Many things compete for the attention of the Western church. D.A. Carson argues that the one thing that demands priority is “a deeper knowledge of God.”
Such a quest may sound both ambitious and obvious.
But though A Call to Spiritual Reformation is not difficult to read, it is not simplistic in its instruction, either. And while its focus is necessarily limited, what it aims to do — guide us toward biblically oriented prayer — it does well.
The bulk of the book thoughtfully examines several of the Apostle Paul’s petitions in Romans, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Carson gently and repeatedly coaches his readers to pray more for the kinds of things that Paul prayed for (and perhaps less for the kinds of things we Christians often tend to pray for).
I found this book to be theologically stimulating, sometimes convicting, and always spiritually encouraging. Here is a discerning theologian who writes with a compassionate pastor’s heart.