When You're Sick of Prayer
Two books that make a delightful difference.
Review by Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
Addressing fellow believers, J. C. Ryle once wrote, "If I know anything of a Christian's heart, you are often sick of your own prayers." The sickness is drearily familiar: You can't think of what to say. Or you tell God he's majestic, but then you recall that the Subaru needs an oil change. You promise God that you'll fight the good fight and doze off as you speak. You feel stagy and self-conscious at prayer. You try to confess your sins, but your shifty psyche won't come clean. (Both of these fine new books quote C. S. Lewis, who fought his dishonest prayers by beginning like this: "May it be the real I who speaks; may it be the real Thou that I speak to.")
[review of two books: Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight by J. I. Packer and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference by Phillip Yancey]