The Life of Prayer

The Life of Prayer

by Edith Schaeffer


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ISBN-13: 9780891076490
Publisher: Crossway Books
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Life of Prayer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EricWright More than 1 year ago
Schaeffer's book on prayer contains a vast array of biblical teaching on prayer with abundant illustrations from her own family. Being the wife of Francis Schaeffer, it is natural that she begins with the assertion that, in reality, prayer can only be made to The God who is there-the true God. She then continues in chapter two by discussing prayer and affliction/suffering. She points out the fallacy of believing that the prayer of faith should result in healing. We live in an abnormal, fallen world where suffering occurs. If absolute faith in prayer would ensure perfect healing why did God not deliver Christ from the cross. Prayer is a gift purchased for us through the terrible suffering of Christ. More gems from Edith Schaeffer. Why can we not demand deliverance through prayer from suffering? We live in a fallen, abnormal world. Suffering is part of living in this devastated world. Not only that but suffering serves to help us understand Christ, find comfort from God, create an opportunity to learn what we need to learn and prove to Satan that we really love God not for the good things He gives, but because He is God. Edith Schaeffer prays: <b> Lord, don't let me waste this opportunity to learn what You want me to learn, to be what You want me to be, to prove to Satan that I really love You, as Job did, not just the good things You give....Lord forgive me for the waste of that never-to-be-repeated combination of circumstances to grow in the midst of afflication and to pray with trust before the suffering beocmes a part of past history. </b> She continues, &quot;may I not sin against Thee now by complaining: may I keep loving You now, and may I truly thank You that that moment is ahead of us when the trumpet will sound, and that which is a mystery to us now will be our greatest reality forever.&quot; Only in this life will we have the opportunity to show Him we love Him in the midst of pain, etc. In chapter 3 she goes on to talk about the need to be real, transparent in prayer. In chapter 4 and 5 she discusses the role of fasting and prayer. We are not self-sufficient. We need God's help and we need to be serious about seeking it, but not using prayer as an excuse not to work. In chapter 6 she discusses when and where to pray and how to pray in the midst of people and busyness by talking to God in one's mind. We need to be senstitive to God's interruptions. May I not be rigid in my schedule and inflexible to what You would insert into my time. But please help me to be disciplined to do what is important to do and not to turn easily aside. Pray throughout the day. Pray immediately a person or need arises. In Chapter 7, she discusses prayer through the centuries; how prayer affected history as demonstrated in the prayers of Hannah, Hezekiah, Isaiah, and Daniel. Even the cries of despair by Job, Jeremiah, Ezekiel were heard by God. Then she takes us through the prayers of Jesus and Paul. She explains that through the Spirit, prayer is a relay, in which we pass the baton to each new generation. In chapter 8 she illustrates this continuity of prayer through the centuries. These multiplied prayers are gathered by God and together with all God's people become His jewels, His treasured possession. In a unique thought, she explains that prayer is a kind of hospitality in which we gather up the names of those for whom we intercede; we give our time to those whose names come to our minds or into our homes. Especially imperative is it that we pray for the coming generations. In this section she transcribes wonderful samples of prayers from NT writers, Clement, Irenaeus, Basil, Augustine, Patrick, Thomas a Kempis, book of common prayer, George Herbert, Luther, Charles Wesley, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael. In chapter 9 she deals with human freedom and why we shuld pray when God is sovereign. She closes off the book with one of her favourite topics, prayer and creativity. I read through this book over a long period of time, making notes and trying to digest the wisdom Edith Schaeffer has gathered. Sometimes I felt she was too lengthy in description. For that reason I would give her a 4 instead of a 5.