I've just started reading A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and his Prayers by Don Carson. Well, I started it last year but November and December got in the way! So I am starting again, this time with a view to finishing it.
Here are the opening two paragraphs from the preface.
I doubt if there is any Christian who has not sometimes found it difficult to pray. In itself this is neither surprising nor depressing: it is not surprising, because we are still pilgrims with many lessons to learn; it is not depressing, because struggling with such matters is part of the way we learn.
What is both surprising and depressing is the sheer prayerlessness that characterises so much of the Western church. It's suprising, because it is out of step with the Bible that portrays what Christian living should be; it is depressing, because it frequently coexists with abounding Christian activity that somehow seems hollow, frivolous, and superficial.
Ouch! Important to know however that Don Carson hasn't written this book to send us to the time out corner with regards to our prayer life. He's written it to encourage his readers, to invigorate their prayer life.
More to follow.