While I don’t expect that I’ll be quite as ambitious as the year progresses, I am excited to have already finished my first book on my 2011 reading list! R.A. Torrey’s How to Pray was a short but powerful read.
Although I’ve been a Christian for many years, I long to have a prayer life like so many of the saints of old. Torrey shared some principles that encouraged me in this area.
As my husband and I do, we have taught our daughters to end their prayers in Jesus’ name. I think that this often becomes a habit and is done without understanding its significance. I appreciated this reminder on what it means to pray in the name of Christ.
“It is like going to the bank of Heaven when I go to God in prayer. I have nothing deposited there….if I go in my own name I will get absolutely nothing; but Jesus Christ has unlimited credit in Heaven, and He has granted to me the privilege of going to the bank with His name on my checks; and when I thus go, my prayers will be honored to any extent.”
However, I think the greatest thought I took away from Torrey’s book was this: “The true purpose in prayer is that God may be glorified in the answer.” If I am praying for something with selfish purposes or false motives, it is highly likely that my prayer will not be answered. In every request I make, my main desire should be that – no matter how God chooses to answer – He will be glorified.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse that relates to prayer? Have you read a book on prayer that encouraged you or strengthened your prayer life?