Pete Greig is a worldwide authority and the face of a generation when it comes to prayer. One of the founders of the 24-7 prayer movement, he has seen, experienced, and chronicled amazing works of God in the world. While you might imagine him to be puffed up, Pete Greig is entirely the opposite. He is enchanting, down-to-earth, friendly, and most of all, very normal–and yet he tells preposterous tales about prayer (and they’re true). He is basically a regular dude who loves to talk with God.
How to Pray is written to evoke a passion for prayer in everyone—the committed follower of Jesus as well as the skeptic and the scared. The enormous blessing of How to Pray is that it is accessible, full of surprising stories of answered prayer, and tremendously engaging. The basic idea is that prayer is a conversation between you and God. Pete Greig demystifies and reenchants prayer, helping you to find prayer achievable and enjoyable, and ultimately life-giving and life-changing.
How to Pray is designed to be used together with The Prayer Course (a free video curriculum associated with the Alpha course), making it useful for personal and group or church-wide reading.
Pete Greig has written the prayer masterpiece for today. How to Pray emerges from the deep cavern of Pete’s own prayers and struggles, his expansive study on prayer through the ages, and the diversity of prayer across his global friendships. How to Pray is an easy-to-follow, easy-to-put-into-practice manifesto of prayer for everyday life. Pete is, without question, one of the desperately needed spiritual guides of our time.
by Craig Springer, executive director of Alpha USA and author of How to Follow Jesus
Is there anything more primal than prayer? We reach out to God, and we hope God is reaching out to us in return. Pete Greig is unwilling to surrender this basic human impulse to any of the cultured complexities that we tend to build around it. With How to Pray, he helps us enter a habit of prayer that is as life-giving as it is simple.
by Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Road Back to You
Pete Greig knows how to pray, and I’m so grateful for this book. His passion and fervor for intercession is contagious and has influenced the church around the world. Get this book. Read this book. Live this book.
by Brady Boyd, senior pastor at New Life Church and author of Remarkable
Pete Greig is a gift to the world. This book uses the revolutionary prayer of Jesus as a grounded guide to ignite our spirits to pursue the heart of God. As you read these pages, let these words infuse you with a holy desire for God’s Kingdom to come!
by Danielle Strickland, author of The Ultimate Exodus
If you’re like me, you may have prayed the Lord’s Prayer many times. It has staying power, doesn’t it? But that’s not surprising, because it’s how Jesus teaches us to pray. And it turns out that when it comes to prayer, Jesus is a great teacher—for him, praying is not fancy or formal but loving and plainspoken. Pete Greig is a respected authority on exactly this kind of praying: simple, honest, straightforward, from the heart. Even when we’re asking God for what we want, we’re giving him what he wants: our hearts. How to Pray will get you started on a lifelong, and life-giving, practice.
by Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and lead pastor of National Community Church
In a get-fixed-quick kind of world, Pete Greig meets us with the kind of guidance that’s both immediately accessible and deeply thoughtful. For everyone who’s wondered how to move the experience of prayer from distant to personal and powerful, How to Pray provides a starting point for new and seasoned believers alike.
by Nicole Unice, author of Help! My Bible Is Alive!
For many years now, Pete Greig has been teaching us how to pray. Since the inadvertent start of the 24-7 Prayer movement nearly two decades ago, Pete’s life and witness have been a provocation to the church to enter more deeply into the mystery, magnitude, agony, and beauty of prayer. In How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People, Pete brings the best of two decades’ worth of insights to us in a deceptively straightforward and endearingly honest way. Savor this book. Then put it into practice. Your life and your world will be better for it.
by Andrew Arndt, associate and teaching pastor at New Life Church
The simplicity, clarity, and depth with which Pete talks about prayer is remarkable. Whatever barriers you’re facing when it comes to a vibrant prayer life, this book will help you move beyond them and walk into a richer relationship with Christ.
by Margaret Feinberg, speaker and author of Taste and See