Friday, June 22, 2007

RESORUCE ~ Does Prayer make Any Difference?


Once again, Philip Yancey tackles a question asked by every serious Christian; a question every prayer leader must answer: Does praying make any difference?

While the book has a start-to-finish order, it has the ability to serve as a resource book for pastors and prayer ministry lead
  • Drop in on chapter six to think through "Why Pray?" (just one of the many basic and even perplexing issues about prayer)
  • ...Or read "Prayer for a Prodigal" (one of the many sidebar testimonies sprinkled throughout the book useful as corporate prayer starters)
  • ...Or study "Checklist for Healing" (one of the many chapter segments that can serve as the basis for a teaching)
The book is divided into three segments which focus on the ultimate purpose of praying, the mysteries of prayer, and "the language of God."

Since prayer is an act of wrestling, we ought to do some wrestling when it comes to having a deeper undersatnding of the what and why of praying.

Philip Yancey Wrestles with the Mystery of Prayer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 5, 2006 – In his most powerful book since What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat – the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing and deeply rewarding aspect – of our relationship with God: prayer. What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work?

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, confusing and fraught with mystery. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? is an exploration of the mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate. Wrestling with the topic, Yancey explores such questions as:

• Is God listening?
• Why should God care about me?
• If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer?
• Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent and capricious?
• Why does God seem sometimes close and sometimes far away?
• How can I make prayer more satisfying?

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? offers readers compelling insights about the topic of prayer, comparable to the helpful, life-changing messages of his bestsellers. Yancey will embark on a 15-city tour.

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