12 Quotes on Prayer from Tim Keller

If you’re looking for my review of Prayer from Tim Keller, I’m sorry you won’t find it here. Today I’m blogging over at The Brave Reviews. Along with my review you’ll also find some great content from a wonderful team of contributors. Spend some time there and have a look around. While you’re here though, here are some of the quotes I neatly underlined from Prayer. If I wrote here every quote I found that was helpful, you’d find the entire contents of the book listed here. Again, check out my friends over at The Brave Reviews and drop them a line and let them know what you think of the site. Without any more jibber jabber on my part, here are 12 quotes from Tim Keller on the wonderful subject of prayer.

  1. A rich, vibrant, consoling, hard-won prayer life is the one good that makes it possible to receive all other kinds of goods rightly and beneficially. (21)
  2. The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life. (23)
  3. There is a longing in prayer that is never fulfilled in this life, and sometimes the deep satisfactions we are looking for in prayer feel few and far between. (30)
  4. We can define prayer as a personal, communicative response to the knowledge of God. (45)
  5. Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1-14) because no more comprehensive, personal, and beautiful communication of God is possible. (49)
  6. If the goal of prayer is a real, personal connection with God, then it is only by immersion in the language of the Bible that we will learn to pray, perhaps just as slowly as a child learns to speak. (55)
  7. In every case the nature of the prayer is determined by the character of God, who is at once our friend, father, lover, shepherd, and king. (60)
  8. The Word of God created within David the desire, drive, and strength to pray. The principle: God speaks to us in his Word, and we respond in prayer, entering into the diving conversation, into communion with God. (64)
  9. Anyone with real faith will desire to pray because, through the Spirit, prayer is faith become audible. (70)
  10. Prayer is the way to experience a powerful confidence that God is handling our lives well, that our bad things will turn out for good, our good things cannot be taken from us, and the best things are yet to come. (73)
  11. Ordinary prayer, which is either completely extempore or based on a list of prayer needs, often cannot draw the mind’s attention fully away from what occupied it previously. (94)
  12. Prayer should be done regularly, persistently, resolutely, and tenaciously at least daily, whether we feel like it or not. (121)
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