Another newbie from Tim Keller’s prolific penmanship or more likely the laptop!
Here’s some of the best take-away quotes from his invitation to experience awe and intimacy with God.
“Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.” p5
“Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves………. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.” p18
“It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances.” *boom! p20
“The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life.” p23
“Our prayers should arise out of immersion in the Scripture…….The wedding of the Bible and prayer anchors your life down in the real God.” p55-56
“We would never produce the full range of biblical prayer if we were initiating prayer according to our own inner needs and psychology. It can only be produced if we are responding in prayer according to who God is as revealed in the Scripture. . . . Some prayers in the Bible are like an intimate conversation with a friend, others like an appeal to a great monarch, and others approximate a wrestling match. We must not decide how to pray based on what types of prayer are the most effective for producing the experiences and feelings we want. We pray in response to God himself.” p60
“A triune God would call us to converse with him . . . because he wants to share the joy he has. Prayer is our way of entering into the happiness of God himself.” p68
“When life is going smoothly, and our truest heart treasures seem safe, it does not occur to us to pray.” p77
“Prayer is like waking up from a nightmare to reality. We laugh at what we took so seriously inside the dream. We realize that all is truly well. Of course, prayer can have the opposite effect; it can puncture illusions and show us we are in more spiritual danger than we thought.” p130