Prayer is usually one of those practices that most Christians need to do more often. I know I do! It’s like trying a new diet, you get excited, you’re motivated, you write out little post it notes with words of encouragement, and three weeks later you’re binge watching Netflix while eating a bag of Doritos! Fortunately, there were some pragmatic points I think will stick with me. Here is what I underlined in the book and I hope it blesses you:
“King David learns that prayer is more about “will you? Won’t you?” than “when will you?” pg. 36
“Prayers are measured by their strength and not their length.”pg. 37
“Prayer begins with longing for God’s presence before his provision.” pg. 55
“Peace with God always comes through pardon and forgiveness, never performance.” pg. 58
In the Garden of Gethsemane while Jesus is praying and Peter, James and John are with him – “As Jesus brought the so-called strongest with Him, he didn’t share profound words of wisdom. He shared His weakness.” pg 68
“There is no smaller package than a man wrapped up in himself.” pg. 111
This is a short, small and on-point book. I did feel there was a small jab at the founding fathers, but nothing that I couldn’t read over. It was condescending and in bad taste and full of presupposition. Overall, the book was informative and good.
I struggle with prayer. It is my heart’s desire to cultivate prayer in my life. In a way the quote “Prayers are measured by their strength and not their length” freed me of this expectation that the longer the prayer, the holier it is. I am grateful for that quote and I will treasure it. I want to experience God in prayer and rely on Scripture to guide me to know Him more. Mr. Onwuchekwa does well in removing my legalistic approach to prayer. He also emphasizes the importance of communal prayer.
The book served its purpose and I recommend it to all Believers who want to sharpen their prayer life, especially prayer with other Believers.
You can buy the book here.