We all make some type of resolution during the new year whether it’s to lose weight, improve our health, or to procrastinate less at work (guilty as charged). Although those things are important, as Christians, there is nothing as important or more of a priorty then improving our relationship with God whether it is through prayer, reading the Bible, practicing holiness, or evangelizing. This will be the first of a four part series where we will be suggesting some helpful resources to improve your walk with God throughtout the year. This first post will focus on some suggested resources to look at to help you improve your prayer life:
1. The Secret Key to Heaven, Thomas Brooks;
In my personal opinion, the best book on prayer. Written by Puritan Thomas Brooks, who is also the author of “Precious Remedies to Satan’s Devices”, this book is a very thorough book on the subject of prayer yet very practical and readable. This is one of the many reasons why Thomas Brooks is a favorite among Puritan writers.
2. How To Pray, R.A. Torrey
This is a book I just finished recently and it’s become one of my favorites. R.A. Torrey, who was a contemporary of D.L. Moody, wrote a very straight forward rubber meets the road type of book which all Christians will appreciate on the subject of prayer. The version I have is part of the Moody Classic Series, and you will find out why when you read this book. The only problem I have were with the last two chapters of the book with regards to prayer and revival. In these two chapters, Torrey mentions Charles Finney who promoted the heretical view of Pelagianism. Other than that, this is a book I would highly recommend.
3. The Hidden Life of Prayer, David McIntyre
David McIntyre was a Scottish preacher who lived from 1859 to 1938 and was the successor to Andrew Bonar as minister in Finnieston. The book not only gives examples from Scripture related to prayer, but also numerous quotes related to prayer from saints of the past. The publisher for McIntyre’s book states that:
“Upon the foundation of biblical teaching, M’Intyre piles example after example of what has been helpful and effective in the prayer lives of many Christians, from Augustine to Spurgeon. The result is a handbook for prayer based both on Scripture and on the time-tested wisdom of God’s people through the centuries. Reading this book will, therefore, give you an abundance of counselors (Proverbs 11:14) to help you toward a victorious prayer life.”
The book is also available to read for free at the Monergism Books website.
4. A Call to Prayer, J.C. Ryle
This is a short treatise on prayer by J.C. Ryle. Practical and clear as are all Ryle’s writings, you should have a copy of this short work in your collection.