For over two decades Too Busy Not to Pray has stood as a classic on prayer, helping Christians all over the world slow down to draw near to God. During those years, the world certainly hasn’t slowed down. If anything, the pace, intensity and number of distractions have only increased. Brokenness and pain seem to have increased as well, with news of civil war, poverty, broken families and sex-trafficking touching us daily. The urgent need for prayer is clear, but busyness still keeps many of us from finding time to pray. Two truths haven’t changed in all these years: God is the same powerful, just, holy God he’s always been; and true prayer―prayer that changes us and allows us to participate in God’s work in the world―can’t happen on the fly. So Bill Hybels once again offers us his practical, time-tested ideas on slowing down to pray. Revised throughout and including a new introduction and new chapter on prayer and compassion for the world, this twentieth-anniversary edition of Too Busy Not to Pray calls both young and old to make prayer a priority, and broadens our vision for what our eternal, powerful God does when his people slow down to pray.
What made this book so moving was that it shed light on the state of my prayer life and my spiritual health. My prayers before I made my salvation decision last fall were half-hearted requests that were like pushing buttons on a prayer-answering machine that I didn’t have full confidence would work. However, through Hybels’ connections to his early Christian life and knowledge of spiritual challenges, I learned that my inability to pray properly was due to many factors, including my doubts of God’s ability to answer my prayers, and the lack of quality time I dedicated to talking with Him. Hybels analyzed relatable spiritual problems and illuminated the core of the reason for the gap in my relationship with God; creating an authentic relationship with God required learning to hear God’s voice and obeying His requests, abilities that can only be earned through quality prayer time. Ultimately, I saw how essential prayer was to my life, and how much I had been missing out. This book answered questions I had in the piece A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 on how to live in the presence of God. I am motivated to follow Hybels’ advice and start taking steps to authentic prayer, to set aside my life plans to self-glory and glorify Him.