Some time ago, I was organizing a stack of books here at the office when I stumbled upon a little antiquated volume titled With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray. We had multiple hard copies of the work, and I was instructed by my boss to take one home and to read it at my leisure. I happily consented! The book turned out to be a quick favorite and has been instrumental in shaping my prayer life.
The title of the book is taken from Luke 11:1, where it is recorded that the disciples went to Jesus and requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” As the one who “ever lives to intercede” for those who go to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25), there is “none who can pray like Him, and none who can teach like Him.”
Consisting of 31 chapters, each begins with a short Scripture and ends with a prayer. My favorite of these is chapter 20: ‘That the Father may be glorified;’ or, The Chief End of Prayer. The chapter begins with John 14:13, “I go unto the Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Murray expounds upon the purity of Christ’s heart for the Father’s glory, and the Scripture used in this chapter is, indeed, a two-edged sword. In looking at the Lord and looking at myself, I see a frightening contrast. I cannot say with any sincerity that the glory of the Father has been my one, all-consuming purpose in prayer or in life. Yet, look at what great encouragement the Lord gives us through Murray’s pen:
To such a life, with God’s glory our only aim, we cannot attain by any effort of our own. It is only in the man Christ Jesus that such a life is to be seen: in Him it is to be found for us. Yes, blessed be God! His life is our life; He gave Himself for us; He Himself is now our life….it is Jesus Himself coming in, who can cast out all self-glorifying, and give us instead His own God-glorifying life and Spirit. It is Jesus, who longs to glorify the Father in hearing our prayers, who will teach us to live and to pray for the glory of God.
Consistently throughout this volume, Murray encourages us to look to the Lord, the author and perfecter of our faith, for all things related to prayer – the purity of heart, the will to persevere, the desire to abide and whatever else might be needed to join the Savior in his intercessory work.
Thankfully, we’re able to offer With Christ in the School of Prayer for your WORDsearch or QuickVerse program at no cost. So, if you need some encouragement in your prayer walk or just want to learn more about our Intercessor, go ahead and take a copy to read at your leisure.
Kristina Vandiver is the eBook Development Manager at WORDsearch. She loves the Lord, her husband, her pets (especially her cat) and studying God’s Word.
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