I must admit that I felt the sense of urgency that Henry & Norman Blackaby conveyed in their co-authored book, Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example, “An immediate urgency of the hour in which we live, and the impact we can have through our prayers.” Dr.’s Henry (father) and Norman (son) Blackaby are with Blackaby Ministries International, an organization founded to help people experience God.
The Blackabys stress how we need to pray as Jesus did. We think WE are busy. But for Jesus, people wanted his attention unlike anything we could imagine in our own lives, but prayer and constant communion was all important in the life of Jesus. The authors discuss questions like: Did Jesus pray for “the world” or did he have specific prayers of intercession for those who might be God’s people? Are we to be sent out in the midst of a lost world? Does Jesus still intercede for us? What is a factor for the weak condition of God’s people in churches presently? Are difficult people brought into our lives? What is the importance of praying for our daily needs and for forgiveness? Does prayer release our lives to the Father? Can your life “affect eternity for those around you”? What about spending all night in prayer?
Readers will walk away from this book with an understanding not only of the importance of prayer, but the passion we need to have in our prayers, and the passion we need for prayer itself. It’s about finding God’s assignment through prayer, and not about “our agenda” but His. The authors also write about prayer being a time of searching with all our heart, of a fear of the Lord, and a “sense of accountability” and of awe.
If you think of church as a big social club or are not ready to do what God is called you to, this book may not be for you--or maybe it is. This is a no-nonsense call to revival. What will happen when we learn to pray as Jesus prayed? How can our world be affected? If you are someone who wants to explore questions as these, this is a book for you. – Debra Murphy, Christian Book Previews.com
It’s not an activity. Nor a chore. Prayer is a way of life. Here’s how you can move beyond rituals and discover new intimacy with Jesus.
Henry and Norman Blackaby’s thorough study of Jesus’ prayer life reveals astounding truths about God’s intent for prayer. By the time you turn the last page of this 2006 National Day of Prayer book, your old notions will be replaced by the reality of Jesus’ example. You’ll experience the power of heaven and earth being joined together as the King of all creation lays His heart over yours. Your will becomes aligned with His.
Discover freedom from methods and formulas, the beauty of a gentle step-by-step reformation process, and let God unfold His mighty purposes for you.