Throughout the Bible, prayer is mentioned many times. This is shown throughout the Books of Bible, and even Jesus expresses and tells us just how important prayer is. Prayer is a time to thank God, to praise God, to Worship, to share with Him the prayers that are on our hearts, to repent and for the broken words that we can’t quite get out. The prayers that we want to pray for others, for those hurting, those who need help, prayers for healing, for strength during difficult times, and to give and hand everything over to God, and so much more. When we pray on our own to God, or together with others, prayer is the communication between man and God. Prayer is powerful.
Into His Presence by Tim Chester, is a collection of prayers and meditations, which have been very delicately edited and arranged to preserve the true, heartfelt, rawness of the prayers that were written and prayed by the Puritans. The Puritans were English Protestants who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were people of prayer and dedicated their lives to God.
“The Puritans had a high view of God’s providence. All their comforts came from His hand and were to be received with gratitude. But hardships, too, were part of His mysterious design. All of life – from daily prayers to work and home life – was to be lived before God, with His help.”Into His Presence by Tim Chester.
One thing that really stood out to me as I first looked through this book, and as I read the open and honest prayers that fill its pages, was that straight away I sensed the heartfelt, deep and passionate prayers offered by people who truly knew God, who knew just how powerful prayer is. They knew and believed that in all areas of life, all they needed was God and His help. The prayers, which are filled with praise, worship, honesty and sincerity, are a model for prayer, which I feel is very valuable, inspiring and helpful. I can feel the strong sense of belief throughout, that the writers of these prayers knew how mighty God is and that God can, and will, answer prayers.
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At the beginning of this book the author shares an introduction about the Puritans, who they were, what they did, and how prayer was a huge part of their lives and for those around them. This little insight was very eye-opening, especially as I didn’t really know much myself about the Puritans before. To get more of an understanding of who they were really helped me to fully appreciate the prayers that have been collected in this book.
The prayers are listed in different categories within this book, such as Prayers of Praise to the Father, Prayers of Confession, Prayers for Times of Anxiety, Prayers for the Church and Prayers for the Lost, just to name a few. It’s really lovely to have a book with prayers on many different topics and situations that we face in everyday life. Into His Presence is an inspiring, encouraging and helpful book that not only equips us with thoughtful collected prayers from the Puritans, but also as an inspiring tool and resource which I’ve found useful in my everyday prayer life.
This beautifully presented book comes as a hardback and is a travel-friendly size, making this book a great companion to take with you ‘on the go’. As the prayers have been placed into categories, I feel that this book would also make a lovely devotional, for reading sections at a time, or even a prayer a day. With beautiful, fine gold detailing on the cover, it’s definitely one that will stand out on the bookshelf. A blue ribbon is also included to mark a page when reading, or to open up to a specific prayer.
Having just been released, Into His Presence would make a wonderful gift for a loved one or friend. You find purchase a copy of this book here. Plus, if you click here, you can find two free downloadable posters to print out and enjoy.
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