Pray Big
So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been written on the subject and there's a reason for that. Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don't know what to say. What is it that my Father loves to hear about? What are the best things I could pray for my family, my church, and myself? I want to pray bigger, and better. And I want you to enjoy praying like that too. And to do that, we need to discover how to pray as the apostle Paul did. Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people's lives accordingly. He prayed and then was "watchful in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4 v 2), ready to see how God would be pleased to answer his prayers.This book focuses on Paul's prayer for his friends in the church in Ephesus, that he recounts to them in Ephesians 1 v 15-23 and 3 v 14-21. The truths that underpin and shape his prayers for them will motiva

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TitlePray Big
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ReleaseMay 1st, 2019
PublisherGood Book Company
ISBN-139781784983369
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GenreChristian, Religion, Faith, Nonfiction

Pray Big Review

  • Bill Pence
    January 1, 1970
    The author, a respected pastor, writes that he wants to pray bigger, and better, and he wants his readers to enjoy praying like that too. To do that, we need to discover how to pray as Paul did, which means we need to learn to believe what Paul did. Paul was a man who knew to whom he was praying. The author focuses on Paul’s prayers for his friends in the church in Ephesus, which he recounts to them in Ephesians 1: 15-23 and 3: 14-21. Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians from prison. The truth The author, a respected pastor, writes that he wants to pray bigger, and better, and he wants his readers to enjoy praying like that too. To do that, we need to discover how to pray as Paul did, which means we need to learn to believe what Paul did. Paul was a man who knew to whom he was praying. The author focuses on Paul’s prayers for his friends in the church in Ephesus, which he recounts to them in Ephesians 1: 15-23 and 3: 14-21. Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians from prison. The truths that underpin and shape Paul’s prayers will motivate us to pray, and they will help us know what to say.To pray is an admission and an expression of dependence. Real prayer is from a dependent person to a divine Person. Our conversation with others declares what is on our minds, but our conversation with God in private reveals what is in our hearts. Prayer reminds us who we are, and who our Father is. We come to a loving Father, but we do not come as his equal. The author mentions a few times that all that matters may be brought before God, but what we bring before God is not always what matters most. The book is organized around five great qualities for which Paul prays for his Ephesian brothers and sisters. They are:• Pray for Focus• Pray for Hope• Pray for Riches• Pray for Power• Pray for LoveThe author asks how might our prayer life be transformed if we used the headings of this book to shape our prayers. The author tells us that we pray for: • Ourselves. • Others. • The glory of God. The author quotes hymns throughout the book and ends each chapter with one of his own prayers. He writes that the reader might find it helpful to read one chapter of the book a week, and spend the rest of the week putting Paul’s divinely inspired wisdom into practice in your own prayers. Or, the reader could read it at the same time as a friend, and both commit to praying for each other in the ways the apostle lays out.I highlighted a number of passages as I read through this short book. Here are 10 of my favorite quotes: 1. When I read Paul’s prayers, I am always struck by the fact that many of the matters that are the focus of my prayers are absent in his. What is striking is the absence of material issues.2. When the eyes of our hearts are opened to our future, it changes our lives now—it reorders our priorities and our prayers. We pray less about the practical details of this life, and first and foremost about the spiritual realities of our eternal life.3. The most transformational thing you can do today is to look clearly at Christ with the eyes of your heart.4. The story of the Bible is the story of a God who seeks out people who are hiding from him.5. You are going to live forever. The only question is where.6. We know our best days are all ahead of us. We know that death isn’t the end of the best time of our life; it’s the start of it.7. We are richer than we realize. And one day in glory, we will be richer than we can even begin to imagine. We’ll be with God. 8. When you come to the end of your power, that is where you find his.9. Christianity is about the work of the Spirit to call you, convert you, and change you. 10. Small prayers betray a suspicion that we have a small God. We don’t. He is able to do immeasurably more than you can imagine.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Alistair Begg knows that most Christians (myself included) struggle with prayer. His solution is not to guilt you to pray, or give you some secret formula for prayer but to look at the prayers of Paul. The emphasis is on what he asked the Lord for, and who he prayed to! Begg gives suggested categories for prayer based on Paul's prayers: Pray for focus, Pray for hope, Pray for riches, Pray for power, Pray for love (pg. 41). [Hopefully it goes without saying that he means spiritual riches-Eph. 1:1 Alistair Begg knows that most Christians (myself included) struggle with prayer. His solution is not to guilt you to pray, or give you some secret formula for prayer but to look at the prayers of Paul. The emphasis is on what he asked the Lord for, and who he prayed to! Begg gives suggested categories for prayer based on Paul's prayers: Pray for focus, Pray for hope, Pray for riches, Pray for power, Pray for love (pg. 41). [Hopefully it goes without saying that he means spiritual riches-Eph. 1:18]. Overall, this is a very practical book, because it is a very theological book. Begg rightly shows us our dependence and God's sufficiency and generosity, and so this helps us want to pray and to have confidence in prayer! The book reminded me of a lesser-known hymn by John Newton, "Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare", where the second verse says: 'Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring; for his grace and pow'r are such, none can ever ask too much, none can ever ask too much.' Begg does not quote this hymn, but he uses many others. Each chapter also ends with a short prayer focused on the content of that chapter. I highly recommend this short, easy to read, yet eminently helpful book, for anyone who wants to grow in their desire and ability to pray, and shouldn't that be all of us?
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  • Thomas Creedy
    January 1, 1970
    Regular or historic readers of this blog will know that I’m fascinated by prayer, and though my own prayer life often lags behind my intent, I am keen to develop it, and find books helpful for giving me a kickstart. Alistair Begg’s new little book on prayer, Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle, is the most recent one of these that I have found helpful. Published by the Good Book Company (who kindly gave me a review copy) this is a short book on prayer that takes lessons and reflections from Regular or historic readers of this blog will know that I’m fascinated by prayer, and though my own prayer life often lags behind my intent, I am keen to develop it, and find books helpful for giving me a kickstart. Alistair Begg’s new little book on prayer, Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle, is the most recent one of these that I have found helpful. Published by the Good Book Company (who kindly gave me a review copy) this is a short book on prayer that takes lessons and reflections from the prayers of Paul to the church in Ephesus.Finish reading my review at my blog: https://www.thomascreedy.co.uk/book-r...
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  • Jennifer E. Crawford
    January 1, 1970
    This is a delightfully straightforward book on the reasons for and the practicality of prayer as demonstrated in the Bible, specifically in the prayers of Paul in Ephesians 1 and 3. The simplicity and beauty of these prayers are combined with the deep love of Paul for the Ephesians and his heartfelt desire for them to know the Lord Jesus Christ and all the riches of His glory so that they will know the love of Christ that surpasses understanding, and that they (and we!) may be filled with all th This is a delightfully straightforward book on the reasons for and the practicality of prayer as demonstrated in the Bible, specifically in the prayers of Paul in Ephesians 1 and 3. The simplicity and beauty of these prayers are combined with the deep love of Paul for the Ephesians and his heartfelt desire for them to know the Lord Jesus Christ and all the riches of His glory so that they will know the love of Christ that surpasses understanding, and that they (and we!) may be filled with all the fullness of God. What an awesome entreaty to God for his brothers and sisters in Christ!!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book this morning and just finished it. It's an easy read, but one that will be picked up again and again. When I first picked up this book I was hoping to be inspired to big faith and asking God for big things, instead Begg changed my definition of Big Things. Using Paul's prayers for the Ephesians, he lays out ways to pray for ourselves and others for the glory of God. I can see this book being one that I pick up again and again.
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  • Aaron Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Such a practical book on increasing your prayer life with God by Alistair Begg. It is written for both those starting off on their new journey of prayer and for those who are needing to re-establish praying like an apostle. Certainly a recommended read and basis for any Christian looking to reconnect thorough prayer.
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