Good things come to those who believe . . . right?People like to say, "Prayer works." But what does that mean? Prayer works for what? Getting the answers from God that we want so much?
While God certainly cares for your deepest needs, Skye Jethani wants you to know that prayer is so much more than a two-way transaction with a heavenly vending machine. Jesus didn't pray like that. And with a pastor's heart, Skye wants to take you deeper into what Jesus, the lover of your soul, had to say about talking with God.
In What If Jesus Was Serious . . . About Prayer?, you'll benefit not only from Skye's words of wisdom but his doodles that help the visual learner connect with spiritual truth. Prayer isn't about getting answers, but getting God. We need more prayer in our lives—not because God can give us what we crave, but because He offers himself to us in love.
Praise for What If Jesus Was Serious . . . About Prayer?
"First, Skye Jethani has an epic name. Second, he is brilliant, witty, and deeply biblical. Third, get this book. It will transform your prayer life."
—DERWIN L. GRAY
Lead Pastor, Transformation Church
Author of God, Do You Hear Me: Discovering the Prayer God Always Answers
"What If Jesus Was Serious . . . about Prayer? is creative and convicting, with memorable images rather than formulas or rules. This is a valuable resource that will influence your theology of prayer as well as your practice of it."
Author of The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor
"Skye Jethani provides a life-giving reminder that prayer is not reserved for the polished, tidy, and presentable moments of life, but rather, God yearns to be in constant communion with us in our messy, ordinary, everyday lives."
Founder and CEO of International Justice Mission
"I've read dozens of books on prayer, but Skye Jethani's is now one of my favorites. This practical book left me motivated to pray more and equipped to develop a praying life that can change me, the people closest to me, and even our world."
Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Seminary and Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute
Coauthor of 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager
"The great gift of Skye is to cut through the muddle of confused thinking around the subject of prayer and focus on the profoundly simple instruction Jesus offers. He combines deep theology with practical and accessible illustrations that are incredibly helpful in getting to the heart of what Jesus taught and modeled. Skye's book will be of great help to those who've always found prayer confusing or boring."
Pastor, author, and host of the VOX Podcast
"Popular forms of Christianity are obsessed with teaching us how to live for God, but they rarely equip us to live with Him. And the key to a radically transformed life with God? Prayer. Skye Jethani is back with an eminently accessible, highly useful guide to the kind of Christ-centered life so many young Christians are thirsty for. Highly recommended!"
Creator of VeggieTales and cohost of The Holy Post podcast
"Skye has done it again. In his winsome blend of engaging stories, perceptive insights, creative sketches, and much-needed challenges, he offers new ways to engage with an ancient—and still incredibly significant—practice and posture of prayer. Jesus certainly was serious about prayer—and Skye communicates that truth in a seriously engaging way."
Author, The Sacred Overlap: Learning to Live Faithfully in the Space Between
Founder, Kairos Partnerships
"Could there be a more important question than, How do we pray? Of course not. Sadly, when most people hear the word "prayer," they only think of asking God for things (one type of prayer). Skye Jethani, in his characteristic flare many of us have come to love, opens up a wider, deeper, more ancient vision of prayer—as the pathway to union with God. I can think of no better book to get you started on your journey."
—JOHN MARK COMER
Pastor of Bridgetown Church
Author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
"Skye Jethani has a refreshingly distinct angle of vision about Jesus and the world. Like the first book in the What If Jesus Was Serious? series, this second one reflects Jethani's careful reading of Scripture, and his commitment to help the reader hear and respond. This is just the kind of provocation and encouragement that should come from taking Jesus—and what He taught and embodied—seriously. Watch out or this will change your life!"
President, Fuller Theological Seminary