Paul Miller’s book, A Prayer Life, is chock-full of wisdom on prayer. But Miller is more than wise, he’s incisive. He spends much of his time addressing our hearts in prayer. He’s not content to talk about strategies and methods to pray more consistently, though he doesn’t neglect those either. Miller spends a concentrated effort on the posture of our hearts toward God in prayer. Here’s an example I found illuminating:
When Jesus prays at Gethsemane “take this cup from me,” he is being real; Christians rush to “not my will, but yours be done” without first expressing their hearts (Luke 22:42, NIV). They submit so quickly that they disappear…When we stop being ourselves with God, we are no longer in real conversation with God.
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