ISBN-10:
1604593075
ISBN-13:
9781604593075
Pub. Date:
04/08/2008
Publisher:
Wilder Publications
With Christ in the School of Prayer

With Christ in the School of Prayer

by Andrew Murray

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With Christ in the School of Prayer

'If ye abide in me, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.' Power with God is the highest attainment of the life of full abiding.

Christ in the School of Prayer Andrew Murray describes the role of the Holy Spirit within the church and exhorts Christians to use the blessings God has given us. It is a guide to living a life as a temple of the Holy Spirit and will fill your heart with a hunger for God's presence through 31 powerful lessons on prayer.

"Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1).

Drawing on Scripture, he begins each day by showing how Biblical principles apply to Christian prayer teaching the importance of the Holy Spirit in prayer, the value of faith, forgiveness, and perseverance. Each lesson ends with Andrew Murray sharing a personal prayer.

Andrew Murray was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor. Murray considered missions to be "the chief end of the church." He was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM) later becoming the Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) in 1965.

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ISBN-13: 9781604593075
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 192,959
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Andrew Murray was the second child of Andrew Murray Sr. (1794-1866), a Dutch Reformed Church missionary sent from Scotland to South Africa. He was born in Graaff Reinet, South Africa. His mother, Maria Susanna Stegmann, was of French Huguenot and German Lutheran descent.

Murray was sent to Aberdeen in Scotland for his initial education, together with his elder brother, John. Both remained there until they obtained their master's degrees in 1845. From there, they both went to the University of Utrecht where they studied theology. The two brothers became members of Het Réveil, a religious revival movement opposed to the rationalism which was in vogue in the Netherlands at that time. Both brothers were ordained by the Hague Committee of the Dutch Reformed Church on 9 May 1848 and returned to the Cape.

Murray married Emma Rutherford in Cape Town, South Africa, on 2 July 1856. They had eight children together (four boys and four girls).

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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.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Andrew Murray biographyxi
Prologuexix
Lesson 1The True Worshippers1
Lesson 2Alone With God9
Lesson 3The Model Prayer17
Lesson 4The Certain Answer to Prayer27
Lesson 5The Infinite Fatherliness of God35
Lesson 6The All-Comprehensive Gift45
Lesson 7The Boldness of God's Friends55
Lesson 8Prayer Provides Laborers63
Lesson 9Prayer Must Be Specific71
Lesson 10The Faith That Takes79
Lesson 11The Secret of Believing Prayer89
Lesson 12Prayer and Fasting97
Lesson 13Prayer and Love107
Lesson 14The Power of United Prayer115
Lesson 15The Power of Persevering Prayer123
Lesson 16Prayer in Harmony With God133
Lesson 17Prayer in Harmony With the Destiny of Humanity141
Lesson 18Power for Praying and Working149
Lesson 19The Main Purpose of Prayer157
Lesson 20The All-inclusive Condition165
Lesson 21The Word and Prayer175
Lesson 22Obedience: The Path to Power in Prayer185
Lesson 23The All-powerful Plea195
Lesson 24The Holy Spirit and Prayer205
Lesson 25Christ the Intercessor215
Lesson 26Christ the High Priest225
Lesson 27Christ the Sacrifice237
Lesson 28Our Boldness in Prayer247
Lesson 29The Ministry of Intercession257
Lesson 30A Life of Prayer267
Index275

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With Christ in the School of Prayer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LesleyA More than 1 year ago
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!
PC_Lewis More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on prayer. This author has described what my experience with prayer is like. While the language is a bit formal and to some archaic, I found it appropriate to the subject and readable. The book is well organized to build on each chapter. I recommend reading it to all who are interested in prayer which should be all who call themselves Christians.
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