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The Prayer Life [Illustrated] [Annotated]

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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One of the best classic work on prayer from one of the most beloved of all devotional writers.
Andrew Murray believed that the g
Kindle Edition, 116 pages
Published March 18th 2011 by Niche Edition (first published January 1st 1914)
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Lizzy 찡긋 Kim
Itself was good but members who read this book together were best. That's why I rated it 5Stars.
It seems more important that members and the period of reading than the book itself.
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read a chapter and a half . . . and I'm already convicted!! But inspired!
This is gonna be an awesome book! Read it, read it read it!
Joshua Cannon
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murray
I should have been reading Andrew Murray's works years ago. I was edified, challenged and spurred onto much greater intimacy with Jesus. ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The message of the book was really powerful but if I didn't read it with my bookclub buddies, I wouldn't have felt it this way. I had a good time with buddies. ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Satan endeavours to become the master of the Christian prayer time."

That statement is written on the third last page of this marvellous book but is a great reminder of where the battle for our souls is played out. The enemy knows we are ineffective against him if we aren't praying.

Andrew Murray in this relatively short book emphases the power of prayer by exploring Jesus' commitment to it. His ministry wouldn't have been as effective if it weren't for His prayer life. I know I often forget this
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good mainly with the issue of prayerlessness. A challenging book that if not heeded our prayers will not be effective, but bounce back to us from the ceiling. Changes are called for and there is a great reward waiting for those who prepare to bow the knee.
Ryan Rindels
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Convicting. There is some great devotional work done by Scottish Presbyterian/Dutch Reformed Christians in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Kevin Halloran
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, prayer
Convicting and encouraging. It's no wonder to me that many consider Murray's writing classic. My quibble with this is my quibble with Murray's Keswick-influenced theology: it contains some subtle "Let go let God" terminology. It's not pervasive, but I caught him encouraging passivity in regards to letting God come fill you and giving you the Spirit of prayer. It was hard for me to know what he really meant with that. For that reason, I'd recommend this book to mature believers and probably point ...more
Maui Rochell
Decided to finish reading this in time of our prayer and fasting and it convicted me so much of my sin of prayerlessness. I pray of course but it's just that it's not enough. I knew it wasn't yet enough because I used to be so passionate in praying especially for other people. Interceding was once my favorite thing to do to express my love for a person. But a lot of things got in the way and I chose to fight for my intimacy with the Lord most of the time.

So along with the prayer & fasting time,
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was published in 1941 called The Prayer Life. Not sure if this is the same book or not. Anyway, Murray's hope was to encourage a life of prayer and hidden fellowship with God. He hoped to encourage those in conflict. A reminder that everything depends on obedience and a fellowship of helping one another. ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Begin at the beginning. Be faithful in the inner chamber. ...bow in silence before the loving Lord Jesus, who so longs after you.” Excellent admonition for prayer and the sin of prayerlessness.
I will probably read this book again.
vicki malk
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Needful read!

Anyone serious about their relationship with Jesus should read this book!
A prayerful life is the strength for people of faith.
Nathan Hardt
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though written long ago, this is convicting and inspiring. Truly timeless! I will read this again.
Alex Lupoian
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great little book about prayer and about spiritual life.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christians believe that we have access 24/7 to the Creator of the universe. So why does praying to Him seem like such a chore so much of the time to some of us? (Many of us, I suspect.)
Andrew Murray called it the sin of prayerlessness, and he took it on in this short but challenging book, written as an outgrowth of a ministers' conference held in South Africa in 1912.
I can't really do justice to his answers to the problem, but one thing that emerges is that it takes time, and the time must be sp
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the better books by Andrew Murray, in my opinion.

I think I read this book a couple of times many years ago. But right now, in my spiritual life, it seems to speak to what I am facing and feel the need for --- a strong consistent prayer-life.

He starts out talking about the 'sin of prayerlessness'. Once that is accepted, admitted, then one can move on. But one can't get overcome the sin of prayerlessness by one's own strength anymore than one can overcome the sin of whatever --- in
Rock Rockwell
Oct 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians frustrated with their prayer life
Murray does NOT give a 12 step program of how to pray - YES! Murray's book actually gives short chapters that encourage worship and devotion to Christ in order to repent of the sin of not praying. In repentance of this sin, God will endue strength and power into your life to make communion a normal prayer language at all times. Murray takes great pains to encourage the reader to understand the gospel and God's heart towards us so we want to pray to our great God with intimacy (and the Spirit's p ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book for those believers (like myself) who find themselves struggling in their prayer life. It is very convicting and Murray is convinced that prayerlessness in the life of a Christian is actually sin. He shows you from Scripture how a weak or non-existent prayer life limits what we can accomplish for God's Kingdom. I found myself identifying all too often with the spiritual failures that come with a life of prayerlessness. It is my hope and prayer that I will not have just ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Murray was a sincere Christian from South Africa. He is the author of many volumes dealing with prayer and the deeper Christian life. This little volume is divided into three sections - The Prayer Life, The Inner Room, and The Deepest Secret of Pentecost. We would all do well to heed the instructions and admonitions given by this Saint of God. Preachers, he admonishes us on the time we spend in daily prayer. Read this devotional that deals with what he called the greatest roadblock to spi ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-life
This book would more accurately be titled "The Believer's Life". This is a compilation of short essays from Murray on the Christian life. There is a prominent theme of prayer but it is much broader than this. It is a GREAT work but for the primary topics of abiding in Christ and being intentional in prayer, more recent works are more comprehensive and flow better; the one page chapter style is not my favorite. ...more
Lance Towers
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prayer
I long to be done with finding reasons to validate the need for prayer-less seasons in life. And a quest for strength is leading me to the words of men like Andrew Murray. In this book he puts forth clear assertions as to prayer's importance, going so far as to say, "What God wants to accomplish will not be done without prayer." I am holding steadfastly to this truth with gratitude for the men and women who proclaim it. ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the best book I have read by Andrew Murray, but it is a powerful exploration of how prayer is the answer to living a life of power, fulfillment and complete commitment to the Christian walk. It is a classic and should be on the must read list of any Christian.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely give five stars...this Classic deserves a clean seven. there is no way to walk away with a weak ineffective prayer life or stale relationship with Christ when reading this treasure. Gifted to me by great friend Kevin Young, i will be grateful all fall!
Seth Goldsmith
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realize this is not a devotional book, but it is the best devotional book I've ever read! I read a chapter a day and still go back and reference the things I've learned from this book that have deepened my prayer life. ...more
Spaz tastic!!
This book was a blessing when it came to the topic of prayer. This was my first book to read by Andrew Murray. I'm sure I'll be returning to this one to read once again. It was so good, I'm starting to read another one of his, "School of Prayer". ...more
Mike Harrison
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prevailing prayer in the will of God directed by the Spirit of God engages the power of God in the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone answering God's call to prayer or wanting to know more about prayer ...
always good Murray writing and inspiriting in the area of prayer -
knowledgeable author - solid teaching..
May 11, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thank God that I got hold of this book....
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing and encouraging!
Rachel Svendsen
The message of this book was excellent and necessary. The reason I rated it so low was the repetitive way it was presented.
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