Throughout our series, “Great Prayers of the Bible,” we looked at passages of Scripture in which prayer is the central activity. Along with study of those specific Bible passages, I turned to the wisdom of many authors far more brilliant than me and from many different eras for help. At times people ask me whether I have books I recommend alongside of certain preaching series. I find that a difficult question to always answer briefly, so here is a bibliography I have been gathering (and reading) over the last twenty years on the topic of prayer.
Bibliography on Prayer:
Ruth Haley Barton. “Prayer.” In Sacred Rhythms. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2006.
Anthony Bloom. Beginning to Pray. New York: Paulist Press, 1970.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Prayerbook of the Bible. DBW, vol 5. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1996.
E. M. Bounds. Power Through Prayer in The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1990.
Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims. Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell, 1967.
Walter Brueggemann. Great Prayers of the Old Testament. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
George A. Buttrick. Prayer. Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1944.
David Crump. Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.
Ronald Dunn. Don’t Just Stand There, Pray Something. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992.
Jacques Ellul. Prayer and Modern Man. Translated by C. Edward Hopkin. New York: The Seabury Press, 1970.
Richard Foster. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993.
Ole Hallesby. Prayer. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1931.
James Houston. The Prayer (previously title The Transforming Friendship). David C. Cook, 2007.
Joyce Huggett. The Joy of Listening to God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986.
Timothy Keller. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.
Kenneth Leech. True Prayer: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1980
C. S. Lewis. Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1964.
Richard N. Longenecker, ed. Into God’s Presence: Prayer in the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
Paul E. Miller. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World. Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress, 2009.
Andrew Murray. Teach Me to Pray. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1982/2002.
Eugene Peterson. Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1989.
________. Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
J. C. Ryle. A Call to Prayer. Moscow, ID: Charles Nolan Publishers, 2002.
Baron Friedrich von Hugel. The Life of Prayer. New York: E. P. Dutton & Sons, 1927.
Philip Yancey. Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.