For Christians, one of our earliest lessons—and greatest gifts—is learning how to pray. And yet many of us feel that our prayer lives fall short. In When God Is Silent, John Koessler reassures us that this feeling has nothing to do with motivation or method. Our problems are relational, and recognizing this is the first step to having a better prayer life.
Prayer is a conversation that moves primarily in one direction: from the believer who prays to the God who hears. If God appears silent, that does not mean he isn’t listening. We always have God’s attention. This book does more than answer questions like how and why we should pray. It also invites us to gain a deeper awareness of God, of his goodness, and of the rich welcome that is waiting for us every time we approach him in the name of Jesus Christ.
I have read countless books on prayer, a tribute to both my deep need and dogged belief. I return to only two or three. This is a book to read and return to.
—Rosalie de Rosset, professor of literature and homiletics, Moody Bible Institute
The more I read, the more I wanted to pray, not from obligation but from a deep connection growing with God’s desire to commune with me and know me. In the process, I began to know his compassion and care better. If you struggle with prayer because you’re not sure it’s worthwhile, dig into this book and let its truth wash over your soul.
—Chris Fabry, host of Chris Fabry Live
When God Is Silent is filled with down-to-earth advice and captivating storytelling that will revitalize your prayer life.
—Jamie Janosz, managing editor of Today in the Word
John Koessler is an award-winning author and retired faculty emeritus of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Dangerous Virtues, Practicing the Present, and The Surprising Grace of Disappointment.