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Falling in Love with Prayer Falling in Love with Prayer

Mike Macintosh
ISBN 9780781440073 (0781440076)
Kingsway, 2004

Category: Prayer and Poetry

If you take this book's message on board, your life will be transformed. Let me repeat that: if you take this book's message on board, your life will be transformed.

In a way the title is misleading: falling in love with prayer is actually a way in to something much deeper, much more profound: falling in love with God. And that's what this book is about: helping people — ordinary people, you & me — to know and love God. Prayer is an inevitable outcome: when you're in love, you communicate, and prayer is communication.

Mike Macintosh is no magician — unlike The Prayer of Jabez (see below) there are no quick-fix or get-rich magic formulas here. But what you will find is patience, determination and passion, a heartfelt message from a man who knows that God is not out there somewhere but is here and now, longing and waiting to hear from you. Macintosh doesn't use this analogy himself, but what he's describing here is the ultimate broadband experience: always-on, 24/7, maximum bandwidth, unlimited, unrestricted access — not to some computer-generated virtual reality but to the Creator of the Universe.

The chapters are an ideal length for daily reading — they should take you ten to twenty minutes each — and that's the approach I'd recommend, allowing yourself time to reflect on what you've read. You'll find Macintosh's approach down to earth, to the point and biblically based, drawing on examples from scripture, from his own and from others' experiences. Each chapter sets the scene with a quote from another Christian writer (Richard Foster, D L Moody, Catherine Marshall, to name just a few) and the book itself ends with a study guide linked to each chapter, as well as a bibliography offering suggestions for further reading.

Issuing an important corrective to the Prayer of Jabez "Me First" approach to prayer, in Chapter Nine Macintosh explains that prayer is not about manipulating God but about aligning ourselves with God's will. "The bottom line," he writes, "is this: Prayer has little to do with possessions, money and things. It has everything to do with deepening our relationship with the Lord, growing into the person he wants us to become, and seeking to expand and enrich his kingdom." (p.139).

If you're looking for a book that will reintroduce you to the basics of prayer, that will help re-energise your relationship with God (or even get it off to a start from scratch), then this is the book for you. Read and be transformed.

Phil Groom, July 2004

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