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Sadly most of us struggle to set aside time to pray. But, fear not, this is not another book that will pile on the guilt, simply saying pray better and more often. Instead, Michael Reeves shows us not only why prayer is so essential, but also how we can enjoy it too....

Title : Enjoy your prayer life
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ISBN : 9781909611641
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 46 Pages
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Enjoy your prayer life Reviews

  • Fearghal Kelly
    2018-12-14 23:18

    This is not another book of tips to 'get your prayer life sorted' or telling you why you 'really really ought to pray more'. This tiny book - which took me a couple of short train journeys to read - will lift your eyes off of yourself, onto the relationship with the Father that Jesus has brought us into, and will get you excited for prayer. No guilt-tripping, only grace!'Enjoy Your Prayer Life' isn't so much a book on how to pray, but on what prayer is and why it's a vital part of the Christian life. The premise is based on John Calvin's thought that 'prayer is the chief exercise of faith'. This is a challenge as our prayer life acts as an indicator of our faith, but Mike Reeves reassures us that the fact that we're all sinners is the whole point of the Gospel! He then works in depth to get our focus right and show us that our prayer life is the natural outworking of our relationship with God that we have by grace - through the Son we are brought into communion with the Father by the Spirit. The short pages are filled with liberating, chain-breaking and refreshing truths that will make prayer a joy, not a mere duty.If you're not the kind of person who goes to prayer seminars or reads books on prayer, this is for you. If you struggle with prayer, this is for you. If you've read every book on prayer imaginable, this is also for you.

  • Stuart Turton
    2018-11-29 16:16

    I am becoming a big fan of these 'book-lets' that 10ofthose publishing are bringing out more and more frequently. Whether as adapted sermons or floating chapters that form part of a series (like this one), they make for perfect train-ride reading, reflection and re-reading. Considering the fact that this book is only 48 pages in A5 sizing (46 if you don't count the cheeky 2 page adverts at the end), I will keep this review extremely brief. Reeves starts by locating prayer, not on the fridge 'to-do list', but at the very centre of a Christian's life. [Enter Calvin: Prayer is 'the chief exercise of faith']. Reeves follows the 'faith' thread back to the Word of God, the Gospel and the Triune life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. His central point is that prayer is the knee-jerk activity of enjoying the father-son communion that the gospel establishes, and which faith initiates. This is a great resource to help you enjoy prayer for what it is. Buy it in bulk and give it away to people in your church, or anyone who likes free books (who doesn't like free books?).

  • Felipe Barnabé
    2018-12-07 22:23

    Muito bom. Um livreto pequeno mas com um conteúdo enorme. Me fez refletir bastante sobre minha vida de oração. Recomendo. Um dos melhores do ano.

  • Ryan Richetto
    2018-12-14 16:21

    One of the most helpful things I've read on prayer and you can read it in 20 minutes. Reeves pushes against the tendency in prayer books to glorify "great pray-ers." We've all heard the "apocryphal" story about how Luther had so much to do that he felt he must spend the first three hours of his day in prayer. Luther had his own seasons of prayerlessness, as Reeves shows, and I highly doubt Luther himself would want to be glorified in the way he is today with regard to prayer. Calvin called prayer "the chief exercise of faith," which means we should expect to struggle with it. Rather than paralyze ourselves with stories of "great pray-ers," we should go back to the basics of Christianity. God is my Father, I am his beloved child - so pray like it.

  • James Ritchie
    2018-12-14 16:06

    Another delightful book from Michael Reeves. Super short, only 46 pages! Simple enough to gobble up in just one sitting, but rich enough to chew on for many sittings.Reeves starts by defining prayer. For him, following Calvin, prayer is the chief exercise of faith, so we express our belief in God, in his power and love towards us, primarily through the act of praying. Then naturally he goes on to remind the reader of how good and generous and gracious our God is, so that our faith in him grows and with it our prayer. This is the most delicious and tasty section of the book as Reeves explains the intimate relationship we have been brought into through the cross.He says 'Prayer is enjoying that the Father really is our Father. But what exactly does it mean that God is a Father? First it means that he is eternally begetting his Son. Always he is giving life to and lavishing his love on his Son. So, as Father, he is the source of all life, love and blessing. and what does it mean to be the Son? Eternally the Son is characterised by receiving from the Father. Now if that's the relationship we've been brought into, the praising the Father as Jesus did, asking the Father for things as Jesus did and depending on the Father as Jesus did are going to be staple parts of our communion with him..'It's great stuff, expounding on great truths. The best thing is that since finishing I've been praying heaps more, not because Reeves gives some handy tips or strategies, but because my faith in God's goodness has grown, so I've been exercising that faith - and praying!

  • Brian
    2018-12-18 22:10

    Short, sweet, substantive. Do yourself a favor: take 45 minutes, read this book, and give your prayer life a shot in the arm.

  • Rebekah Sussex
    2018-12-02 20:21

    helpful :)

  • Joel Rockey
    2018-11-26 19:08

    Great little book on prayer. It is worth the small investment of time to read this.

  • MrBReads
    2018-11-29 18:22

    Read this book on the coach back from a youth conference today and loved it. If you've been a Christian for a few years then you will have heard all of the points Dr Reeves makes, but this punchy encouragement to see beyond the act of praying and instead to focus on the heart of praying was very helpful. I read it through cover-to-cover but will now use each of the tiny chapters to help shape my prayer and think it will be a great resource for mentoring/discipleship settings in youth work.

  • Phil Griffin
    2018-11-21 20:09

    Helpful, challenging, positive and easy to read book covering the key aspects and importance of Prayer. Emphasis on fellowship and communion is particularly helpful.

  • Bruno Matias
    2018-12-16 19:21

    Livreto bem legal. Gostei.

  • Matt Harmless
    2018-11-25 15:08

    I found this short little book to be powerfully convicting, but not in a way that beat me over the head or loaded on the guilt. There was definitely the sense that one's prayer life speaks volumes about their personal spiritual life, which cuts like a knife when your prayer life isn't so hot... But instead of loading on the guilt with extended stories of those prayer warriors of our faith, Michael Reeves would temper those stories with those prayer warrior's prayer foibles.The end of this book was full of hope, found in the practical applications that the author offers. Applications that give the reader real ways to point their hearts toward joy in prayer.http://blog.harmlessonline.net/2017/1...

  • Nick
    2018-11-30 18:09

    I set this book as my morning devotional time to try and re-energise my prayer life. However as the book is only 40ish pages long, the fact that it took me two months to work my way through it speaks volumes in itself.I didn’t find much in terms of *knowledge* in this book about prayer I didn’t already know (which is why perhaps I am only giving it three stars). However, if that is the case, and I already know about prayer and it’s importance, the question remains: why aren’t I doing it?On his last page he leaves a few suggestions as to why:1. I’m too busy, and as such perhaps too self reliant2. I don’t believe prayer to be trueSobering thoughts!

  • Micah Lugg
    2018-12-12 15:06

    It’s been said that a book on prayer is judged by whether it moves you to actually pray. This little pamphlet did that for me. It’s not even a book. It’s short enough to be a couple of blog posts bound together.Highly recommended. Read it. Read it with someone. And join in the joy of communing with the triune God!

  • Josh McInnis
    2018-12-02 18:04

    A short book, readable in approximately half an hour, Enjoy Your Prayer Life packs an encouraging and uplifting inspiration to commune with our loving and gracious God. As advertised, no guilt trips or how-to's in this little book, which indeed helps set it apart on the topic of prayer.

  • Eugene O'Fallon
    2018-11-22 17:19

    "It may be that your heart is cold, your love is weak and your prayers are shabby, but what matters is that, united to Christ and in him, you are a cherished son (daughter) - and your Father delights to hear you."

  • Jeff Wofford
    2018-12-07 15:05

    I've read many books on prayer, and never seen one that so briefly and potently diagnoses the common failings and advocates biblical solutions. Pleasant reading, extremely short, and potentially life-transforming.

  • Gabriela Bevenuto
    2018-12-11 19:57

    Usei esse livro como devocional, lendo um capítulo por dia. Foram 14 dias conhecendo mais do próprio Deus. Poderia dizer que o mais interessante desse livro é que ele é totalmente focado na Trindade! Recomendo!

  • Adam Eveleigh
    2018-11-26 16:14

    Helpful, takes no longer than a couple of hours to read, and (I got it for) only £2. Good stuff!

  • Tyler Hurst
    2018-12-07 14:58

    Sorry but punchyReeves has a very short but unruly punchy theology of prayer. Super helpful material to begin think ing ait prayer

  • Helen Griffin
    2018-12-12 18:18

    very helpful and refreshingly honest

  • Rob Green
    2018-11-23 22:06

    Quick encouraging readable godly book. Took <30minutes

  • Nate Walker
    2018-11-30 21:13

    Great, encouraging, trinitarian little booklet.

  • Tracey
    2018-12-05 22:55

    I’ve read this book twice now. The first time, I went in expecting practical tips and techniques, so even with the author stating that this book is NOT about practical tips and techniques, it took me a while to wrap my head around the truths revealed in its pages. I knew I hadn’t really “gotten” it so I started over and read it again. At 48 pages, it’s easy enough to do so.Reeves shares truths about prayer that should delight us as believers, knowing that when we pray we are joining the ongoing communion between the Son and His Father. He gently teaches us that prayer is “the chief exercise of faith” (Calvin), and as such, prayerlessness is practical atheism. I did end up with a feeling of “I’m doing it wrong” but was spirited by the author’s reminder that “we don’t need to pretend to be giants in prayer…. Since the Spirit knows our weakness, we can be real with our father, accepting how babyish we are in our faith, and simply stammer out what’s on our hearts.”What I’ve often thought I needed to improve my prayer life was better techniques and more discipline, but what I actually need is a mind shift to a proper perspective of what prayer really is. This book is certainly a start.

  • Jason Bollinger
    2018-12-19 19:12

    This book was so refreshing. It is very concise but very insightful. If your prayer life needs a boost, this is the book for you.

  • Deax
    2018-12-13 17:14

    Wonderful Book. Re-read 8 Feb 2017.

  • Graham Heslop
    2018-12-08 16:13

    Remarkably rich for a short work. Reeves explores, albeit in brief, biblical truths that heighten ones expectations for prayer by setting it within the trinitarian work of God. A substantial review of this book would most probably be longer than the work itself, so let me just say that you will not regret any time invested in reading, as well as rereading, Enjoy Your Prayer Life. To that I would add from my own experience: the title of this work is not trite, nor does the author offer superficial gimmicks to make praying more enjoyable; Reeves reminds the Christian that prayer is communion with the God who is Father, Son, and Spirit, made possible by the gracious work of God, modelled for us by the Son, and galvanised by the Spirit

  • Michael Chen
    2018-12-09 23:23

    This wise and compassionate (and short!) book stirs me to pray (with Calvin and Luther), and helps me commune with the Trinity.

  • Dave Swaim
    2018-12-08 21:13

    A lot of goodness packed into very few pagesThis is very different than any other prayer book I've read. Instead of tips and techniques, it focuses on the spirit and context that would entice us to pray for reasons other than guilt. The only reason I gave it four stars rather than five is that it ended too soon. After pointing out many obstacles and offering outstanding new insights, especially around the way the Trinity is at the heart of our prayer, I wish he had taken the next steps toward the kind of tips and techniques that would allow us to put these things into practice, make it a habit, and avoid falling back into our familiar old pitfalls. What is here is wonderful, but I wish he had kept going a little further at the end.

  • Stephen Watkinson
    2018-12-01 23:13

    This short book on prayer focuses on the communion with God that we have as Christians. As you might expect from Reeves, there is a focus on the Trinitarian nature of this communion.I think this short book helps us to, as the title says, enjoy our prayer life. At one a two points I wanted to see a little more working for the statement, e.g. Calvin's definition of prayer as "the chief exercise of faith." Similarly, I would have liked some more of from the biblical passages on prayer. However, it is an intentionally short book on prayer!