15 ways to refresh a tired devotional life (No. 6)

Read well about prayer   

What was the last book about prayer that you read? And when did you read it?  Given that prayer is so important in our lives, it’s well worth keeping this something that we often read.    For those of us in roles where we need to keep well trained, we often dedicate time to CPD – Continuing Professional Development.  Our CPD ensures that we read around to try and keep our abilities in our work lives in good shape.  Wouldn’t it be good to do the same with prayer?  

One way I do this is to read a book about prayer as part of weekend quiet times.  My intercession prayers – prayers for others – are largely kept for the week, and so at the weekend I read a chapter or two from a book on prayer. I pray through it as I do so, asking God to teach me through the words of others.     We’re not short of good books on prayer – I strongly suspect you will have least one on your bookshelves right now.    Here are seven good ones – some of these have been mentioned in earlier posts:

Enjoy your prayer life by Mike Reeves

Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson 

Praying the Lord’s Prayer by Jim Packer

Fresh Pathways in Prayer by Julian Hardyman

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

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