Timothy Keller on The Power of Prayer

Every once in a while I come across a book that upon finishing it I think, "this is sure to be a classic." Timothy Keller's recent book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, is one such book. Here is an extended quote that really grabbed me. I hope it grabs you, too!

"The power of our prayers, then, lies not primarily in our effort and striving, or in any technique, but rather in our knowledge of God. You may respond, “But God spoke audible words to Job out of a storm. I wish God spoke to me like that.” The answer is— we have something better, an incalculably clearer expression of God’s character. “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son . . . the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Heb 1: 1– 3). Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1: 1– 14) because no more comprehensive, personal, and beautiful communication of God is possible. We cannot look directly at the sun with our eyes. The glory of it would immediately overwhelm and destroy our sight. We have to look at it through a filter, and then we can see the great flames and colors of it. When we look at Jesus Christ as he is shown to us in the Scriptures, we are looking at the glory of God through the filter of a human nature." 

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