As believers, we are called to pray without ceasing, but if we are honest, this is one of the hardest parts of a Christian’s life. Paul E. Miller explores the difficulty of prayer in his 2009 book, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World. The difficulty, he argues, is buried in a deep-rooted unbelief, but “when you know that you (like Jesus) can’t do life on your own, then prayer makes complete sense.”
The author addresses one manifestation of unbelief as he confronts the cynicism that often begins as a seed for our personal rebellion against God. As that seed grows inside of us, we might be outwardly conforming to church culture and continuing to speak the language of fellow believers while knowing our heart is not submitting to the truth of scripture and reality of Christ. As a result, we begin to doubt the genuineness of those around us. Miller explores his own experience with this and testifies to the ways God reveals His glory to him.
This book does not just pay lip service to the importance of prayer while leaving believers in the same place they started. It is actually an attempt to remove any disingenuous rhetoric from the Christian’s mouth altogether. The reader walks away with a renewed understanding of what it means to pray and what might have kept him from trusting God in the first place. If you find it difficult to trust God or find yourself wondering how to pray to our almighty creator, this book will help weed out some lies that might be keeping you from the communion with God you were created for.
“When you stop trying to control your life and instead allow your problems and anxieties to bring you to God in prayer, you shift from worrying to watching. You watch God weave his patterns in the story of your life. Instead of trying to be out front, designing your life, you realize you are inside God’s drama. As you wait, you begin to see him work, and your life begins to sparkle with wonder. You are learning to trust again.”