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In his work Quiet Talks on Prayer Gordon covers a lot of ground about the topic of prayer. By glancing at the table of contents the reader notices that the book has four major sections; The meaning and mission of prayer, hindrances to prayer, how to pray, and Jesus’ habits of prayer. Each section is then broken down into smaller sub-sections. The copy of the work I was able to attain was only 100 pages long.
Gordon in the first chapter sets the stage by informing the reader of the power that God has given to us when we pray. To stress the importance of prayers he says, “You can do more than pray, after you have prayed. But you can not do more than pray until you have prayed…. We think we can do more where we are through our service: then prayer to give power to service. No—with the blackest underscoring of emphasis, let it be said—NO. We can do no thing of real power until we have done the prayer thing.”
In the following sections he says that prayer is the only real deciding factor in a spiritual conflict, and that the battle field where it is all taking place in here on earth. In this section he does describe several different forms of prayer; the first being communion, our fellowship with God. The second form is petition for one’s self, and lastly is intercession on the behalf of others. While the first two forms of prayer are primarily for the believer themselves the third has the farthest reach. And according to Gordon “all true rounded prayer will ever have all three elements in it.”
The next section asks the question does prayer influence God. The next chapter is one that every Christian should want to pay close attention to, hindrances to prayer. “There are three sorts of hindrances to prayer,” Gordon says; “first of all there are things in us that break off connection with God, the source of changing power. Then there are...