Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Think Magnificently of God: A Book Review of Lord Teach Us To Pray

I was asked to do a book review of Lord Teach Us to Pray and was sent a copy of the book by Kingsely Press.  The book was written by Dr. Alexander Whyte and was first published in 1922.    Dr. Alexander Whyte (1836-1921) was widely acknowledged to be the greatest Scottish preacher of his day. He was a mighty pulpit orator who thundered against sin, awakening the consciences of his hearers, and then gently leading them to the Savior. He was also a great teacher, who would teach a class of around 500 young men after Sunday night service, instructing them in the way of the Lord more perfectly.

In the later part of Dr. Whyte’s ministry, one of his pet topics was prayer. Luke 11:1 was a favorite text and was often used in conjunction with another text as the basis for his sermons on this subject. The sermons printed here represent only a few of the many delivered. But each one is deeply instructive, powerful and convicting.  The book is a collection of his sermons.

The overriding theme of the sermons is (Luke 11:1)  "Lord, teach us to Pray" which also happens to be the name of the book.   Prayer is something that is deeply personal and different for each person.  Each of the Sermons that are in the book discusses different aspects of the life of the prayer.  The importance of prayer in the first chapter which is titled The Magnificence of Prayer and how prayer can change a person's life in very meaningful ways.     The book was intellectually stimulating and made me personally have a deeper thought process in regards to prayer and the importance of praying to God.   This book is not something I would read aloud to my boys because it was not meant for teaching children to pray.  It is not  light reading, but sometimes, I like to be challenged and intrigued in learning about such an important topic.   If you are in the mood to open yourself up to a deep and intellectual discussion in regards to prayer itself this book is perfect for you.     This book is the perfect gift for a person whom is studying to preach the words of the Lord, is currently doing so, or is someone with an interest in the deeper side of prayer. 

Read a sample chapter Here

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