On a number of occasions, I’ve picked up a “spiritual disciplines” book, only to put it down in frustration a few chapters in—feeling wholly inadequate and squarely judged. I never felt that way while reading, The Praying Life by Paul E. Miller.
Miller provides a humble, practical example of what it means to have a relationship with God that my heart yearns to follow. With searing honesty, he addresses the most difficult of questions surrounding prayer by sharing stories from his own life and family, teaching us to look for the “gospel stories” that God is writing everywhere around us and, also, in our own hearts.
His emphasis on the hidden life of believers and the child-like posture of going to God in prayer with everything, big and small, could not be more timely. I thank God that it’s the book I began reading in 2020.