Prayer has ratings and 53 reviews. Cynthia said: O. Hallesby wrote a masterful treatise on prayer. I have a whole ceiling to floor bookshelf devoted. Here is a great list of quotes and sayings from Ole Hallesby. Nor is it our prayer which moves Jesus to come in to us. All He needs is access. He enters in of. In a book geared toward people that struggle in their personal prayer life, the author aims to clear readers’ minds about their need for prayer and strengthen their.
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Jul 23, Cynthia Vogel rated it it was amazing. Hallesby wrote a masterful treatise on prayer. I have a whole ceiling to floor bookshelf devoted almost entirely to books on prayer. And yet it is a topic that never ceases to thrill me. I learn something new in almost every book, which shows us that prayer is a deep, highly individual O.
I learn something new in almost every book, which shows us that prayer is a deep, highly individual topic hallfsby one can never claim to fully understand or to perfectly carry out the prayers of a warrior.
Hallesby writes in a highly readable conversational tone And yes he is gracious and formal at the same time in the manner of books in the manner of Andrew Murray and the like. There is a section following the text of the book which would be useful either as a study group or simply for a deeper understanding of the teachings included in the book.
Even though I just finished the book, I feel compelled hallesb piok it up again for a second read-through. I think what I will do is to review my highlights on my Kindle which I had marked. This book is well worth your time.
It is a classic not from age but from valuable content. When I read a book on prayer of this kilter, I progress slowly in the readidng because it makes me eager to pray So it is always a tossup. Sep 11, Hobart rated it really liked it Shelves: This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
I heard of the book briefly on an episode of Christ the Center this su This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
I heard of the book briefly on an episode of Christ the Center this summer, and then they devoted an entire episode to it later — I was halfway through the book when that second episode was posted, thankfully, they didn’t say anything that spoiled the ending. If not for those podcast episodes, I probably would’ve gone my whole life without ever hearing of this book.
That would’ve been a shame. He doesn’t set out to write a comprehensive book on the subject, or a systematized theology of prayer, but to present “a few simple rules for the benefit of souls who are fainting at prayer.
Hallesby describes two things that make up the attitude of prayer — helplessness and faith. Faith that Jesus can and will answer our prayers and a realization that we are helpless and need him to even pray. What he writes about helplessness is worth the price of the book alone. I think it’s changed the way I pray already.
I would quote a bit of it here — and I started to, but I wasn’t sure where I’d stop. So let me just encourage you to grab the book. I also really appreciated his discussion of how we “think we must help God to fulfill our prayer,” by giving Him lists of suggestions for how to and times when He can answer us.
Instead, we are to faithfully pour out our need to Him, and then trust that He will answer as He sees best. I’d really never thought of it in those terms but we really can end up trying to tell God ahllesby best way to go about helping us — which flies in the face of our admitted helplessness in a given situation.
Hallesby covers the work of hallwsby, the struggles we may have in it, hallesbj suggestions for how to learn to pray better, as well as giving some answers to common questions about prayer that seem to be the same questions I hear others having almost years after this book was written, probably questions believers had years before that, too.
Throughout the book, you get a strong sense of a pastoral heart behind the words prater advice, peayer makes it all much easier to heed. It’s not a perfect book by any means — most of my problems have to do with the fact that I’m not a Lutheran, nor a Pietist. For example, his definition of prayer involves letting God help us, or his aversion to prayeg prayers that one has many allies in my own tradition, so it is more of a note than anything.
More substantial concerns are his utter lack of reference to — much less use of — the Psalms or the Lord’s Prayer. A book on prayer that doesn’t even touch on those is mind-boggling. None of these concerns or quibbles detract too much from the book — and they’re certainly outweighed by the help the book gives.
Pound-for-pound, the best book on the subject I’ve read. Easy to read, encouraging, convicting and insightful. May 13, Georgie rated it praeyr 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 conce It is a fine book explaining prayer and its uses. Other concerns I had was that it is a very wordy book and many chapters sound like a persuasive speech. Book Four certainly has these characteristics, as a result Nallesby found myself speed reading and only flicking through.
A positive is Prajer Six – The Misuse of Prayer, which was the first chapter I read, clearly and briefly challenges the reader praydr understand the heart of prayer and our attitudes about prayer.
For me, it was the most informative read of the book. Despite being published by Augsburg Fortress, there was nothing too heterodox in the writing, apart from the occasional emotional language.
It is not a terrible read, wordy but easy to read and certainly full of hope and love, I just did not gain much from it. This was recommended by my pastor and I’ve had it for a number of months. I better go give it back now.
Jul 06, mpsiple rated it liked it. Really great on the core attitude of prayer as helplessness. I appreciated his descriptions of many of the difficulties of prayer I’m sure every reader could identify with these. But it was also “theologically loose. It is largely an expression of the author’s general sense o Mixed feelings. It prajer largely an expression of the author’s general sense of what prayer is, based on his experience. He ends up with some odd categories for how God is at work in history, and what he is and isn’t in control of.
There is also little to no mention of Christ as our high priest. Lot’s of phrases like “the Spirit of Prayer” without any real definitions. This is a great little book for those struggling to find meaning in their prayers, or with the guilt of their own prayerlessness. It’s an encouragement to bring all your needs peayer even your neediness to God in prayer.
But it may confuse some with regard to God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, and it doesn’t help you see how Jesus fits into the picture. Aug 13, Karen Krause rated it it was amazing.
An older woman I know who attended the Dallas Theological Seminary told me that this book written in was the best book ever written on prayer. Hallesby was a Christian teacher and seminary professor in Norway. He was imprisoned for a time for his resistance to the Nazi regime. I thought it was enlightening and profound. Feb 07, S. White rated it really liked it.
I read this for the first time years ago.
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What I retained about it then was the explanation that prayer is helplessness — we pray when we realize we are unable to change things in life, and we ask God’s help, who can change things. I read it again recently, and what I appreciated was his explanation of what it means to pray in Jesus’ name.
We pray having faith that in Jesus we are able to pray, that Jesus opens the door so we can pray and can pray well. Sep 26, Ben Mordecai rated it really liked it Shelves: A practical book on prayer that should be helpful for most Christians. There is little that I felt like I was learning for the first time, but presenting it all in an organized fashion and applying it was helpful.
Oddly, it doesn’t touch on the Lord’s Prayer or the Psalms as instructive of prayer, but this book was never intended to be exhaustive. Don’t come with the expectation of getting a full theology of prayer, but rather come with the hope that you can find a few hallesbt ways to improve A practical book on prayer that should be helpful for most Christians. Don’t come with pfayer expectation of getting a full theology of prayer, but rather come with the hope that you can find a few practical ways to halkesby your prayer life at the cost of a trade paperback and about pages of reading.
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