Prayer

Andrew Davis | November 3, 2014


Timothy Keller. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. New York, NY: Dutton, 2014. 321 pp. $26.95.

Two potent images come into my mind as I try to describe the gift Tim Keller has given to the church in his masterful Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God [interview | 20 quotes]. The first is of a veteran war captain preparing one of his soldiers for battle. He leads the warrior into an arsenal the soldier scarcely dreamed existed and shows him a vast array of weaponry with which he will fight the battle. The foes are strong: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. But the prize awaiting the victors is eternally glorious: the advance of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. The arsenal is ancient, tested, and powerful under God to defeat this three-fold foe. With skill, Keller plays the role of a proven commander outfitting a soldier for the battle—picking up this weapon or that shield and showing the soldier how powerful each will be on the battlefield (Eph. 6:10–18). The second image is of a wealthy manor house owner spreading a sumptuous feast for his guests. He seats each in his place at the…


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