Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

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Zondervan, Sep 9, 2008 - Religion - 368 pages

Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat of our relationship with God: prayer. What is prayer? Does it change God's mind or ours or both? This book is an invitation to communicate with God the Father who invites us into an eternal partnership through prayer.

Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer's day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery.

Writing as a fellow pilgrim, bestselling author Philip Yancey probes such questions as:

  • Is God listening?
  • Why should God care about me?
  • If God knows everything, what's the point of prayer?
  • Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent?
  • Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away?
  • How can I make prayer more satisfying?

In this powerful read, Yancey tackles the tough questions and, in the process, comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic.

"I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty," he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.

 

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User Review  - WaterMillChurch - LibraryThing

The most important, encouraging thought I take from reading this book is that prayer is coming into the presence of God. Keep it honest, keep it simple, keep it up. God already knows our true feelings. He can handle our anger, frustrations, sadness, joy, confusion, excitement, etc. Read full review

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

Excellent - this covers just about every possible aspect of praying. A little heavy in places - I could only read a few pages at a time, so it took me some weeks to get through it. But very thorough ... Read full review

Contents

Keeping Company with
9
Our Deepest Longing
11
View from Above
18
Just As We Are
30
The God Who Is
45
Coming Together
56
Unraveling the Mysteries
71
Why Pray?
73
Ask Seek Knock
145
The Language of Prayer
155
Yearning for Fluency
157
Prayer Grammar
170
TongueTied
184
The Sound of Silence
198
Prayer and Physical Healing
248
Prayer and Me
285

Wrestling Match
89
Partnership
101
What Difference Does It Make?
115
Does Prayer Change God?
131
Prayer and Others
301
Prayer Resources
337
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Philip Yancey has written twelve Gold Medallion Award–winning books and won two ECPA Book of the Year awards for What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew. Four of his books have sold over one million copies. He lives with his wife in Colorado. Learn more at philipyancey.com

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