Top Ten Books On Prayer

Since we are in a series of sermons on prayer I thought it would be appropriate to list what I consider to be the top ten books on how to pray. Maybe the Lord would lead you to purchase one or more of them as we go through the series. Each listing has a link to Amazon.com to purchase.

1. The Power of Prayer by R.A. Torrey

Torrey was the founder of Moody Bible Institute and Biola, and considered by man to be D.L. Moody’s Theologian. He was instrumental in developing the theological backbone for Mood’s revivals. He also experienced many great revivals himself, and is probably one of the greatest theologians of all time. This book has done more to influence my prayer life than any other work it is a great balance of theological ground work, and practical experience.

2. Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Madame Guyon

This book was written byJeanne Guyon, and it has played amajor part in shaping the prayer lives of amny influential christians including: Watchman Nee, Count Zinzenforf, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, A.W. Tozer, the early Quakers, Jessie Penn-Lewis and Hudson Taylor. It is a must read especially regarding praying in the Spirit.

3. Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite monk who after being born again realized that his chief purpose was to glorify God. In the kitchen of a Carmelite Monastery Brother Lawrence developed a method for perpetual communion with God. This book has taught me much about praying without ceasing.

4. E.M. Bounds Complete Collection on Prayer

Considered by many to be the seminal work on prayer, no prayer warrior should be without this collection. It is said that this Pastor “prayed a hole over Washington, Georgia”

5. Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards

Though David Brainerd only lived to his early thirties he brought whole Native American villages to Christ through a drunken interpreter, and dyeing of tuberculosis. How you ask? Prevailing Prayer!

6. Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill

Leonard Ravenhill was one of the most famous revivalists of the 20th century, and this fiery called to revival type praying will change your life.

7. Breakthrough Prayer by Jim Cymbala

Jim Cymbala is the Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle a Church of over 6,000 that started with 12 people. The secret to this growth and the many Emmys there church choir has won they would attribute all to prayer. Great read for when you really need a breakthrough.

8. Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets

I consider this hands down to be the greatest book on Intercession ever penned. The contribution this book will make to your prayer life, and especially intercession is invaluable.

9. Principles of Prayer by Charles Finney

Charles Finney saw great moves of the Spirit in New England in the 1800’s. This book is great overview of prayer with revival in mind.

10. In the School of Prayer with Christ by Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray thought the best way to learn prayer was the way the Apostles did from Jesus! This book is a great overview of how to pray biblically.