means that he begins to "look at things from God's viewpoint" (Col. 1:9 - Paraphrase). Heis no longer looking at people or things or circumstances from a human viewpoint (2 Cor.5:16). All these may remain unchanged around him. But the God-centred man has movedup to the heavenlies, and now looks at everyone and everything the way God looks atthem.Only such a man can pray according to the mind of God.God meant prayer to be to our spirits what breathing is to our bodies. Breathing is aneffortless activity that we are engaged in all the time. We don't need books to teach ushow to breathe! In fact, when breathing becomes difficult for us, it's a sign of somesickness!That doesn't mean prayer is not strenuous work. Jesus prayed "with loud crying andtears" (Heb. 5:7). The apostles "laboured earnestly in their prayers" (Col. 4:12). Allwholehearted Christians will find prayer to be the same, for "our struggle is againstspiritual forces of wickedness" (Eph. 6:12). But when prayer becomes a dreary ritual, it'sa sure sign that the patient has `spiritual asthma'!Such believers are sick. And they need to realise it. What they need to be cured is notmore teaching on how to pray but some teaching on re-orienting their priorities in life.That's what this book is all about.When we are centred in God and have our priorities right, we'll be healed of this `asthma'.Prayer will still be mingled with loud crying and tears, and there will still be travail andstruggle, but it won't be a ritual any longer. It will be a delight and a joy.If you want such a life, read on.............
HOW NOT TO PRAY
"When you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray inthe synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you,they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, andwhen you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father whosees in secret will repay you.