by Herman Hanko
Teaching on Prayer
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Christians can confidently say that they have "mastered" the art of
Probably no one.
What is blessedly refreshing about Professor Hanko’s work, When You
Pray, is his admission that none of us is good at prayer—including
himself—yet over the years of one’s life, the author assures us, a
person can make progress in praying.
Professor Hanko shares with his readers homely yet highly meaningful
lessons he learned from growing up in a covenant family and covenantal
church community. He also tells the specific benefits of praying to the
sovereign God of the universe, who knows our sins and weaknesses but
love us still. Valuable is the professor’s clear explanation of how God
can be likened to the father of an earthly family, loving and caring for
his own dear children.
An eye-opening and very helpful part of his book is the author’s
pinpointing of misconceptions people have about God and prayer that bar
them from praying in a God-honouring way.
Prayer that does not clash with Scripture is of prime importance for the
author, whose sensitivity to scriptural truths has been honed in more
than thirty years of study and teaching as professor of New Testament
and church history in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed
Churches in America. Professor Hanko is a down-to-earth writer, one who
very much feels with his readers the struggle that it sometimes is to
take the time to engage in heartfelt, sincere prayer. His apt
illustrations from everyday life make the underlying theology of prayer
If you have found your devotional life to be frequently barren, reading
what the author has learned the hard way—over fifty years in the
ministry—will not discourage you further, but will give you a renewed
desire to fellowship with your Father in prayer.
helped me more than anything else I have heard or read on prayer." -
Click here to read a review of this book published in the
To watch the video of the author interview concerning this book,