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Over nearly seven decades of active ministry, Andrew Murray (1828-1917) discovered the secrets of prayer that availeth much. In these 31 concise but rich chapters, the South African pastor draws on all of Jesus' teachings about prayer to school believers in what prayer is, why we are called to deepen our prayer practice, and how to tap into the prayer power that God promises. Christians who have desired to move past shallow, ineffectual prayer into deep intimacy with God have ...
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Overview

Over nearly seven decades of active ministry, Andrew Murray (1828-1917) discovered the secrets of prayer that availeth much. In these 31 concise but rich chapters, the South African pastor draws on all of Jesus' teachings about prayer to school believers in what prayer is, why we are called to deepen our prayer practice, and how to tap into the prayer power that God promises. Christians who have desired to move past shallow, ineffectual prayer into deep intimacy with God have long prized this handbook.

This edition also includes Murray's case studies on the victorious prayer life of George Muller, the great Prussian pastor (and Murray's contemporary) who provided for over 100,000 English orphans solely by the power of prayer-rich insights frequently omitted from other editions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598561708
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Hendrickson Christian Classics Series
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) lived and ministered as both a pastor and a writer from the towns and villages of South Africa. Originally written in Dutch, his books were translated into English. As his popularity grew, Murray's books found their way into more than twelve foreign languages during his lifetime.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Hendrickson Christian Classics Edition     xiii
Author's Preface     1
"Lord, teach us to pray..." or, The Only Teacher     5
"In spirit and truth..." or, The True Worshippers     11
"Pray to thy Father, which is in secret..." or, Alone with God     17
"After this manner pray..." or, The Model Prayer     23
"Ask, and it shall he given you..." or, The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer     29
"How much more?" or, The Infinite Fatherliness of God     35
"How much more the Holy Spirit..." or, The All-Comprehensive Gift     41
"Because of his importunity..." or, The Boldness of God's Friends     47
"Pray the Lord of the harvest..." or, Prayer Provides Laborers     53
"What wilt thou?" or, Prayer Must Be Definite     59
"Believe that ye have received..." or, The Faith That Takes     65
"Have faith in God..." or, The Secret of Believing Prayer     71
"Prayer and fasting..." or, The Cure of Unbelief     77
"When ye stand praying, forgive..." or, Prayer and Love     85
"If two agree..." or, The Power of United Prayer     91
"Speedily, though bearing long..." or, The Power of Persevering Prayer     97
"I know that Thou hearest me always..." or, Prayer in Harmony with the Being of God     105
"Whose is this image?" or, Prayer in Harmony with the Destiny of Man     111
"I go unto the Father!" or, Power for Praying and Working     117
"That the Father may be glorified..." or, The Chief End of Prayer     123
"If ye abide in me..." or, The All-Inclusive Condition     129
"My words in you..." or, The Word and Prayer     137
"Bear fruit, that the Father may give what ye ask..." or, Obedience the Path to Power in Prayer     143
"In my Name..." or, The All-Prevailing Plea     149
"At that day..." or, The Holy Spirit and Prayer     157
"I have prayed for thee..." or, Christ the Intercessor     163
"Father, I will..." or, Christ the High Priest     171
"Father! Not what I will..." or, Christ the Sacrifice     177
"If we ask according to His will..." or, Our Boldness in Prayer     183
"An holy priesthood..." or, The Ministry of Intercession     191
"Pray without ceasing..." or, A Life of Prayer     197
George Muller and the Secret of His Power in Prayer     203
Prayer and the Word of God     208
Prayer and the Will of God     210
Prayer and the Glory of God     215
Prayer and Trust in God     217
Scripture Index     221
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First Chapter

The Only Teacher

"And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).

The disciples had learned to understand something of the connection between Christ's wondrous life in public and His secret life of prayer. They had been with Him and had seen Him pray. They had learned to believe in Him as a Master in the art of prayer. None could pray like Him. And so they went to Him with the request, "Lord, teach us to pray." In later years they would tell us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer. It is still true today that disciples who see Him feel the need of repeating the same request, "Lord, teach us to pray." As we grow in the Christian life, the thought and the faith of the Beloved Master in His never-failing intercession become more precious, and the hope of being like Christ in His intercession gains an attractiveness never before known. As we see Him pray, and remember that there is none who can pray or teach like Him, we feel the petition of the disciples, "Lord, teach us to pray," is just what we need. Everything He is and has is our very own. Because He Himself is our life, we should feel assured that if we ask, He will be delighted to take us into closer fellowship with Himself and teach us to pray as He prays. Go, my brothers! Go to the Blessed Master and ask Him to enroll your names in that school which He always keeps open for those who long to study the Divine art of prayer and intercession! Yes, let us say to the Master as they did of old, "Lord, teach us to pray." As we meditate, we shall find each word of our petition full of meaning. "Lord, teach us to pray." Yes, to pray. This is what we need to be taught. Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeblest child can pray, it is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise. Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy One. The powers of the eternal world have been placed at prayer's disposal. It is the very essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church, and for the world. It is to prayer that God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength. It is on prayer that the promises wait for their fulfillment, the Kingdom waits for its coming, and the glory of God waits for its full revelation. How slothful and unfit we are for this blessed work. Only the Spirit of God can enable us to do it right. How speedily we are deceived into resting in a form of prayer, while the power is still missing! Our early training, the teaching of the Church, the influence of habit, the stirring of the emotions-how easily these lead to prayer which has no spiritual power and achieves little. Who wouldn't cry out for someone to teach them true prayer that takes hold of God's strength and achieves much, to which the gates of heaven are really opened wide? Jesus has opened a school in which He trains those of His redeemed ones who especially desire to have power in prayer. Enter it with the petition, "Lord! This is just what we need to be taught! 0 teach us to pray!" "Lord, teach us to pray." Yes, us, Lord. We have read in Your Word about the power Your believing people of long ago. had when they prayed, and what mighty wonders were done in answer to their prayers. This took place under the Old Covenant, in the time of preparation. Now, in these days of fulfillment, how much more will You give Your people a sure sign of Your presence? We have heard the promises given to Your apostles of the power of prayer in Your Name, and have seen how gloriously they experienced their truth. We know for certain they can become true to us, too. We hear continually, even in these days, what glorious tokens of Your power You still give to those who trust You completely. Lord! Teach us to pray with power, too! The promises are for us; the powers and gifts of the heavenly world are for us. 0 teach us to pray so that we may receive abundantly! To us, too, You have entrusted Your work. On our prayer, too, the coming of Your Kingdom depends. In our prayer, too, You can glorify Your Name. "Lord, teach us to pray." We offer ourselves as learners. We want only You to teach us. "Lord, teach us to pray." Yes, we feel the need now of being taught to pray. At first there is no work that appears so simple; later on, none that is more difficult. And the confession is forced from us: We do not know how to pray as we should. It is true we have God's Word with its clear and sure promises, but sin has so darkened our mind that we don't always know how to apply the Word. In spiritual matters we do not always seek the most important things. In temporal matters we are still less able to use the wonderful liberty our Father has given us to ask for what we need. Even when we know what to ask for, so much is still needed to make prayer acceptable. It must be to the glory of God, in full surrender to His will, in full assurance of faith, in the Name of Jesus, and with a perseverance that, if need be, refuses to be denied. All this must be learned. It can only be learned in the school of much prayer, for practice makes perfect. Amid the painful consciousness of ignorance and unworthiness, in the struggle between believing and doubting, the heavenly art of effective prayer is learned. There is One-the Beginner and Finisher of faith and prayer-Who watches over our praying and sees to it that in all who trust Him for it, education in the school of prayer is carried on to perfection. Let the deep undertone of all our prayer be the teachableness that comes from faith in Him as a perfect Teacher, and we can be sure that we will be taught. We will learn to pray in power. Yes, we can depend on His teaching us to pray. "Lord, teach us to pray." No one can teach like Jesus. A pupil needs a teacher who knows his work, who has the gift of teaching, who in patience and love will descend to the pupil's needs. Blessed be God! Jesus is all this and much more. It is Jesus, praying Himself, Who teaches us to pray. He knows what prayer is. He learned it amid the trials and tears of His earthly life. In heaven it is still His beloved work. His life there is prayer. Nothing delights Him more than to find those whom He can take with Him into the Father's presence, clothing them with power to pray down God's blessing to those around them, training them to be His fellow-workers in the intercession by which the Kingdom is to be revealed on earth. He knows how to teach, whether it is by the urgency of felt need, by the confidence that joy inspires, by the studying of the Word, or by the testimony of another believer who knows what it is to have prayer heard. By His Holy Spirit He has access to our hearts and teaches us to pray by showing us the sin that hinders the prayer, or by giving us the assurance that we please God.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    One of the best books on prayer I have ever read!

    Andrew Murray's book With Christ in the School of Prayer is probably the most powerful book on prayer that I have ever read! I was so challenged in the way I thought about prayer, the role prayer has in the Christian's life and the amazing power of prayer. There were times I was in tears as I read and thought of my lack of faith and the times I've neglected the awesome privilege we have to present our requests to God and lift others up before the throne. Written in 31 short chapters, this would make an excellent devotional book for a month long study on prayer. Murray covers various aspects of prayer such as the example Christ set for us, boldness and true faith in prayer, persevering prayer, purpose of prayer, the role of the Holy Spirit in prayer, Christ as our intercessor and the ministry we can have in intercessory prayer. I would highly recommend this book if you are ready to enter the "school of prayer" with Christ as the teacher and develop a deeper life of prayer!

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    This book is a must read

    This is the best book on prayer I have read. I thought I knew a 'little bit' about prayer -- but this book showed me how much more there is for me to learn. Extremely well written and can be used by a novice or an expert. Best money I ever spent.

    Best read slowly so that you can fully digest the information in each chapter. Our intercessory prayer group is reading the book also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2005

    Life Changing

    This book is for those who really take their christianity serioiusly and are really ready to have a serious one on one relationship with the Father. It will increase your faith and it will change you.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Excellent Classic

    As always Andrew Murray's work is excellent. This book is a classic that challenges us in today's world to learn from He who came to save us. Jesus continuously prayed. He was always before His Father. How can we do less when the Apostle John said that if all Jesus' works were written down, the books would fill the world. Are any of us busier than that?

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