Friday, July 9, 2010

Talking with God

Talking with God: Divine Conversations That Transform Daily Life
By Robert L. Millet
Deseret Book, 2010. 149 p. Nonfiction

If you’ve ever felt like your prayers haven’t reached past the confines of your ceiling, then Robert Millet’s latest treatise on the merits and mysteries of prayer is sure to be a welcome read. Millet begins by cautioning us not to over-estimate the need for preparation before prayer and then moves on to examining “The Lord’s Prayer” as found in Matthew in the King James version of the Bible, specifically how this most famous prayer can guide an individual’s personal and specific conversation with God. He discusses the need to pray for our enemies and the problems with vain repetitions. A most interesting chapter explores the idea that family members who have died can be a means of answering prayers and Millet offers a personal example of when his own deceased father intervened during a severe family crisis. Millet examines the varied instances from the Bible where Jesus prays: in Gethsemane, with his apostles and for the people. The book also teaches that the spirit can and should guide the very words we use in prayer and points out that not all prayers are or should be alike. And perhaps most important, Millet reminds us that a prayer is a two-way dialogue—thus spending the time to listen and wait for answers from the Lord is just as critical as what happens on our end of the conversation.


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