With Christ in the School of Prayer

With Christ in the School of Prayer

Andrew Murray / Jun 05, 2020

With Christ in the School of Prayer Classic book views prayer not as drudgery or a way to win favor with God but as a means of communing with the Creator and seeing lives changed

  • Title: With Christ in the School of Prayer
  • Author: Andrew Murray
  • ISBN: 9781593107093
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Classic book views prayer not as drudgery or a way to win favor with God, but as a means of communing with the Creator and seeing lives changed.

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      • Andrew Murray

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this nameMurray was Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Murray became a noted missionary leader His father was a Scottish Presbyterian serving the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa, and his mother had connections with both French Huguenots and German Lutherans This background to some extent explains his ecumenical spirit He was educated at Aberdeen University, Scotland, and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands After ordination in 1848 he served pastorates at Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town, and Wellington He helped to found what are now the University College of the Orange Free State and the Stellenbosch Seminary He served as Moderator of the Cape Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church and was president of both the YMCA 1865 and the South Africa General Mission 1888 1917 , now the Africa Evangelical Fellowship.He was one of the chief promoters of the call to missions in South Africa This led to the Dutch Reformed Church missions to blacks in the Transvaal and Malawi Apart from his evangelistic tours in South Africa, he spoke at the Keswick and Northfield Conventions in 1895, making a great impression upon his British and American audiences For his contribution to world missions he was given an honorary doctorate by the universities of Aberdeen 1898 and Cape of Good Hope 1907.Murray is best known today for his devotional writings, which place great emphasis on the need for a rich, personal devotional life Many of his 240 publications explain in how he saw this devotion and its outworking in the life of the Christian Several of his books have become devotional classics Among these are Abide in Christ, Absolute Surrender, With Christ in the School of Prayer, The Spirit of Christ and Waiting on God.


    1. A classic book on prayer that speaks as powerfully today as it did in 1885. Worth reading and meditating on.

    2. Author's photo: He wastes no time getting started and starts at the most promising point, Jesus teaching his disciples when they asked him to teach them to pray. They had obviously seen that he had power with God that no other man had. I don't know if they had already or would soon see him quiet the sea of Galilea, raise the son of the widow of Nain,and his friend Lazarus from the dead and heal the man who had been born blind but they knew his habit was to pray and they wanted to know how.I have [...]

    3. Quite good! Murray's constant claim is that the Father surely will give a favorable answer to the prayer of faith offered by one who abides in Christ. His reflections on the importance of Scripture for prayer, on the relationship of the Father to the Son to the Spirit, and on our prayers vis-a-vis the constant intercession of the Son are all superb. Basically, the Father hears the voice of the Son and does nothing apart from the Son, and Father and Son are joined together in the Spirit. The Fath [...]

    4. Normally I don’t read books on prayer because I think it’s probably a better use of my time to just pray instead. But I’m so glad I read this book! Andrew Murray, a recognized authority on the topic of prayer, shares some incredible insights that left me with a new understanding of what a life of prayer should look like. One of the most poignant insights I gleaned from the book is the importance of expecting God to answer our prayers. Mr. Murray shares, “It is one of the terrible marks o [...]

    5. Prayer is one subject I always feel the need to learn more about. This book really digs deep, not only into prayer itself, but into the theological background behind prayer. I was very challenged and encouraged by this book, and plan on reading it again.

    6. "And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?" (Mark 10:51; Luke 18:41). Our prayers must be a distinct expression of definite need, not a vague appeal to His mercy or an indefinite cry for blessing. Our expressions of need, sin, love, faith, and consecration must be accompained by an explicit statement of what we are asking for and what we expect to receive.I have probably prayed tens of thousands of vague prayers. But the word of the Master teaches us more. [...]

    7. Tough book to judge. There is much that is very edifying in this book that will help the Christian on how to pray; however, I disagree with Murray on his interpretation of how prayer changes the will of God. I would suggest D.A. Carson's A Call to Spiritual Reformation instead. I know many Christian love this book, but I strongly prefer Carson's book instead.

    8. With Christ in the School of Prayer offers thirty-one powerful lessons on prayer.  After providing some basic instructions on prayer, Andrew Murray spends much of his time on God's promises to answer our prayers.  Rather than write-off unanswered prayers as outside of God's will, Murray challenges us to pray more, seeking both a relationship with God and an understanding of His will.

    9. This is a phenomenal book on prayer by Presbyterian pastor and writer Andrew Murray. It is obvious that Murray does not just teach on prayer--he lives it! I was so stirred and encouraged as I read through this book. For any Christian wanting to grow in the place of prayer, this is a great place to start!

    10. I will save a full review of this book to a later date, but this book has been very challenging to me, provocative and of a great spiritual blessing

    11. This is a book that only got better as I continued reading it. Divided into 31 chapters - enough for each day of any month - based on a Scripture reference regarding prayer, Murray's insights on prayer are inspiring, and this will be a book that I re-read often to encourage and recharge my efforts in and devotion to prayer. Murray especially emphasized the power of prayer and the reality of God's promise that He will hear and answer prayer, that we can ask anything in His name and expect to rece [...]

    12. This book was mentioned as a must read by at least two spiritual mentors in my life--men of profound faiths and lives. I don't know why it took me so long to pick it up, but I am very glad to have finally done so. It will go down as one of my favorite books of all time, and I will certainly encourage my children and fellow siblings in Christ to do the same. The author did a splendid job in breaking down, step by step, what it means to pray by taking Jesus' own words about prayer. I never realize [...]

    13. How well we live determines how well we pray. Andrew Murray ushers the reader into a deeper relationship to Christ as the basis of prayer. Jesus never taught the disciples how to preach, but He taught them how to pray. As our spiritual union with Christ is deepened, so is our prayer life. That God grant us the use of Jesus' name is a token of great confidence. When we pray in the name of Jesus, God stands aside and let us act for him. Praying in Jesus name, we deny ourselves and not only take up [...]

    14. This is an amazing book. Learning from Jesus how to pray, what a novel idea. There are so many nuggets of Truth in this book that it will require reading it not once or twice or three times but over and over again until mastery of each of the lessons occurs.

    15. For some reason I had a really hard time concentrating while reading this, although it had some wonderful insights into prayer life. It is set up in 31 short chapters and can be used as a devotional. I will probably give it another go some day!

    16. There were a couple of things in this book that I didn't quite agree with but overall a very good book on prayer.

    17. This is a prayer classic that needs to be reread periodically. The author has a great deal of insight into the "nuts and bolts" of praying.

    18. What a wonderful book! It changed totally my prayer life and my view of what prayer is. Such a refreshing perspective!

    19. There's a reason this book has endured. If there were such a thing as a "definitive work" on the subject of prayer, this might well be it.Murray separates into 31 lessons/chapters (one a day for a month) all the teachings of the Lord Jesus in the gospels on the subject of prayer, beginning with and building off the disciple's request, "Lord! teach us to pray."From there, and with every chapter, Murray takes the reader deeper and deeper into the mysteries of prayer while ever maintaining a strong [...]

    20. This book had a big impact on my life when I read it over the course of a month. It is divided into thirty-one "lessons" that each select one statement Jesus made about prayer and consider how one can put His words into practice in one's own prayer life. Each lesson is about 6-8 pages long, with a short prayer at the end. Though the lessons are bite-sized, they are dense. I often thought: "I need to stop and think about that sentence." It's definitely thought-provoking, requiring me to slow down [...]

    21. Murray guides the reader through the essence of prayer in 31 teachings. He presents the power of the fellowship between the Father, Son and Spirit and how each participate when we pray. As with all of Murray's works there is a lot to chew on which is especially wonderful as I found I was mediating on aspects of his teachings long after reading them each day. However, I feel a need to go back and re-read this gem of a book to allow further impartation.All of the teachings build upon the command " [...]

    22. What started out as a 'chapter per day' one-month read has turned into a month duty and fight to get through the book.This 19th century South African pastor seems to really drag it out. Maybe each chapter was a sermon and the congregation had a hour to hear it and digest it.Not easily readable 'in my book'.In fact the best part of the book was the last part (5 short chapters) about the prayer experience of George Mueller of Bristol!Some of the book gets into the power of faith or working up fait [...]

    23. Understanding the power of prayer through the words of Jesus on this subject.A balanced and realistic book which encourages the reader to take seriously the bold promises of scripture about prayer (example:So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly,I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be castinto the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that thosethings he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore Isay to you, wh [...]

    24. The author continually repeats Lord teach us to pray; and chapter by chapter he gives us more and more insight on how to pray. We must have faith and hope in the Lord; we are to worship Him in spirit, truth, obedience, and in secret. We can ask in bold confidence and expect an answer. We are to remember our prayers are a dialogue with God, and not a monologue. We must make intercessory prayers for others. Our prayers are to be persevering, when the time is right we will reap abundantly, don't gi [...]

    25. This is my third read of this book. Each time I gain something different, being in a different place, heart and mind. The version I used is old English, a difficult read. Plus it is a translation, I believe, as Murray was dutch. That being said, it is a worthwhile struggle; much is gained in the school of prayer. Murray knows prayer from much experience, that is clear. I almost felt at times, it is a wonder God hears and listens to any of my prayers. Murray puts the bar up that far. But the bar [...]

    26. i really loved this book. toward the end, i think it started to slow, but, for the most part, i think this was a very good book on prayer. murray goes thru 31 points of prayer. there were so many great points, i underlined probably 40% of the book! it seemed like murray purposely tried to find 31 points, and toward the end, just put anything that he could think of. i think if he wrote 20-25 points on prayer it would be much better. i'm still giving it 5 stars for the sheer quotability of it. it [...]

    27. I am taking this one chapter at a time, often stopping and praying as I read, I guess using it more as a devotional than just an informative book on prayer. It is great. I have really grown, even though not all the information was new for me. It has been great to not rush through it and to slowly let the truth in it to take a firm hold in my heart as I pray, contemplate, and turn to the Bible ro confirm the nuggets of truth I have discovered in this book. Stimulating! The Lord is faithful to gro [...]

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