LORD, Teach us to Pray!
Summary: Praying is hard. This pastor truly believed this and he preached many sermons on this very plea from the disciples, 'Lord! Teach us to pray!' Oh, this book encourages, it compels, it humbles sinners to fall to their knees. There is a fervency that leaps off the page that I have seldom seen matched. He captures the imagination in so many ways; for instance when he describes the irreverent family at prayers--their creaking chairs, their yawns, coughs and sneezes...
Personal Thoughts: This book had a huge impact on me. It's certainly not boring reading! The wrestling, the pleading, the passion and the reverence so void in my own prayers goads me into learning how to put more LIFE into my prayers once again. The chapter on the costliness of prayer is especially good. Please, read it and see if you would not echo the same sentiments for it.
Quote: Both time and thought are easy, pleasant and costless compared with this, --Thy will
be done. To say "Thy will be done" when we enter our Gethsemane, --that throws us on our faces on the earth: that brings the blood to our brows. And yet at no less cost than that was God's own Son "heard in that He feared." When someone, far dearer to us than our own souls, is laid down on his death bed, to say "Not my will, but Thine be done," --at what a cost is that said in such an hour! What a heart-racking price has to be paid for that prayer! And yet, pay that price we must: pour our hearts into that prayer we must, if we are, like our Lord, to be made perfect by suffering.
And not at death beds only, but at times which I will not trust myself to put words. Times also, when a great cloud of
disappointment and darkness gathers over our life: when some great hope is forever blasted: when some great opportunity and expectation is for ever gone, and never to return. To lie down before God's feet and say, "Not my will
but Thine be done," at such times--at what a cost is that said and done! And to say it without bitterness, or gloom, or envy, or ill will at any one: and to go on to the end of our lonely and desolate life, full of love and service to God and man, --at such a sight as that, God says, "This is my Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased! Come up hither. Inherit
the kingdom prepared for thee before the foundation of the world!"