An introduction to the practice of prayer with Scripture, this book includes a number of themes for prayer with suggested passages for meditation. Martin Smith believes that prayer is not an act we perform, but rather is a response to God's reaching out to us. Through scriptural passages this book shows how the Bible can guide our prayer response and lead us from conversational prayer to meditative, receptive prayer with Scripture. This book is ideal for an ongoing Bible, prayer, or discernment group.
In his new book Martin Smith understands both the desire and the need to pray and the many resistances and fears that pull us away from prayer. . . . His deep experience shows through in every level of this book. His is not some esoteric, academic treatment of the discipline of prayer. His knowledge of prayer is grounded in experience--in the experience of hundreds of people who want to know God, who long to draw near to God and who turn to Smith for guidance and help. As you read you feel as if Smith were calmly and prayerfully sitting in front of you, looking at your soul, strongly but gently loving you and helping you move more deeply towards God. It is a prayerful holy experience just to read this book. Your soul will stir. . . . "I have never read a deeper or more thorough treatment of our desire for prayer and at the same time our resistance to it, which Smith treats in Section One. Smith does not mince words. He is strong and articulate. He unveils our deep longing and desire for God. One feels one's heart burn as Smith writes about our desire for God and God's desire for us. . . . 'There are quite a number of books published on prayer and meditation. Many sound good and then fade. Not so with Martin Smith's book. It has fueled my thoughts and prayer for months. One walks away from this book with an even deeper desire to pray and specific help on how to do just that--to open one's heart to God.--Elisa DesPortes Wheeler "Virginia Seminary Journal "