So many books. So little time. Tozer is my “undiscovered author,” and it’s not as if I haven’t delighted in brief quotations of his words — a mix of the understated and the profound. It is even true that portions of his sermons read online have jolted me awake to God’s holiness and drawn me closer to the rosy glow of truth.
Now, thanks to W.L. Seaver, I’ve spent some focused time with Tozer’s writing, for he has compiled Tozer’s insights on prayer from sixteen of his books and several sermons. Prayer: Communing with God in Everything is a skillfully curated scrapbook that captures Tozer’s knack for portraying the majesty of God in all things. While prayer is portrayed in all its efficacy and mystery, it is still abundantly clear to the reader that “God will never be other than Himself, no matter how many people pray, nor how long, nor how earnestly.”
Having said that, Tozer urges believers to:
- “pray past the ordinary into the unusual;
- enter the prayer chamber filled with faith and armed with courage;
- bring his will into line with the will of God so God can do what he has all along been willing to do.”
Three features of these collected insights are most helpful:
- Mr. Seaver has organized the material so that excerpts concerning the correction of common misconceptions about prayer are grouped together, as are motivational excerpts for making the most of one’s prayer life. Each chapter has been labeled with its source and date of publication for ease of future study.
- For readers who are new to reading theology, W.L. Seaver’s commentary following each chapter will be a confidence builder, answering the question: “Did I get the point here?” For the teacher who needs resources to fuel a class on prayer, the work of compiling material, writing questions for reflection, and making application with specific Scripture passages has already been done.
- Tozer’s sermon transcripts reveal his pastoral heart and his deep conviction of the enduring truth of God’s Word. Step-by-step and story-by-story, principles and examples from Scripture become recommendations from an older and wiser friend who is in awe of God, who has seen with his own eyes that “God will make iron swim,” and who challenges his listeners to join him on their knees.
This book was provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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