As many of you already know, the college group is working through a series of studies related to prayer. In particular, we will focus in on the prayers of Paul and Jesus in the New Testament. Here are some books which we would recommend that you read this summer in conjunction with what we’re doing on Sunday mornings.
Here’s some ideas for summer reading. Choose a book and:
- Read it on your own during your devotional time
- Get a group of guys or gals together and read it as part of a summer small group
- Start a reading club and meet once a week at a Starbucks or Caribou and talk through what you’ve been learning and reading
- Blog through a book and then send us a link so we can highlight it here on the Kerdos Blog.
The possibilities are endless so if you come up with a creative idea, share it with us and we’ll post it here to encourage others to invest in their relationship with God through Christ this summer!
A Journey to Victorious Praying: Finding Discipline and Delight in Your Prayer Life
by Bill Thrasher
Why do so many people struggle with the discipline and delight of prayer? Dr. Bill Thrasher believes we suffer from fear and a lack of understanding about the nature of prayer. In A Journey to Victorious Praying, he teaches readers that prayer is simply coming before Christ with an attitude of helplessness, opening up our needy lives to Him. Filled with practical insight, this book will give readers renewed enthusiasm for embarking on this essential journey.
Deepening Your Conversation with God: Learning to Love to Pray
by Ben Patterson
Most people love the idea of praying, but few love to pray. You can’t seem to find the time. You get distracted. You don’t think you can hear God and you wonder if He truly hears you. With “I’ve-been-there-too” reassurance, pastor and professor Ben Patterson inspires you to turn prayer from a monologue into a conversation with God. In 10 compact chapters, Patterson reveals why God covets your prayers and how to change the perception of prayer from a spiritual discipline to a much-anticipated delight.
The God Who Hears
by Bing Hunter
To pray is to know God.
“If God really cared he would answer my prayer.” “I hesitate to ask him anything.” “I can’t understand why he continues to ignore my deepest needs.” Bingham Hunter recognizes that most believers have these thoughts from time to time. He encourages us to look at prayer from the standpoint of who God is.
The true aim of prayer is intimacy with God. We pray effectively when we make him the desire of our hearts, Hunter answers our questoins about prayer by directing us to the nature and attributes of God and to our own lives. God responds not to our prayers but to who we are–what we think, feel, will and do. Prayer is communication from the whole person to the Wholeness that is the living God.
Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers
by D.A. Carson
God doesn’t demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately, says D. A. Carson. The apostle Paul found that spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father. A Call to Spiritual Reformation investigates the Epistles to see what lessons Paul taught in his “school of prayer.”
Christians today can still achieve the confidence Paul enjoyed by following his life-shaping principles and searching for a deeper devotional experience.
The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life
by Charles Spurgeon
Considered by his peers then and now as “The Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon built London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle into the world’s largest independent congregation during the nineteenth century. While many factors have been highlighted that help explain the effectiveness of Spurgeon’s preaching, the foremost secret that empowered Charles Spurgeon was his devotion to prayer.
When people would walk through the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon would take them to the basement prayer room where people were always on their knees interceding for the church. Then Spurgeon would declare, “Here is the powerhouse of this church.” That statement is backed by the amazing number of sermons that Spurgeon preaced on prayer.
Spurgeon was a great believer and teacher in passionate, Holy Spirit-directed prayer. His word pictures of the majestic throne of grace that God calls believers to be privileged to come before is well worth the price of the book alone. You will be inspired and challenged in your prayer life, especially if you experience struggles in prayer.
Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches
By Graeme Goldsworthy
- Is it really possible to talk to God?
- Does he listen to us?
- How do we know what to say?
- Will it make any difference if we pray?
Prayer is central to Christian faith and life, and such questions are fundamental. While much teaching on prayer adresses practical issues and is experience-oriented, Graeme Goldsworthy’s conviction is that good practice comes from a foundation of good biblical understanding.
In this accessible and wide-ranging study, Goldsworthy explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and our experience of being his redeemed people, as the grounds for prayer, which he defines as “talking to God.”
Using a biblical-theological approach, he examines the principles that lie behind particular texts in Scripture, and maps out the “progress” of prayer from Genesis to Revelation. He explains the basis for prayer, its role in our fellowship with God, and what is involved in Christian prayer.
Above all, Goldworthy’s desire is to encourage Christians in their praying, through a better understanding of, and reflection on, the “big story” of the whole Bible.
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
By C.S. Lewis
In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. Lewis considers practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if He is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying. The concluding letter contains provocative thoughts about “liberal Christians,” the soul, and resurrection.