Book Review: Becoming The Answer To Our Prayers

I recently finished a short little book on prayer entitled, Becoming The Answer To Our Prayers. It was written by the highly-acclaimed author Shane Claiborne and one of his college buddies, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. It’s a short exposition on prayer, not necessarily on how to pray but looking deeper at three prayers we find in scripture. The book is divided into three sections. The first looks in depth at the Lord’s prayer. The second explores Jesus’ prayer in John 17. And the third examines Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus.

It was a decent read. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. After Shane’s last two books, I was eagerly anticipating reading this one. It seemed as if he repeated much of the material. There wasn’t a whole lot of new stuff besides the insights added by Wilson-Hartgrove. However, throughout the book they included some prayers from Christians who have walked before us and some of them are quite beautiful.

A couple of lines from the book that stuck out to me:

“Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants to do.”

“Prayer is about having a romance with the Divine.”

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