A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

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Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better. Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful. Tyndale House Publishers
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Overview

Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better. Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful. Tyndale House Publishers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600063008
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Series: Hollywood Nobody Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 43,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Miller is director of seeJesus.net, an organization that develops interactive Bible studies for small groups. He is the author of Love Walked Among Us (NavPress), The PrayerLife Study, The Person of Jesus, an interactive study of the wonder of Jesus and his love. He also travels widely and teaches Jesus Weekends, Person of Jesus seminars, and PrayerLife seminars. Paul and his wife, Jill, have six children and live near Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 11

1 "What Good Does It Do?" 13

2 Where We Are Headed 19

Part 1 Learning to Pray Like a Child

3 Become Like a Little Child 29

4 Learn to Talk with Your Father 37

5 Spending Time with Your Father 43

6 Learning to Be Helpless 53

7 Crying "Abba" - Continuously 63

8 Bending Your Heart to Your Father 69

Part 2 Learning to Trust Again

9 Understanding Cynicism 77

10 Following Jesus out of Cynicism 83

11 Developing an Eye for Jesus 95

Part 3 Learning to Ask Your Father

12 Why Asking Is So Hard 103

13 Why We Can Ask 113

14 How Personal Is God? 119

15 What Do We Do with Jesus' Extravagant Promises About Prayer? 129

16 What We Don't Ask For: "Our Daily Bread" 141

17 What We Don't Ask For: "Your Kingdom Come" 149

18 Surrender Completely: "Your Will Be Done" 155

Part 4 Living in Your Father's Story

19 Watching a Story Unfold 165

20 A Father's Love 173

21 Unanswered Prayer: Understanding the Patterns of Story 179

22 How God Places Himself in the Story 189

23 Praying Without a Story 195

24 Hope: The End of the Story 205

25 Living in Gospel Stories 211

Part 5 Praying in Real Life

26 Using Prayer Tools 221

27 Keeping Track of the Story: Using Prayer Cards 225

28 Prayer Work 235

29 Listening to God 239

30 Prayer Journaling: Become Aware of the Interior Journey 249

31 Real-Life Praying 257

32 Unfinished Stories 263

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 271

About the Author 279

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Best Book On Prayer .....Ever This book made me want to pray ins

    Best Book On Prayer .....Ever
    This book made me want to pray instead of making me feel guilty for not praying or incapable of measuring up to E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer (which is an awesome classic and an excellent read). Miller inspires prayer perhaps Bounds leaves me admiring prayer. Thank you Paul Miller for flaming a greater passion for prayer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    did as a bible/book study

    Did a study of this book. I enjoyed very much. The diagrams in book, myself and study group just didn't understand.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I will be recommending this book to a lot of friends. I love his tone and his approach. I have changed my approach to prayer and improved my prayers and increased my desire to pray with this book. This book will help you get rid of the guilt and learn to talk to God from your heart, the way it's meant to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Excellent, beneficial read

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    This book and the study guide were used by our study group. It was one of our best, but not easiest, studies. We all felt we learned and grew from the study.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Definitely a great book to be on your shelf and read.

    A Praying Life by Paul E Miller has got to be the most practical, all-inclusive, intimate, deep, personal, and relational book on prayer I have ever read! His personal life examples illuminate his prayer perspectives, goals, and illustrations. Helplessness equals power when God is in charge of your prayer life.

    Parts 1-5 include some of the following:

    1. Learning to Pray Like a Child: talking to your Father, spending time with your Father, and learning to be helpless.

    2. Learning to Trust Again: coming out of the world of cynicism and following Jesus.

    3. Learning to Ask Your Father: why is it to hard for us to ask, just how personal is God, and surrendering our own will completely.

    4. Living in Your Father's Story: how your life is the Father's love story, dealing with unanswered prayer, and living in hope.

    5. Praying in Real Life: practical tools to help you keep on track with your prayer life, learning to really listen to God's voice,and using a prayer journal and/or cards.

    Of the above parts, number five is my favorite, as it teaches me how to practically apply what I learned in the first four chapters. Now, don't get me wrong, the first four parts are full of dynamite pieces of wisdom as well!

    Such titles include: What good does it do to pray? Ask like a child. Pray like Jesus prayed. Prayer equals helplessness. The secular world's removal of the Shepherd from Psalm 23! Spotting Jesus! Good asking. Character change-too scary! Our prayers shape us. Life in the desert. And much, much more.

    I would highly recommend Paul's book for Sunday School, Bible study, personal growth, and personal devotions, i.e., everyone. This book is a 'keeper' for my shelf for future use and referral! A definite 5.0 rating!

    This book was provided free by NavPress in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    The best book on prayer that I've read in a long time

    I really, really enjoyed this book and thought it was one of the best prayer books I've read in years. This isn't a book that just lays out a procedure for how to pray and a formula of what to do and tells the reader how to follow it. Instead, it gets into the heart of a Christian and into the importance of prayer with topics such as praying like a child, learning to trust again, learning to ask your Father, and living in the Father's story. The book discusses some of the barriers to a good prayer life, like cynicism, trust, the influence of Western culture on our mindsets, and naive optimism (to name a few) and also talks about the role of prayer in developing a deep relationship with God. I found these chapters to be really thought-provoking and saw myself and my way of thinking in many of the discussions. Throughout all these chapters, the author continually shares stories from his own life- many about his adult daughter who suffers from autism, and shows how God has worked in his family over the years. Only after the issues and challenges that face a believer in his or her prayer life have been thoroughly discussed does he get into the final section, praying in real life. In this section, the author makes some great suggestions about prayer tools. I'm especially intrigued by the idea of prayer cards, rather than a traditional prayer journal, and plan to implement that method immediately! When I'm reading a book for review, I usually mark sections that I especially liked and want to talk about in the review. I got to the end of this book and looked down to realize that I'd flagged about one in ten pages. A bit much to share in this review! I think it really spoke to me because the author is so open and honest about his own struggles-in life and in his prayer, and was also honest about the work that God did in his life while he waited for his prayers to be answered. I'll close with one of my favorite paragraphs, which I think sums up the general idea of this book so well. "We don't need a praying life because that is our duty. That would wear thin quickly. We need time to be with our Father every day because every day our hearts and the hearts of those around us are overgrown with weeds. We need to reflect on our lives and engage God with the condition of our souls and the souls he has entrusted to our care or put in our paths. In a fallen world, these things do not come automatically." If you're a Christian and would like a deeper, more intimate prayer life (and I think that category includes most of us), take a look at this wonderful book. Disclosure: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book! Informative Topic!

    I'd also like to recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score" by R.A. Clark. It's revealing look at the power of forgiveness. If you ever felt trapped by anger, guilt, resentment and/or pain, then this book is for you.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

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    A Praying Life

    As a blogger for Navpress publishers I had the recent opportunity to review Paul E. Miller's book, A Praying Life. The best way to desribe this book would be to say it is a cross between a prayer intruction manual/ textbook, psychology book, inspirational guide and self help book rolled into one volume. For anyone who wants a jump start to get motivated to pray and to learn about the power of prayer, this is the perfect book. This book will succeed in getting even the most skeptic of readers, thinking more about the importance of prayer in his/ her own life.

    One shortcoming of this book, is that the author makes use of personal anecdotes based on his own life and experiences as a father and spiritual leader/ pastor. Many readers may find it difficult to relate to the intense spiritual life of the author, Paul E. Miller, and one may argue that this author is predisposed to having an intense prayer life. How many readers can relate to teenagers who genuinely pray and are honest enough to voice their concerns about prayers that go unanswered? How many of us are pastors, or come from a pastor's family or are married to a pasto? While Miller's personal stories are an attempt at making a personal connection with the reader, I believe they will serve to alienate many reader. For most of us, we do not have the spiritual backing or support from our families or church that the author enjoys inorder to pursue spiritual endeavors.

    Nevertheless, the use of personal anecdotes, does not detract from the overall purpose of the book. I believe this is a valuable resource as an inspriational book to motivate the reader to prayer as well as an instructional guide to ease the transition into a deeper relationship with God through prayer. The idea of prayer cards, introduced in the book, is a pretty unique concept, and is a concrete and real way by which anyone can get started into prayer. As a blogger for Navpress publishers, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    BEST EVER!

    This book has changed my life! It has shown me I'm not the only one who's mind wonders while praying. How to come to God as a child and so what is truly in my heart! We ALL need to have a Praying Life you just need this book to get you started!

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Wonderful book on prayer

    I am happy to share with you a book I listened to and finished last week called A Praying Life by Paul Miller. The title is so fitting for what this book is about....learning to have a life filled with prayer.

    I felt the author did a wonderful job keeping things real for the reader. He shared stories from his personal life when God answered particular prayers, things he's learned about prayer, and how he has prayed for his children. One of his daughters has autism and he used many stories about struggles they have faced in helping her through the years.

    Listening to this audio book has been a wonderful reminder to me of the power of prayer and the importance of covering our lives in prayer. God hears our prayers and desires for us to pray to Him.

    The narrator was also easy to listen to on this book.

    This audio book was provided through christianaudio Reviewers Program.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

    Engaging, Transparent and Practical Book on Prayer

    Paul Miller has written an engaging, transparent and practical book on prayer. His connection to his everyday life, filled with trials and tribulations (their daughter Kim struggles with autism and developmental delay). This 'real world' approach to prayer lends credibility and quality to the read. Enjoying prayer and our conversation with the Lord is what this book brings to one's life - returning to a close walk with the God who loves us. In his easy to read style, Miller encourages us to 'live in your Father's story.' By this he means "you can't listen to God if you are isolated from a life of surrender that draws you into his story for your life." In essence, this is what the five sections of this book does, using humor, pain and his real life adventures as a backdrop for our return into his presence. This may be one of the best books written on prayer in decades, since it combines sound Biblical truth and tested street leather application. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself and for a friend - this is a great book for a group journey deeper into God's presence.

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