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EBOOK Developing a Healthy Prayer Life (Beeke)

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Is your prayer life characterized by such things as sincerity, urgency, and delight?

Engagement in prayer is a vital part of our communion with God, making a profound impact on our growth in grace. In this book, you will find thoughtful meditations on prayer in the life of the believer, as well as ample encouragement to cultivate this spiritual discipline in your own life.

If you want to be more devoted to prayer, or simply want to assess the health of your prayer life, read this book. It provides both a helpful examination and a needed tonic for those concerned about growing in godliness.

Table of Contents:

  1. Who Should Pray?
  2. Pray in Christ’s Name
  3. Pray Believingly
  4. Pray Privately
  5. Pray Submissively
  6. Pray Humbly
  7. Pray Boldly
  8. Pray Waiting upon God
  9. Pray Intercedingly
  10. Pray Perseveringly
  11. Pray Thankfully
  12. Wrestling in Prayer
  13. Waiting for Answers to Prayer
  14. Pray with Appetite
  15. Pray for Laborers
  16. Pray Watchfully
  17. Pray Sincerely
  18. Pray by the Spirit
  19. Pray and Work
  20. Pray Reverently
  21. Pray Fervently
  22. Pray Constantly
  23. Pray Dependently
  24. Unfulfilled Prayer
  25. Lust-Driven Prayer
  26. Pray Openly and Unworthily
  27. Pray against besetting Sins
  28. Pray for Contentment
  29. Pray with Scripture
  30. Pray Thoughtfully
  31. To Those Who Cannot Pray 

Appendix: 31 Marks of True Prayer 


James Beeke is a former Ministry of Education Inspector/Director over Private Schools in British Columbia (Canada) and Superintendent of British Columbia-certified schools in China.

Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.


“The ancient formula, ‘the law of praying is the law of believing’ (lex orandi, lex credendi), or, using other words, the way we pray determines what we believe, expresses an important but forgotten truth. To this adage we would add ‘the law of living’ (lex vivendi), that is, the way we pray determines the way we live. The strength of Developing a Healthy Prayer Life is that its 31 studies treat prayer not as an aspect of the Christian life, but as the Christian life itself. The Christian life is a life of humble, submissive, patient, persevering, trusting, thanking, wrestling, waiting, working, reverent, fervent, constant, dependent, contented, and thoughtful praying and living.

As we pray, so we live, and as we live, so we pray. We have needed a book that comprehensively, yet simply, teaches us to pray, not by techniques (though some how-to’s are helpful), but by uniting prayer in the presence of God with life in the presence of God; that shows us how dependent and reverent living arises out of dependent and reverent praying. Developing a Healthy Prayer Life is just the book to help us to unite our praying and our living in a Christ-honoring whole.” — Terry Johnson, Senior Minister of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia, and author of The Family Worship Book