Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?

by Philip Yancey
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Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey

In his most powerful book since What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer. Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as: •Is God listening? •Why should God care about me? •If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? •Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? •Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? •How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.

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ISBN-13: 9780310328889
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 157,115
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Philip Yancey es periodista, autor de varios exitos de libreria y conferencista. Sus mas de veinte libros son conocidos por su honestidad, profundas busquedas en torno a la fe cristiana, especialmente en lo que concierne a interrogantes y dilemas personales. Millones de avidos lectores lo consideran como un companero confiable en la busqueda de una fe que importe. Philip y su esposa Janet viven en Colorado.

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Prayer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prayer is a cross-cultural and ageless practice. But what, exactly, is it? A tough question Philip Yancey tackles in this latest book. Many times prayer is a thinly disguised wish list or an attempt to manipulate someone into doing something we want them to do. But is that what Jesus taught? Are those examples found in the Bible? The short Mr. Yancey uses the prayers of the origial prayer revolutionary and the Psalms to explore what prayer is meant to be. Many times what was meant to be and what is, are miles apart. Sidebars contained within the book cover the gamet of emotions when it comes to prayer--happy, sad, struggling to just hang on. He writes as a sojourner, not as one that has all the answers. I feel as though I can explore along with him and draw my own conclusions. His conclusions, many times, are contrary to what is practiced today and some of which would be unpopular in many circles. If you struggle with prayer-what it is, what it has become, what it was meant to be-this book is for you. Another outstanding book from Philip Yancey.
ncb More than 1 year ago
Philip Yancey's scholarly research on the subject of prayer is evidenced in his book. I found the book helpful; especially his list of Prayer Resources. He referenced the works of Henri Nouwen and C.S. Lewis who also were great thinkers of their time. The book includes interviews he has had with other people on prayer. After reading this book, I realized more than ever that prayer does make a difference.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Philip Yancey covers the subject of prayer in great detail, and just like the subtitle of this book, he asks lots of questions. I did not find this book to be an instruction manual about how to pray, but rather guides the reader to change how they think about prayer. I found the book almost too much to digest, and wish it were easier to grasp what Mr. Yancey was trying to portray. My favourite part of this book was the individual interviews or writings by a number of various people who discussed their personal thoughts about prayer. Jim quoted on page 141, "Nowadays I don't spend time worrying, "Is God there or not?" I assume God's presence. I don't spend much time asking God for things either. Specific requests are almost a joke to me. Mainly, I want reassurance that God loves me, and that he understands what I'm concerned about. I've learned to trust God. When I do that, everything else slides down in importance." I found it much easier to relate to the inserts written by these individuals than to the author's words. I have read other books by Philip Yancey, but found this one just harder to get into. However, this book is one that I will definitely keep on the bookshelf and I will try to read through it again. Maybe I will get more out of it the next time.
Jen_from_Florida More than 1 year ago
I checked out this book from our local library twice. After going to check it out a third time, I decided to buy it so I would have a copy of my own. I also ordered two copies to give as gifts. It is a book that I like to pick up and read a chapter from time to time. The author writes about things I think about and questions I have also had myself. I liked his writing so much that I ordered two more books by him in the last few weeks. I think you will really enjoy having a copy of this book.
ptemple2k More than 1 year ago
Yancey is not an easy read; he has his own style and once you get into his rhythm it reads smoother. The book is filled with wonderful insights about prayer and our approaches to prayer; what we expect from prayer and from God; and stumbling blocks we commonly have. I find his insight and perspective most helpful
Grace4all More than 1 year ago
Yancey has a gift for clarifying difficult subjects without watering them down. Prayer engaged both my mind and my heart. Doesn't get better than that.
rockerfeller More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Philip Yancey's books & I think he is a thoughtful & puts felling in his books. However I think this is one of his weaker efforts. I think the book is not as well written as his other books. I think it is ok, but not as good as other books on prayer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Yancey's best by far. I pray regularly, but it has given me a whole new outlook. It is extremely readable, while at the same time provoking deep thought. A wonderful contribution to the literature on prayer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have an old ferret. He has some sort of disease and is losing his fur. He is on his last legs and God will take him home. Even so I am so sad. :( I also have a classmate who had a nine week old puppy. She got diagnosed with something and passed away before her owner even had her for less than a week. The person I am talking about right now hates me but please still pray for them. :( <3 Thank you so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please pray for me, my family, and my friends back in Tennessee. It would be greatly appresiated
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a type 1 diabetic. My parents have not been getting along well. My sister is very mean to me. My younger sister might get a nook and join the rp. Me and my friend don't see each other much. My parents are mean to me. Lastly, my sister is kind of sick. Please pray. ~Noah~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just want to put it out there I really need to pray for my brother he needs lots of help no one is helping him get through this very hard time and he is very depressed. And I would love for you al to pray for him with me. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please pray for my me and my mom, we are really struggling in our relationship to get along.... its been going on since i was little. Also if anyone is going through this or has advice please respond. My name is kenzie... i could really use some help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Step one: Search "Prayer". Use the capitals. Step two: Explore the results. Post a list of loved ones to pray for, things to thank God for, and simple prayers you use. Step three: Look for other people's prayers, and pray ones you like. Most importantly, remember to bless the Catholic Christanity, and thank God for &hearts you.#Blessed2BAlive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pray for my grandma and papa because my grandma has brain cester and it is hard for all of us and ahe is not doimg what the nurses are teeling her to do she is not getting any better then we went her too si pkease pray for my family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ask of you to pray for an old friend of mine. His father recently died of cancer, and he's only 12. Him and his family are all Christians, but they must be having a hard time right now. Please pray for comfort for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, let me just say that this prayer post thing is AWESOME! It is sooo exciting to see christians gather together, even if it's only on nooks. I just ask for prayer for this country and for Donald Trump, that he would lead our country the way God guides him. Thanks to whoever started this! I will definetly come here every day to pray!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pray for this world, this messed up society we live in to improve. Pray so that the rules aren't so twisted, pray for fairness. Pray for all those with depression/anxiety or suicidal thoughts. Pray for the opinions of those who aren't strong enough to voice them. Pray for people's relationships with each other. Pray for all those who are oppressed. <p> And l will pray for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great thing you are doing! My payer requests:<br> My math grades would go up, my friend Hayley's mom has just died of alcoholism, so that she would be comforted, and come to know Jesus, and for all the people out there still living in the darkness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want my friends to become Christians. Also my great grandmother is dying. And shes catholic. Please pray for her to become christian.
BJBell More than 1 year ago
I made me desire to pray more. Pray real. Pray in earnest.
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