Day 54


Fascinating Facts of the Faith

2008 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 978-1-60260-013-3

Notable Books
With Christ in the School of Prayer
By Andrew Murray (1885)

     Readers today may not be aware that the book they hold in their hands, With Christ in the School of Prayer, debuted more than a hundred years ago. Still in print, Andrew Murray’s classic exposition continues to gather devoted readers with its message of hope and confidence in the power of prayer.
     Murray, a minister in the Dutch reformed Church in South Africa, found his congregations sadly lukewarm in regard to prayer. He realized that for most believers it was routine, ineffectual, and shallow. In With Christ in the School of Prayer, Murray aimed to light a fire in the prayer lives of believers by designing thirty-one lessons around the prayers of Jesus Christ recorded in the Gospels. He framed each study to bring readers to a fuller realization of God’s work in their lives. In the book, Murray invites believers to communicate with God not to gain favor with Him, but in order to joyfully surrender to His will and purpose. 
     Murray’s spiritual insights frequently ran afoul of orthodox Reformed theology. Nonetheless, he held to his conviction that each believer should expect and would receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
     While the language of the original appears dated to the modern reader, Murray’s short, concise chapters appeal to contemporary taste. His fervent passion for his subject comes across through real-life examples familiar to anyone who has grappled with what it means to pray. In Murray’s words, fellow believers hear and learn from the vibrant voice of passion, experience, wisdom, and faith.

FACT: Andrew Murray wrote, “If there is one thing I think the Church needs to learn, it is that God means prayer to have an answer, and that it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive what God will do for His child who gives himself to believe that his prayer will be heard.”

[Jesus said,] “This, then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.'”
Matthew 6:9

What would Andrew Murray say about the Church as a whole today? To be sure across this world there are pockets of Believers who are fervent prayers — we need more.

Praying for These

Reports on Jenny are very good — she is out of PICU and will soon be going home to continue her recovery.  Thank You, JESUS!! 
Last I heard Iris was coming along well.
I’m waiting for current word on Rosemary and Perry — but I am expecting good reports from each.  Keep praying.

ABBA, thank You for the privilege of prayer. Thank You for saints long ago as to our time who are now with You.  Thank You for the promise of fellowship and perhaps comparing notes in the eternity. Thank You for the glorious future You are preparing  for us.  Thank You for Jenny’s recovery. Thank You for recoveries for Iris, Rosemary and Perry too. Thank You for Your tending and interventions with all who are listed at Praying for These. Thank You for our IDOK Troops and we continue to pray for safety, protection and safe returns home for each of them. And as You have brought her to mind I pray for Elaine, thank You for blog friendships and I ask that You continue to minister to her and through her. Thank You for the conference this weekend — I only ask that You be there in Your Glory and heal and restore Your Daughters in JESUS name. Amen and amen.

Until then + + +

Be sure to spend some time in corporate worship with other believers this weekend.  And, and — it is not too late to get that ticket and get to the Conference. Click HERE for more information.

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