Lord, Teach Us to Pray (1896)

In this classic work on prayer, Andrew Murray examines the answer Jesus gave to the disciples when they requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Murray was a South African pastor who taught often on a subject he obviously knew well — prayer. He was greatly used of the Lord in the 1860 South African Revival.

This work is a short teaching and call for Christians to be people of prayer. I read it recently during a flight. I closed it with a renewed desire to be a man of prayer. If you have any godly desire, I am confident that it will do the same for any who read it.

The best I know to do with this review is to provide you with ten quotes that whet your appetite for the book. If you click on the cover or the book info at the top of the article, you can get the Kindle version for free.

1. “At first there is no work appears so simple; later on, none that is more difficult.”

2. “Dwell much in the inner chamber, with the door shut—shut in from men, shut up with God.”

3. “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.”

4. “Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeble child can pray, yet it is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise.”

5. “Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray. He did not speak much of what was needed to preach well, but much of praying well. To know how to speak to God is more than knowing how to speak to man. Not power with men, but power with God is the first thing. Jesus loves to teach us to pray.”

6. “By His Holy Spirit, He has access to our heart, and teaches us to pray by showing us the sin that hinders the prayer, or giving us the assurance that we please God. He teaches, by giving not only thoughts of what to ask or how to ask, but by breathing within us the very spirit of prayer, by living within us as the Great Intercessor.”

7. “How speedily we are deceived into a resting in the form, while the power is wanting.”

8. “In true worship the Father must be first, must be all. The sooner I learn to forget myself in the desire that He may be glorified, the richer will the blessing be that prayer will bring to myself.”

9. “Do not be thinking of how little you have to bring God, but of how much He wants to give you.”

10. “Free all young Christians from every thought of secret prayer as a duty or a burden, and lead them to regard it as the highest privilege of their life, a joy and a blessing.”

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