Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Compendium on Prayer

James W. Beeke and Joel R. Beeke. Developing a Healthy Prayer Life: 31 Meditations on Communing with God. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2010. 99pp. $10.00.

Reviewed by Ryan McGraw

Everyone seems to have a favorite book on prayer that they recommend. Matthew Henry models for us how to use the Scriptures in prayer. B. M. Palmer sets forth the theological foundations for prayer in an unprecedented manner. Austin Phelps unfolds the psychological and internal struggles that we face in prayer. John Owen addresses the work of the Holy Spirit in prayer, etc. What makes this book stand out is that it presents all of the above in one small volume. This fact makes this work a truly remarkable accomplishment.

It is divided into thirty-one chapters comprised of three pages each, and it is designed to be read in one month. This is an excellent tool for those who do not have much time for reading, such as homemakers with little children at home. Our congregation is currently using this book for short meditations in conjunction with our midweek prayer meeting.

It is rare to find a book that is simultaneously so clear, simple, concise, and substantive on such a vitally important topic. This is a unique work that will profit your soul greatly and which you will want to pass on to others regularly.

The preceding was first published in Modern Reformation. Used by permission of the author.