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A Simple Way to Pray (5th Edition)

A Simple Way to Pray (5th Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Archie Parrish , Greg Bailey , R.C. Sproul , J.C. Poole

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The purpose of this book is to learn from Martin Luther’s example in prayer and his advice on prayer so that your prayer becomes more biblical, bold, powerful, and proactive, resulting in blessing for you, your family, your church, and the people in your circle of influence. Reading this book can provide significant benefit and participating in a group discussion will provide greater benefit.

For 18 years Luther developed his prayer life and prepared tools to train pastors to train parents to train children. Then, in 1535, when asked by his barber for advice on prayer, the great Reformer wrote a letter in which he describes his own personal practice of prayer. This letter became a small book and many versions of Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray are available.

In this book, Dr. Archie Parrish places Luther’s letter in the context of his life and times. He develops how Luther “warmed his heart with the Psalms.” Luther’s guidance leads believers to recite the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Parrish expounds on this to show the place of spiritual discipline in building the life of prayer.

A Participant’s Guide was developed to provide coaching for forty-two days of personal devotions and/or preparation for group discussion. A Facilitator’s Guide was developed to coach facilitators through starting and maintaining group discussions. These tools can help you maximize the benefits you gain from A Simple Way to Pray.

Four benefits participants have gained from group discussion of A Simple Way to Pray:
1. Your prayer becomes more biblical, bold, powerful, and proactive.
2. Gaps between what you say you believe about prayer and how you actually pray decrease.
3. Conformity to the likeness of Christ increases (Rom 8:29).
4. Your joy and fruitfulness increase.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Serve International; 5 edition (12 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055OC40A
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching on prayer... 30 Jun 2011
By Ian Acheson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want to enhance your prayer life, read this book.

The book extols Luther's practice of using Scripture in his prayers, in particular, the Ten Commandments and the Psalms. Luther prayed four hours every day, which is incredible and this book provides details of some of his prayers.

The last chapter is particularly good which outlines the necessary discipline required to enhance one's prayer life. "Exercise yourself towards godliness" (1 Tim 4:7). He cited 7 disciplines:

1. Solitude
2. Silence
3. Listening
4. Meditating
5. Journaling
6. Praying
7. Obeying

I've started praying the Psalms and spending more time listening & meditating which I've found to be of immediate benefit.

Highly recommend this little book. I expect it will be on high rotation on my book shelf for a while whilst I bed down some of its lessons.

Note: I read an actual book, not the Kindle edition (124 pages).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Prayer 1 Nov 2011
By Dr. David Steele - Published on
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The Kindle edition of A Simple Way to Pray by Archie Parrish is a welcome complement to the growing amount of Reformed literature.

Luther spells out his approach to prayer as he approaches the Ten Commandments, Lord's Prayer, and Apostles' Creed: "Take care not to undertake ... so much that one becomes weary in spirit ... It is enough to consider one section or half a section which kindles (no word play here ... Guttenberg had only recently invented moveable type!) a fire in the heart ... If in the midst of such thoughts the Holy Spirit begins to preach in your heart with rich, enlightening thoughts, honor Him by letting go of this written scheme; be still and listen to Him who can do better than you can do. Remember what He says and note it well and you will behold wondrous things in the law of God."

A Simple Way to Pray is a much-needed work in our day of prayerlessness. I am reminded that every major move of God in church history has been fueled by prayer. Oh that the church would spend time on her knees. We look forward to a new reformation and revival. We long for a church that cherishes God's Word, refuses to compromise God's Word and is blood-earnest about fulfilling the Great Commission to the glory of God!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Simple Way to Pray 26 Mar 2013
By Reader - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book and learning to pray the Lord's Prayer as well as the 10 Commandments.
It opened me up to both the Lord's Prayer and 10 Commandments and opening my heart to His words and
commandments for my life. I love my prayer time and this expanded it and gave me deeper options other
than my list of prayer concerns that I normally go through. I really enjoy time with the Lord and
want to open my heart to hearing His word.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read ! 5 April 2014
By Barbara - Published on
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Sometimes we are so busy being who we are in this world ( mother, spouse , teacher, etc) that we forget why we are here. To learn how to pray covers it all..praise, petition, worship, confession, intercession. Praying enables us to be effective in this world, and makes us ready for the life to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Updated Version 5 Jan 2013
By James - Published on
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Excellent updated version of Martin Luther's original work to his barber's question, "How should I pray?" (Improve my prayer life).

Very concise with updated commentary and anecdotes bookending the original work, Archie does an excellent job of re-releasing a timeless classic that helped to reinvigorate and refocus my own prayer life.
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