‘You may wonder what the words prayer and work are doing in the same sentence. Surely that sounds like an oxymoron! Do you know what an oxymoron is? It’s when you put two seemingly contradictory words together, like jumbo shrimp, civil war—or child safe! Prayer and work seem to be opposite concepts. Yet I have discovered that prayer that doesn’t work, doesn’t work! It takes work to step out of time into eternity—and work to learn the art of leaving things undone so that the greater thing can be done.’
Jill Briscoe takes her readers through the stories of Elijah and Elisha in the Old Testament books of 1 & 2 Kings looking at the prayer lives and influence of these two characters. Her style is easy to read and very accessible. However, this is a book that you might want to read just a chapter, or even a few pages, at a time and then put down to give its message a chance to sink in. At the end of the each chapter there are additional questions for individual thought or group discussion which would provide excellent material for small groups.