Before God: The Biblical Doctrine of Prayer is 284 page softcover book by my good friend Mike Sarkissian.
If your prayer life is dry, there are two incredible means that God will use to plunge you into deeper communion with Himself:
1) This book
2) Evangelism - sharing the Gospel can be difficult. It's hard to approach a complete stranger and ask them their thoughts about God and the afterlife...but a nervous believer is a PRAYING believer!
When Mike sent me this book I was thrilled to read it. It's exactly what I needed.
Mike's book will encourage you to take care of your soul through prayer - which should produce a desire to WIN souls.
Before God with the heading "Prayer the Means for Effective Preaching" and reflects on the incredible life of Robert Murray McCheyne: "His time with God in prayer and meditation manifested itself in a passion for souls and effective preaching."
Let's model McCheyne's example!
Here's a couple of great endorsements about Mike's book:
“Mike Sarkissian’s work in Before God: The Biblical Doctrine of Prayer shows obvious signs of study and godly devotion, and I am thankful for those things.” -Rev. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Ph.D., President and Charles W. Colson Professor of Theology Calvin Theological Seminary
“Before God is a clear and helpful Prayer 101 manual for beginning Christians and a refresher for more advanced believers. All the basics are here–what prayer is, the Lord’s Prayer, how to pray, and why prayer is essential. The concluding chapter on Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s prayer life is alone worth the price of the book. I pray that Before God will stir you up to a fuller life of prayer and supplication.” -Dr. Joel R. Beeke President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“There have been many aids to prayer, but can there be too many? Not if Christians continue to struggle in prayer. Before God is a helpful guide for beginners and old-hands alike to encourage godly, disciplined prayer. Bishop Ryle wrote, ‘the habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian,’ and in this brief manual you will find a treasure-trove of good things to foster just such a habit.” -Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas John E. Richards Professor of Theology Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson)
“Mike Sarkissian has given the body of Christ a rare gift. Rarely do we see books that emerge on the subject of prayer that make much impact on people today. If we listen and take heed to the insights of Before God we will find a feast for the soul. The subject is thoroughly explored, offering a wide base and background on prayer, Before God takes us on a tour de force that exposes one to prayer in the best of Puritan and Reformed thought. Best of all are the exegetical insights the author leaves us with regarding the doctrine of prayer. For the believer who is serious about communion with God, this title comes highly recommended.” -Emilio Ramos Pastor, Sovereign Joy Community Church, Keller TX.
Click here for a full list of endorsements.
Here's what to do to win:
There will be 1 winner!
There are 2 Ways to enter your name in the drawing...
1. For 2 entries, post this give away on your website, blog, or social networking site.
2. For 1 entry, simply enter your name below (in the comment section) and a way for me to contact you if you win.
Contest ends Monday, July 12 2010. Open to US residents only.
I will randomly pick 1 name and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 13, 2010!
If you don't win and would like a copy there are a few places you can purchase "Before God"
1) Mike's Website