The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: A Review

The Prayer That Turns The World Upside Down by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

This latest title from Dr. Mohler on the Lord’s prayer is one of his best books to date. The material behind this book grew out of a series of chapel messages that Dr. Mohler delivered when I was a student at SBTS. He later adapted that material into a teaching series for Ligonier Ministries. Now his insight into the Lord’s prayer has been turned into a book that I am certain all readers will profit from.

In th first chapter of this book Dr. Mohler addresses the nature of prayer and how prayer serves as an accurate reflection of what we really believe about God. Mohler makes very clear what prayer is not setting aside subbiblical and unbiblical understandings of prayer. The second chapter addresses Jesus’s preliminary teaching on prayer with a focus on the absolute necessity of prayer in the believer’s life. In the following chapters Mohler addresses each part of the Lord’s prayer showing how each petition should shape our prayer life.

While there are many books on prayer out there many of them depart from Scripture as the basis for understanding prayer. Dr. Mohler’s book is a throughly biblical resource that I highly commend.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Review of Pray about Everything

Pray about Everything is a classic under a new title. This work was previously published by Day One under the title Teach them to Pray.  This is one of the best resources to guide pastors in placing an emphasis upon prayer in the life of the church.

Chapters one and two address the importance of constant regular prayer for regular everyday believers. Chapters 3 through 9 provide reflections on important passages involving prayer. The appendices which is worth the price of the book provide valuable resources to help pastors cultivate prayer in every aspect of the church’s life from the pulpit to small group gatherings.

I would recommend this book to every pastor I know. If we’re honest with ourselves one thing that most churches struggle with is placing a proper emphasis on prayer. As it is many churches have a prayer meeting where prayer, real prayer rarely happens. I firmly believe that the church will never rise above the prayer life of its members and if this is true it would explain much of the decline facing many churches as we seem to have lost focus on our dependence upon God. I hope that other pastors will read this book and be inspired to place a renewed emphasis on prayer in their churches.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review

Review: Calling on the Name of the Lord

In Calling on the Name of the Lord J. Gary Millar undertakes the monumental task of putting forward a biblical theology of prayer. What sets Millar’s work apart from other books that seek to develop a biblical theology of prayer is his focus on both testaments. Many book either focus on one biblical aspect for example Carson in his work Spiritual Reformation draws specifically from the prayers of Paul contained in his epistles.

Divided into nine chapters this work begins with the developing understanding of prayer found in the Pentateuch pointing out the nature of prayer being rooted in the promises God had made with His people. Each chapter addresses a different section of the Bible all the way to Revelation. The chapter on Psalms is particularly helpful in addressing important interpretive issues and in arguing that there is an overarching message to the Psalter. Many are tempted to view works like this as being a purely academic interest, Millar however in his afterword demonstrates the vital importance of recovering a biblical understanding of prayer.

This book serves as a challenge to the current prayerlessness of contemporary evangelicalism. What strikes me most about Millar’s work is the fact that many people in the church don’t have the biblical categories or scope of prayer that those who have gone before us have. Many people when they pray they are not calling on the name of the Lord in the framework of being in a covenant relationship and calling on Him to fulfill what He was promised to us His people.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher for providing this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html

Review of Praying the Bible

In Praying the Bible Dr. Donald Whitney has again provided an important tool in developing a vital spiritual life. Having had Dr. Whitney during my time at SBTS I was already familiar with much of the material found in this book.

Dr. Whitney focuses in on the great challenge most Christians face in their prayer life, the issue of praying the same old prayers about the same old things. As he shows many Christians pray the same exact prayer all the time, which does nothing to promote real praying. Whitney shows the value in using the Bible in prayer, which is praying Scripture. After making his case for praying Scriptures he goes down to the practicalities of how to pray the different genres found in the Bible and addresses how to use this method in both private and corporate settings.

This is a much needed book and should find its place on every pastor’s bookshelf. If you struggle with having a meaningful prayer life and find that your prayers have all the life of an answering machine recording pick up this book and read it with the Bible by your side. I have benefited greatly from this book as I have from all of the author’s previous writings and teaching.