Eldredge, J. (2016). Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority [Kindle Android version & Audible audio version].Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority
A book on prayer that actually works
Everyone has a reason to pray. We long to see God come through for us and those we love. But sometimes he doesn’t, and where does that leave us? Are we doing something wrong? Does he not hear? How come some people’s prayers seem more effective than others? Then we lose heart and give up on prayer—the very weapon God has given us to not lose heart.
If you are interested in prayer at all, you want prayer that works. That is the kind of prayer at the center of this book. When we discover that prayer is not just asking God to do something—prayer is partnershipwith God—new possibilities open before us. We are God’s sons and daughters, given the authority of Jesus Christ; we have a greater role in prayer than we ever thought. Greater power, too.
Look, let’s go ahead and name the elephant in the room—some prayers work, and some prayers don’t. Why does that surprise and irritate us? (p.4)prayer is not as simple as, “I asked; God didn’t come. I guess he doesn’t want to.” (p.8)So let’s be honest— some prayers work, and some prayers don’t. We might be embarrassed to admit that, but you know it’s true. (p.10)
- Do you pray once and believe you have received it or do you keep asking?
- When we pray do we “move God’s hand” or are we aligning with His will?
- Does God still heal today? Physically?
- What does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”?
- Do we pray to God only or is the Trinity active in our prayers?
We Are at War. (p.17)One alarm they repeatedly sound is that we are all caught up in the midst of a collision of kingdoms—the kingdom of God advancing with force against the kingdom of darkness, which for the moment holds most of the world in its clutches. (p.20)Does this shape the way you pray—and the way you interpret “unanswered” prayer? (p.20)The dragon has declared war on all those who align themselves with Jesus. The moment we were born, we found ourselves in the midst of a fierce battle. If this doesn’t shape your understanding of the role of prayer, you will find yourself repeatedly disappointed and disheartened. For one thing, prayer is not simply asking God to do stuff. Clearly. (p.22)God is growing us all up. We find ourselves in the midst of a great and terrible war. (p.23)
Eldredge focuses throughout the book on informing the reader how to pray in a way that is more effective than just throwing prayers up into the air and hoping they get answered.
“Most people don’t even try to learn the ways of the kingdom; they just go about their days with a practical agnosticism, hoping things work out, tossing up prayers like they hope to score on a Jesus lottery ticket”
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit— I ask you to open the eyes of my heart and grant to me a personal revelation on the truth of the authority given to Jesus, and how I really do share in that authority. Break this through to me.
- The prayer of intervention
- Consecration: bringing things under the rule of Jesus
- Prayer for guidance, understanding and revelation
- Listening prayer
- Praying scripture
- Warfare prayer
- Inner healing-Restoring the Soul
- Physical healing
I have always been bothered by statements like: “prayer moves the hand of God.” This just doesn’t seem to align with the way I have seen prayer work in my own life. I was relieved to see that I am not the only one who has this perspective. Eldredge takes a chapter addressing fallacies like this one.
“Prayer moves the hand of God” has poisoned many dear souls. Simply apply this idea to any half-rate earthly father and you will see how vile it is:Surely you understand that Jesus was not characterizing God like that judge. God is not someone you have to beg and beg in order to irritate enough to move his hand.God is not a reluctant participant in your life, bothered by your requests, unwilling to act until he gets tired of hearing the sound of your voice. (p.94)
If all the prayers that were promised were actually prayed, this would be a different world by now…Now is the time to pray, for now is all we really have.
Prayer is not making speeches to God; it is entering into conversational intimacy with him.We are meant to hear the voice of God. This is one of the lost treasures of Christianity— an intimate, conversational relationship with God is available. (p.142)
We cry out for his return and the restoration of all things. “Come back— Jesus, come back,” ought to flow naturally and passionately off your lips every day. (p.229)
- “Pour out your Spirit, Jesus!” We pray for one last great harvest, like fire fighters rescuing every last life they can from a building about to collapse in flames. (p.230)