Pray Big. Alistair Begg. The Good Book Company, 2019
Of the making of books on prayer there seems to be no end, and that fact probably reflects the need that almost of all of us feel for more help in this vitally important area of our Christian lives. The problem, in my experience, is that most books on prayer leave me feeling guilty.
However, this little book on praying big left me inspired and I warmly commend it. We recently read through it as a congregation, and the universal reaction was one of being greatly helped and blessed.
Alistair Begg takes Paul’s prayers in Ephesians 1 and 3 as his base and draws out numerous practical lessons from them, wonderfully aided by frequent quotations from hymns and poems, and closing each chapter with a ‘model’ prayer.
For me, the key to Begg’s whole approach was his concern that our praying should reflect Paul’s prayer priorities. His memorable sentence, “All that matters may be brought before God, but we must always bring before God those things that matter most” (p39), in so many ways sums up the burden of the book. Our prayers are so often largely taken up with the practical and material details of our everyday lives, whereas Paul, in his prayers, has his eyes overwhelmingly fixed on eternity and on spiritual matters.
You may have read many books on prayer but I am confident that you will find this additional volume enormously enriching and I would encourage you to do what we did and read it as a congregation or group and share your responses.
This was a review I submitted to Evangelicals Now, at their request and for which they provided a complimentary copy of the book.