A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
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Miller, Paul

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Publisher's Description

Let's face it, prayer is hard! In fact, prayer is so hard that most of us simply do not pray unless an illness or a public setting, such as saying grace at a meal, demands it. prayerlesness is rooted in a core unbelief that can shape our lives, even as christians. Because of prayerlessness, our lives are often marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy.

If prayerlessness marks your life more often than not, then this book is for you. Basing the text on the popular PrayerLife seminar, which has encouraged thousands of Christians to vibrant prayer life. Paul Miller writes to the heart of the matter. This is, indeed, the book for any Christian who wants to know the joy and power of a vibrant prayer life.

Read the Foreword by David Powlison

About the Author

Paul Miller is director of seeJesus.net, a discipling mission that develops interactive Bible studies. The PrayerLife Study and Seminar, which form the basis for the book A Praying Life, is the second curriculum released by seeJesus.net. The first curriculum, called The Person of Jesus Study, centers on what Jesus is like as a person and is equally effective with both Christians and non-Christians. Paul’s book Love Walked Among Us is based on The Person of Jesus Study and, similarly, is written for both Christians and non-Christians. Paul also teaches seminars that train people to lead the study with friends and neighbors.

Book Details

279 Pages
Publisher: NavPress
Publication Date: April 2009
ISBN 10: 1600063004
ISBN 13: 9781600063008

“Prayer is meant to be the conversation where your life and your God meet. Paul Miller understands that. A Praying Life aims to help you join him in living out that understanding… A Praying Life will bring a living, vibrant reality to your prayers. Take it to heart.”
- David Powlison, Counselor and Faculty member, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation; author, Speaking Truth in Love

“This is as fine a book on prayer that you will ever read, but it is so much more. It is the story of our struggle to actually live like we believe that our Heavenly father really does love us. If we did, nothing could keep us from being committed to the day by day hard work of prayer. Paul exegetes our struggle in a way that is convicting, insight giving and encouraging. This is a book on prayer that actually makes you want to pray!”
- Paul David Tripp

“Paul Miller refuses to separate the spiritual life from the rest of our daily living. In A Praying Life, he shows the difference that constant communication with Christ makes in the everyday experiences of life, especially the life of the family. Reading this book will help you make prayer a more important part of your own life story by integrating prayer into the daily routines of life.”
- Dr. Philip Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church

A Praying Life is a deeply moving testimony to God's power in prayer. Paul Miller shares his life and biblical wisdom to instill in us, his readers, a "heart that becomes a factory of prayer" - that is, a passion to speak to God honestly and in a way that will change our life and the lives of others for whom we pray.”
- Tremper Longman III

“In my library, I have perhaps twenty different volumes on prayer, but none has so captured my heart or propelled me into fresh communion with our Father as much as A Praying Life. Finally, a book that applies the radical implications of the gospel of God's grace to prayer! With childlike wonder, sage-like wisdom, and heartfelt candor, Paul shows us that to pray is to see Jesus more clearly and meet him more regularly in every single aspect and moment of the day. Thanks, my friend, for calling me back to what really matters.”
- Scotty Smith, Pastor for Worship, Preaching and Teaching, Christ Community Church

“Charles Spurgeon wrote, 'Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work.' Paul Miller's superb book calls us back to this 'greater work,' reminding us of the joy we find in our Lord's presence and equipping us with practical insight on how to recapture the intimacy and power of A Praying Life.”
- Ken Sande, President, Peacemaker Ministries

“Many books on prayer simply make you feel guilty about your prayer life. Here is a book that has the potential to actually improve your prayer life. I found it helpful.”
- Paul Kooistra, PhD, Director, Mission to the World

“Prayer, the concept and the practice, exposes our core doubts and desperation for God. Most books on prayer leave me addled or angry—this is not a domain for cowards who ignore the simplicity of prayer or manipulators who provide a surefire methodology for making our desires happen. Paul Miller captures the promise of prayer as a gift that connects us to the heart of the Father and as a path for transforming the world. Paul Miller's honest struggle with living a life full of prayer and his childlike delight in hearing the heart of God invites us to gratitude and calls us to speak boldly to our God. This book will be like having the breath of God at your back. Let it lift you to new hope.”
- Dan Allender

“What a refreshing book! If you're tired of religious prayer games and rote prayers that stop at the ceiling or if you have suspected that God was on vacation somewhere, this book will change your life. And if you're thinking about giving up on prayer, don't! At least not until you've read this book. When you have, you'll thank me for recommending it to you.”
- Steve Brown, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary