Monday, May 26, 2008

Prayer: A Holy Occupation by Oswald Chambers

This book by Oswald Chambers is one to take slowly so you can contemplate his powerful quotes and answer the questions he designed to challenge the reader. There are 18 chapters that complete this statement - "A Holy Occupation Requires:" Boldness, Childlikeness, Communion, Concentration, Desire, Discipline, Faith, Honesty, Intimacy, Obedience, Patience, Power, Purpose, Silence, Simplicity, Wonder, Work, and Worship.

The introduction says: "THE JOB of every Christian is to pray... He wants us to prayer. Always and about everything. During times of joy as well as sorrow. He wants us to talk to Him, not about Him. He wants us to talk to Him about unbelievers before we talk to unbelievers about Him. Prayer is our business, our only business. Prayer is our holy occupation. Plain and simple."

This book could be read quickly in a couple hours, or it could be savored over weeks as you make applications from the principles shared. The selections covered in this book were chosen from a great variety of books by Oswald Chambers. There is a listing at the end of the book that shares which book each selection was taken from. Check your local library or Christian bookstore for a copy.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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