Books on Prayer (not to be confused with “prayer books”)

🎁 Looking for the perfect gift to give your loved ones? 🎁

Imagine if you could wrap and present them with an entire box of a year’s worth of answered – and perhaps mercifully unanswered? – prayers.

While our material focus can sometimes be overdrawn to stockings, mistletoe, decorations, The Perfect Gift List, and impressing others, let’s not forget the sweet gifts of time in prayer and communion with the Lord in this bustling season.

A prayer journal accompanied by one of the below prompts on how, when, or why to pray might just be the gift our weary souls need this Christmas:

The Valley of Vision – This book has been prepared not to ‘supply’ prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before. In it you will see dozens and dozens of handwritten Puritan prayers in poetic format. (Sometimes the best way to learn to pray is simply by observing and listening to the prayers of others.)

Praying With Paul – D.A. Carson – A study tool for examining the nature and content of the Apostle Paul’s prayer life.

Praying the Saviour’s Way – Derek Thomas – Observations from the Lord’s Prayer and how it ought to shape our own prayers.

A Method for Prayer – Matthew Henry – In this book, you will discover the methods Jesus taught, look at styles of prayer, and see helpful examples.

Confessions – St. Augustine – Augustine of Hippo writes his own prayers, struggles, wrestling with Scripture, and his struggle against the conquering and redemption of his sexual nature in this intensely personal journal archive of his prayer life.

Prayer – Timothy Keller – Biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness.

And as a reminder, local Calgary and area friends, most of these can be found both new and second-hand at our Christian bookstore, Better Books and Bibles. Perfect for Christmas gifts!

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