As many of you may already know, several years ago I created a course on prayer, which I have been teaching at Washington Adventist University for the past 17 years. I must say that it has proven to be a blessing, not just for those students in search of developing a better understanding of what prayer is all about and the role that it is to play in the life of the believer, but it has greatly enriched my life as well. Each time I stand before my students and begin to share of the rich experience that prayer can play in their daily lives, I too am reminded of the blessing that it has been and continues to be in my life. To know that the Creator of this vast universe desires to experience intimate relationship with such a defective vessel as myself, the vehicle of prayer is at times hard to express in mere words.
Recently I stumbled across a book on prayer that I not only use in teaching my course on prayer, but it also serves as part of my daily devotional. The book I’m referring to is, The Seven Prayer of Jesus by Laszlo Gallusz. What makes this book stand out form all the other books on prayer that I already have in my library, and trust me I do have a few, is that Gallusz looks at prayer not merely from the usual treatment of being a door to the storehouse of God. He provides his readers with a fresh biblical perspective on the prayers of Jesus, while at the same time inspiring them to see prayer as the one source of food their diets cannot do without.
Now, I know that some of you may be thinking, “Oh no, another book on prayer.” But trust me when I tell you that I have read many books on this topic and none has impacted me as greatly as Gallusz’s The Seven Prayers of Jesus. And regardless of how many books you may have read on the topic, there is always another perspective that may be just what the doctor ordered. Because as Gallusz reminds us, “…when it comes to prayer, the reality is that we are all beginners. Genuine prayer is something that we need to learn over again.” And yes, I must definitely place myself at the top of the list. What teaching this course on prayer has taught me and continues to teach me is that the more I learn, the more I recognize I do not know.
So, if you are like me and are looking for a fresh new biblical perspective on prayer, one that will not only inform but inspire, I invite you to join me on a journey each Wednesday evening at 7 here at Sligo Church for the next seven weeks, as we prepare to experience the mystery that is God through the discipline of prayer. If for some reason you are unable to be a part of our Prayer Gathering, I invite you to get the book anyway and begin your own journey to a deeper experience with the Divine. It is an experience, I pray, that will forever change the way you look at prayer, as well as your view of the God of prayer.