Prayer is a crucial part of the Christian life, and believers must give it careful attention and cultivation. As they pray, Christians exercise their faith in repentance, in submission to God’s will, and in praise to God. Believers in Christ, then, must grow in their prayer life—in their communion with God.
In this pamphlet, Joel R. Beeke gives readers helpful, practical ways to improve their prayer lives by first disciplining themselves, in dependence on the Holy Spirit, and by then taking hold of God. Learn what a blessing it is to pray!
Take Inventory of Your Prayer Life
Take Hold of Yourself
Remember the Value of Prayer
Maintain the Priority of Prayer
Speak with Sincerity in Prayer
Cultivate Continual Prayer
Organize for Prayer
Use the Bible as Your Guide for Prayer
Refresh Your Prayers with Biblical Variety
Take Hold Of God
Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ for Prayer
Plead God’s Promises in Prayer
Look to the Glorious Trinity in Prayer
Believe That God Hears and Answers Prayer
Seek the Glory of God in Prayer
Develop a Right Heart toward God in Prayer
Rest with Contentment in God’s All-Sufficiency in Prayer
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
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.
“Joel Beeke helps readers balance the biblical realities that, for believers in Jesus Christ, prayer is as simple and as natural as breathing, and yet a practice that must be learned and requires perseverance. No matter what your level of spiritual maturity, you’ll encounter helpful reminders in this booklet that will encourage you in your prayer life.” — Donald S. Whitney, professor of biblical spiritually, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of Praying the Bible