Learn to Pray like an Apostle
by Alistair Begg
About Pray Big
So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been written on the subject and there’s a reason for that. Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don’t know what to say. What is it that my Father loves to hear about? What are the best things I could pray for my family, my church, and myself?
I want to pray bigger, and better. And I want you to enjoy praying like that too. And to do that, we need to discover how to pray as the apostle Paul did. Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people’s lives accordingly. He prayed and then was “watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4 v 2), ready to see how God would be pleased to answer his prayers.
This book focuses on Paul’s prayers for his friends in the church in Ephesus, that he recounts to them in Ephesians 1 v 15-23 and 3 v 14-21. The truths that underpin and shape his prayers for them will motivate us to pray and set us an example.
So be inspired by the Apostle Paul to pray bigger and pray better as we look to our heavenly Father to do more than all we ask or imagine!
Review by Wendy Meredith
This is a book which motivates the reader to pray – not to pray more, but to pray bigger and better, and so to pray more.
The writer is a pastor who acknowledges his own mistakes in not praying big, and in not praying better. He shows us how the apostle Paul prays, particularly how he prays for his friends in the church at Ephesus. We come to see how and why Paul was excited about prayer; he seemed to be in no doubt that his heavenly Father would respond and act, way beyond anything he might ask for, or think of asking for. For Paul, prayer was an admission and expression of a dependence on his heavenly Father, following the pattern of the Lord Jesus himself,and so a pattern for us to follow.
It is a very practical, easy- to-read and, in places, funny book which gently challenges. If you read just one (short) chapter each week for 8 weeks, see how your heart will be stirred, set free to ‘pray big’, through ‘an understanding of the immensity of the riches of God’s grace and glory in Christ’
(For those who love to sing God’s praises, this book quotes from some great hymns too!)