The most helpful Christian book I’ve read this year.
One of the most helpful Christian books I’ve ever read.
Don Whitney’s Praying the Bible is a book I cannot recommend highly enough, especially if praying is something you struggle to do.
Praying the Bible is about praying the Bible.
Yet it is more than that.
Whitney’s diagnosis of the reason why prayer is a struggle will resonate with many. “The problem is not that we pray about the same old things. Rather its that we say the same old things about the same old things.”
The solution he suggests is so simple, and he makes the brilliant point that it should be. “If God invites and expect all his children to do the same things – to pray – then prayer has to be simple… Would your heavenly Father make prayer so difficult, or confusing that you could never enjoy it, or rather, never enjoy him through prayer?”
And what is his solution? You guessed it. Praying the Bible. “When you pray, pray through a passage of Scripture, particularly a psalm… The best place for learning to pray through a passage or scripture is in the book of Psalms.”
But what makes this book so useful, it is that Whiney doesn’t finish here. Having shown that the solution is to pray the Bible, he then step by step, shows you how to do this. “To pray the Bible, you simply go through the passage, line by line, talking to God about whatever comes to mind as you read the text.”
He then tells you to stop reading and having a go at putting this method into practice yourself. As well as this, he also deals with questions that may arise, such us what to do if you don’t understand the meaning of a verse, what happens if nothing comes to mind to pray about, or how do you incorporate your prayer lists into this method.
Praying the Bible is a book that all Christians would benefit from reading, especially new Christians wondering how to pray and what to pray, and anyone who finds prayer a struggle. Yet knowing that some people just won’t read books, the method Whitney outlines is something that pastors should teach and model to their congregations too.
Thank you Crossway for providing a free copy of this book through Beyond the Page.