A spiritual guide on how to pray cites the importance of focusing on God rather than on oneself, while it defines the basic theology of prayer and addresses such issues as unanswered prayers
"A number of years ago I came to the realization that God wasn't very real to me," confesses Steve Brown. And prayer? "I knew the words and the formulas," he writes. But his praying was superficial, less than satisfying.Then Brown made some discoveries. He learned to go beyond formalities to "the prayer of a child reaching out to a father. It was the cry of my soul for the intimacy with the God of my life."In Approaching God, Brown can help you experience the same kind of intimate relationship with God. Through warm, engaging stories and honest sharing of struggles he explores the essentials of prayer. For example, Brown found that God not only waits to hear us, he seeks us.Brown also discovered that prayer can be quite honest. We can come to God without fear and without a concern for "sophistication and slickness." Brown explores the practical side of praying - the amount of time we give to it, the time of day, even the most helpful posture. And he helps us understand the "deeper" side of prayer - the awe and wonder of relating to a great God. Throughout Approaching God, Brown warmly invites us all to the richness of joyous, authentic prayer.