I have often wanted to get to the point of agreeing with William James when he says “the reason why we pray is simply that we cannot help praying.” So I was quite looking forward to reading through Mr. Yancey’s findings. I was not disappointed with what I found. I have always enjoyed Mr. Yancey’s writing & honestly & find this book to be among his best.
Mr. Yancey breaks his book down into five parts,
- Keeping company with God – here Mr. Yancey speaks to the idea of spending time with God, issues of worthiness, and how prayer is a deep seeded longing in each of us.
- Unraveling the mysteries – who does prayer change, me or God? Why should we pray when God knows what we are going to say? Does it make any difference?
- The language of prayer – Mr. Yancey deals with silence, saying the “right” words and praying without ceasing.
- Prayer dilemmas – dealing with unanswered prayer, praying for healing & what even to pray for, Mr. Yancey offers some poignant answers.
- The practice of prayer – the effects of prayer on us, God & others.
This is no light-hearted book. It is thick & digs deep for truth on the subject of prayer. Mr. Yancey does not offer trite, off-the-cuff answers, but ones which I found immensely helpful in my own life & has made a difference in how I look at prayer as well as how I pray.
Mr. Yancey scourers through history finding thought on prayer from Teresa of Avila to C.S. Lewis to the pages of Scripture. I found this aspect helpful as well, not too familiar with the mystical tradition myself & seeing different lights shown on those of my tradition.
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