May 13, Georgie rated it liked it It is a fine book explaining prayer and its uses. There are certainly some gems from Hallesby about the importance of our conversation with God. However much of the book I found to be repetitive and had information about prayer that can be be easily learnt by practice for the "seasoned believer". That being said I am quite intuitive and have reflected on these things before, so for the logical thinker needing a spreadsheet explaining every detail of prayer, then this book is for them. Other It is a fine book explaining prayer and its uses.
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Helplessness is the real secret and the impelling power of prayer. The story of your life will be the story of prayer and answers to prayer. Then something will happen when you pray.
He knocks and seeks admittance, not only in the solemn hours of secret prayer. He knocks in the midst of your daily work, your daily struggles, your daily grind. That is when you need Him most. It is not necessary for us to constrain Him by our prayers to take an interest in us. It means to be so watchful at all times that we can notice when we become slothful in prayer and that we go to the Spirit of prayer to have this remedied.
In this struggle, too, the decisive factor is the Spirit of prayer. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence. The air which our souls need also envelops all of us at all times and on all sides.
God is round about us in Christ on every hand, with his many sided and all-sufficient grace. All we need to do is to open our hearts. Then our hearts are at rest both while we pray and after we have prayed. Then we can wait for the Lord. We can come into His presence and rest our weary souls in quiet contemplation of Him. Our groanings, which cannot be uttered, rise to Him and tell Him better than words how dependent we are upon Him.
When I give thanks, my thoughts still circle around myself to some extent. But in praise my soul ascends to self-forgetting adoration, seeing and praising only the majesty and power of God, His grace and redemption.
Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.
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