R.C. Sproul, The Barber Who Wanted to Pray, (Wheaton, Ill., Crossway, 2011)-reviewed by Karl DahlfredHow do you put church history, theology, and practical instruction on prayer all together into a children’s book? You write about Martin Luther getting a haircut, of course!In “The Barber Who Wanted to Pray”, R.C. Sproul has come up with a clever way to bring down to a children’s level Martin Luther’s occasional tract, “A Simple Way to Pray”. As one would expect from Sproul, the text is weighty and informative, yet written in a clear and simple style. And to further hold the attention of children (and adults), each page of Sproul’s text is complemented by a beautiful full-page illustration from T. Lively Fluharty.
The Devil has never had an original idea in his life. Ever since before the creation of man, the Devil has been imitating God in a bid to be God himself. Even when it comes to the creative, life-giving power of God’s Word, the Devil tries to copy it.But what is that creative Word that the Devil imitates?The Word of God is creative in that it creates out of nothing. God’s Word is not merely powerful. It is power. When God says something, it just happens. If you or I say, “Let there be light”, nothing happens. But when God says it, light is created. When Jesus wanted to calm the storm (Mark 4:35-41), all he did was say a word, “Peace, be still!” and it was calm. In a certain sense, we might say that when God speaks a word, it is magic. The word itself has power to bring into being that which it signifies. But my words and your words are just signs that point to some other reality. They don’t create anything. The word of the Devil is the same.
The Thai church is growing faster than it ever has in the past and there is much reason to rejoice at how God is working in Thailand. Yet, as a new year begins, there is still much need for prayer. Still less than 1% of Thai people are Christians and the challenges to the spread of the Gospel and growth of the church are many.
For those who want to pray for Thailand in the new year, I have put together a brief list of prayer needs. This list is not exhaustive but I believe that it hits upon some of the major needs of the nation and the church. Read it below or download the PDF, print it out and stick it in your Bible to pray for Thailand this coming year.