer. A very useful book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Perpetual Felicities

    This Little book on prayer was life changing. Torrey was succinct, inspiring, and unapologetic. There are no excuses for not living a prayer filled life. The whole book feels like an urgent plea for help. Torrey was asking his generation, no begging, them to fill their lives with prayer. Again and again he pointed out the importance of pairing prayer with reading the word of God. Even in sections such as having confidence in prayer and being able to ask God for requests, he always brought it bac This Little book on prayer was life changing. Torrey was succinct, inspiring, and unapologetic. There are no excuses for not living a prayer filled life. The whole book feels like an urgent plea for help. Torrey was asking his generation, no begging, them to fill their lives with prayer. Again and again he pointed out the importance of pairing prayer with reading the word of God. Even in sections such as having confidence in prayer and being able to ask God for requests, he always brought it back to the Word. You cannot do these things unless you are following the will of God and you can only follow the will of God if you are immersed in his word. And yet he believed in the absolute power of prayer. The power not to change God's mind, but to be part of what God is doing. Word of caution: This book was written in the late 1800s. Society has changed quite a bit. He mentions a couple of times his very negative views of dancing, theaters, and drinking. I personally have a more modern outlook on entertainment. But I think it is convicting not that we should necessarily give up those things, but we should constantly be checking how much we are consumed by those things. And he didn't even have social media in his day! Don't even get me started on how much time I can easily waste on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. Those things aren't necessarily bad and of the devil, But they often take the place of prayer in my life. I should always be checking and balancing how I am spending my free time. Audience: This book is a bit old-fashioned. I feel like it's still understandable to the average person, but there are a few words that are a little archaic. I even had to look up "surfeiting". I think he's still understandable to the modern reader but possibly not as inspiring to some as he will be to others. If you know you don't like old things, this book is probably not for you. Setting: This could totally work for a small group. A group could read anywhere from 1 to 3 chapters a week depending on how much time they wanted to spend with it. The chapters are short and succinct and the book is small. There are also a lot of opportunities for discussion and prayer time inspired by each chapter. I read the Moody classics version by Moody publishers And there were a few reflection questions at the end of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hawkins

    A great book about prayer. He really inspires prayer, but I think E.M. Bounds is a tad more inspirational. Torrey's book is more about the subject of prayer, while Bounds just convicts and draws one to pray. Torrey does this too, but he is more organized and writing about the subject itself. For example, in the first chapter, "The Importance of Prayer", he lays out 10 great reasons why one should pray. I will list them because they were so helpful: 1) there is a devil; 2) it is God's appointed wa A great book about prayer. He really inspires prayer, but I think E.M. Bounds is a tad more inspirational. Torrey's book is more about the subject of prayer, while Bounds just convicts and draws one to pray. Torrey does this too, but he is more organized and writing about the subject itself. For example, in the first chapter, "The Importance of Prayer", he lays out 10 great reasons why one should pray. I will list them because they were so helpful: 1) there is a devil; 2) it is God's appointed way for obtaining things; 3) the apostles regarded prayer as the most important business of their lives; 4) it had a very prominent place in Jesus's life; 5) it is the most important part of Jesus's present ministry; 6) it is the way God has appointed that we receive mercy and grace; 7) it is the way Jesus appointed for his disciples to receive joy; 8) it is the way God has appointed for us to receive peace from anxiety; 9) it is the way Christ has appointed for us not to become overwhelmed by the cares of this life; 10) it accomplishes much. The rest of the book details out important things about prayer. He talks about how we need to realize we are coming into God's presence before and when we pray (48). He talks about the need of using the Bible and abiding in Christ. And more. He also towards the end lists hindrances to prayer, which were beneficial to watch out for. Then he ends with two chapters showing how we need revival and how prayer has always been what brings about true revivals. Overall, a great read on prayer. It stirred me to pray over and over. I would, however, prefer E.M. Bounds.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Murlee

    I am not sure where the author was going with this. I felt the author was a preachers who is very judgmental. The author felt the best thing to do is to pray 24/7. Some people have the gift for that, but majority of people do not. The author looked down on people who want to live their life, but still have an intimate relationship with GOD. I doubt GOD looks down upon me for going to the movies, for reading books that has nothing to do with religion, or for even making friends with people who do I am not sure where the author was going with this. I felt the author was a preachers who is very judgmental. The author felt the best thing to do is to pray 24/7. Some people have the gift for that, but majority of people do not. The author looked down on people who want to live their life, but still have an intimate relationship with GOD. I doubt GOD looks down upon me for going to the movies, for reading books that has nothing to do with religion, or for even making friends with people who do not believe the Christian principal of life. The book put me off in many ways. I felt I was being scolded for wanting to be me. This book is a great example of how to turn people off from getting to know GOD. I have been fasting and praying for years. I know the 4 p's of prayer; Praise, Purify, Pray and Praise. I picked this book up to see if I can learn something knew to add to my prayer life, but this book took me in a different direction. The author also briefly discussed other none Christian ways; such as metaphysical life styles that people choose to learn about the supernatural. I do not agree with condemning other people for not looking at life through a Christian point of view. Everyone has a reason for doing what they do and judging them will not bring them closer to GOD. The author does not give the reader ways to pray, or even the true deeper meaning of prayer. There was no list/ guidelines to teach the reader how to pray. There was no encouragement on the benefits of prayer, but just the fear of you need to pray and pray this prayer if you never prayed before.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kez

    While this book had some good principles to share on occasion, it perhaps should have been titled, "How to manipulate God to get stuff from him." There is no mention in this book of prayer or its purpose being anything other than to ask for things... most of them earthly. There is no mention of prayer with God being about relationship with God. No mention of prayer being a way to get God himself. No mention of prayer being a way to worship God and praise Him for who He is... for his glorious maj While this book had some good principles to share on occasion, it perhaps should have been titled, "How to manipulate God to get stuff from him." There is no mention in this book of prayer or its purpose being anything other than to ask for things... most of them earthly. There is no mention of prayer with God being about relationship with God. No mention of prayer being a way to get God himself. No mention of prayer being a way to worship God and praise Him for who He is... for his glorious majesty and goodness. No mention of prayer being a means to change us to be more like his son. Instead it looks at prayer seemingly as a means to twist God's arm to get what you want. It pays lip-service to not being legalistic about prayer, but goes on to describe all the things you must do and mustn't do (including no dancing or theatre or the like) if your prayers are to be answered. And this book claims your prayers absolutely will be answered if you can just tick all the right boxes. And if they haven't been answered, then you haven't managed to root out the hidden sins in your life enough or given enough money to the church, etc. This book is not about grace or a God who hears the cries of desperate sinners not based on our own merit, but on the merit of Jesus Christ and him crucified. This is a book about prayer as a means to get things and not much beyond that. A disappointing and limiting look at prayer in my opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Grace

    Concise chapters and approachable language on prayer. Though Torrey writes over a century ago, his book is still very significant. How to Pray seems like a small book you can speed through, but I found it helpful to contemplate each chapter for a time before continuing. noteworthy thoughts from Torrey: -prayer brings power into our work -go into the presence of God in prayer - silence, surrender, rest -pray according to promises of the Word -the Spirit leads us to pray "according to His will" -pray w Concise chapters and approachable language on prayer. Though Torrey writes over a century ago, his book is still very significant. How to Pray seems like a small book you can speed through, but I found it helpful to contemplate each chapter for a time before continuing. noteworthy thoughts from Torrey: -prayer brings power into our work -go into the presence of God in prayer - silence, surrender, rest -pray according to promises of the Word -the Spirit leads us to pray "according to His will" -pray with faith that He will answer -be persistent in prayer - there is no shame in praying for something for a long time -be in the Word -things that can hinder prayer: selfishness, sin, idols, an unforgiving heart, doubt -pray often, because Jesus did -often we pray insincerely because we do not want it to cost us

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynnette

    This Little book on prayer was life changing. Torrey was succinct, inspiring, and unapologetic. There are no excuses for not living a prayer filled life. The whole book feels like an urgent plea for help. Torrey was asking his generation, no begging, them to fill their lives with prayer. Again and again he pointed out the importance of pairing prayer with reading the word of God. Even in sections such as having confidence in prayer and being able to ask God for requests, he always brought it bac This Little book on prayer was life changing. Torrey was succinct, inspiring, and unapologetic. There are no excuses for not living a prayer filled life. The whole book feels like an urgent plea for help. Torrey was asking his generation, no begging, them to fill their lives with prayer. Again and again he pointed out the importance of pairing prayer with reading the word of God. Even in sections such as having confidence in prayer and being able to ask God for requests, he always brought it back to the Word. You cannot do these things unless you are following the will of God and you can only follow the will of God if you are immersed in his word. And yet he believed in the absolute power of prayer. The power not to change God's mind, but to be part of what God is doing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robin Necci

    This was a great book! I found lots of things I will refer back to in this book because it is so thought-provoking with so many things to take into consideration as you pray. I found that we tend to pray selfishly for things we want or things for us...that is not the case at all! I am learning how to be more focused in my prayers that they might be what the Lord would find praise, honor, and glory from and not what I think is needed. I learned that when we don't have our prayers answered it is b This was a great book! I found lots of things I will refer back to in this book because it is so thought-provoking with so many things to take into consideration as you pray. I found that we tend to pray selfishly for things we want or things for us...that is not the case at all! I am learning how to be more focused in my prayers that they might be what the Lord would find praise, honor, and glory from and not what I think is needed. I learned that when we don't have our prayers answered it is because we do not ask properly. When we ask properly, our prayers are answered. I feel like my prayers were answered in such a surprising way in reading this book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Read

    Sound Christian Teaching I really liked this book. It was a no-nonsense insight into the problems Christians face when they are struggling with their prayer life or feel that prayers remain unanswered. It explores how it is the person who is failing when things don't work out and not God, as the world would have us believe. It gives an insight into how a person has to have the right attitude and intention and explores what the barriers are to unanswered prayer in a matter-of-fact way without any Sound Christian Teaching I really liked this book. It was a no-nonsense insight into the problems Christians face when they are struggling with their prayer life or feel that prayers remain unanswered. It explores how it is the person who is failing when things don't work out and not God, as the world would have us believe. It gives an insight into how a person has to have the right attitude and intention and explores what the barriers are to unanswered prayer in a matter-of-fact way without any sugar-coating. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their prayer life or learn how to begin or review the real reasons for praying.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Estefanía Flores

    The author is quite legalistic for my taste, he calls himself an orthodox preacher. He writes a lot of things like: if you do A and then B, you'll have C... which we all know that's not how life on earth works like. However, I know this was written a little bit more than a century ago. I guess this should explain why he says dancing and going to the theatre are some sinful practices. I have to say, though, that this book contains some valuable pieces of inspiration to lead a more fervent prayer The author is quite legalistic for my taste, he calls himself an orthodox preacher. He writes a lot of things like: if you do A and then B, you'll have C... which we all know that's not how life on earth works like. However, I know this was written a little bit more than a century ago. I guess this should explain why he says dancing and going to the theatre are some sinful practices. I have to say, though, that this book contains some valuable pieces of inspiration to lead a more fervent prayer life. This is something I want to become, a prayer person. The author also offers advice and some insight based on relevant verses. I really liked that.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Sims Foster

    Illuminating & Inspiring I must admit, I saw myself amongst those whose prayer lives have been replaced by tv, anxiety, stress, computer... basically self-soothing. I'm inspired to pursue a life of prayer, fasting and studying the Word of God with discipline and passion. Reading this book illuminated the fact that the pilot light had blown out on pursuing my purpose in life, which is to win souls for the Kingdom by shining a light on the darkness that lures us away from receiving the Gift of SALV Illuminating & Inspiring I must admit, I saw myself amongst those whose prayer lives have been replaced by tv, anxiety, stress, computer... basically self-soothing. I'm inspired to pursue a life of prayer, fasting and studying the Word of God with discipline and passion. Reading this book illuminated the fact that the pilot light had blown out on pursuing my purpose in life, which is to win souls for the Kingdom by shining a light on the darkness that lures us away from receiving the Gift of SALVATION.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Will Bassett

    I had never read Torrey before this, but I’m thankful that I now have! What an excellent book on prayer. I have read a lot on this subject and this has now risen to my number one recommendation to give out to anyone who is wanting to learn and grow in prayer. (Also the RHP classic edition is only a £1, but many and hand them out!) It’s a short book but it’s broad and deep, while being simple and practical. Next to EM Bounds ‘Power through prayer’ I think it has become my joint first favourite volu I had never read Torrey before this, but I’m thankful that I now have! What an excellent book on prayer. I have read a lot on this subject and this has now risen to my number one recommendation to give out to anyone who is wanting to learn and grow in prayer. (Also the RHP classic edition is only a £1, but many and hand them out!) It’s a short book but it’s broad and deep, while being simple and practical. Next to EM Bounds ‘Power through prayer’ I think it has become my joint first favourite volume on the subject.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book is clearly dated, and Mr. Torrey can be a bit too formulaic with faith in my opinion. However, it is theologically sound, and despite the dated references to the "horrendous" sins of "going to dances" and "visiting the theater", it is still a good read. I has a lot of food for thought, and some very good points to bring to the table. You just have to wade through the old-fashioned wording to get there. This book is clearly dated, and Mr. Torrey can be a bit too formulaic with faith in my opinion. However, it is theologically sound, and despite the dated references to the "horrendous" sins of "going to dances" and "visiting the theater", it is still a good read. I has a lot of food for thought, and some very good points to bring to the table. You just have to wade through the old-fashioned wording to get there.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Drake Johnston

    Blunt and Truthful This is the first I have read the author. He communicates in a forthright way... not sugar-coating anything. He reminds me a bit of Tozer. Or maybe even Andrew Murray (whom I love reading,) but Torrey has a much more grumpy-old-man kind of way. This is worth a read for everyone - even if you don’t agree with all or like his style, there are truths in here about prayer which should resonate.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Grant Campbell

    God is the same yesterday, today, and in the future. It is a shame that most people today have no understanding of how to pray. I sought the past to find out how to pray, and the libraries are filled with examples of how to get close to God that is not taught today. Get closer to God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), your spiritual walk will bear fruits the like of which only your imagination can concieve, but your God really does love you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    JennanneJ

    A good book about prayer - still very applicable. The author only dated himself mostly when disparaging "the theater" (where I suppose now we would refer to Hollywood or media or something) and when he suddenly started going on and on about "revival" (not a concept we talk about much these days). "Most of us know only little streams of mercy and grace, when we could know rivers of God’s mercy and grace overflowing their banks!" A good book about prayer - still very applicable. The author only dated himself mostly when disparaging "the theater" (where I suppose now we would refer to Hollywood or media or something) and when he suddenly started going on and on about "revival" (not a concept we talk about much these days). "Most of us know only little streams of mercy and grace, when we could know rivers of God’s mercy and grace overflowing their banks!"

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maitland Gray

    Prayer is something I know is important yet I often fail to do it. Sadly, I think that statement is true for most in our culture today. R.A. Torrey pleads the importance of prayer in our lives, and he shows just how attainable a life of prayer is. Bring yourself before God. Listen and be ready to respond as he leads. "The one who expects God to do as he asks Him must on his part do whatever God bids him." Prayer is something I know is important yet I often fail to do it. Sadly, I think that statement is true for most in our culture today. R.A. Torrey pleads the importance of prayer in our lives, and he shows just how attainable a life of prayer is. Bring yourself before God. Listen and be ready to respond as he leads. "The one who expects God to do as he asks Him must on his part do whatever God bids him."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rita Mustaine

    Simple, honest and Open After many years as a students t whose teaching GS were based on theology, I thought I could never be touched by the beautiful simplicity of this book. I am at a major crossroad in !my life both major life changes and serious surgeries. Felt spirit guided to have ordered this book. Thank you

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laban Schmidt

    If you have an interest in prayer or really if you are a Christian, you need to read this book. R A Torrey talks about hindrances to prayer being answered, praying Scripture, and the effects of prayer. Definitely a must read!! But have a soft heart!!! He will step on your toes!!! He doesn’t shy away from throwing some punches, which is needed in today’s world.

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