This article discusses how the entire Bible is a prayer book. It shows how especially the Psalms allow the believer to pray in response to God.
The emphasis of Chapter 1 is that prayer may be uttered in confidence, because God as Father of his children want to hear their prayers.
Prayer is not the least you can do; it is the most you can do. This article explains by discussing things that hinder us from praying, misconceptions about prayer, and the problem of legalistic prayer. It is when we understand the purpose of prayer that we come to realize that prayer is the most we can do.
This article makes a case from church history and Scripture for prayer at set times of the day.
How can you encourage Christians to pray? Consider the use of prayer societies as an encouragement to prayer.
This article exposes diverse applications of psychological approaches to the book of Lamentations. It gives an analysis of the benefits and limitations of this research. It then continues to relate prayer and pain in the poetry of Lamentations by exploring the connections between Lamentations and the psychology of prayer.
This article wants to indicate the political dimensions of the book of Lamentations. The Babylonian politics of violence are vividly depicted in the poetry of Lamentations. In the second part of the article, the author argues that Lamentations contributes to modern theo-political reflections. Readers are encouraged to bring political calamity into God’s presence through prayer.
How do you prepare for communion with God in prayer? This article discusses five ways we can prepare the heart and mind for prayer.
The author states that prayer is the most important topic in practical religion. All other subjects are secondary. The author offers seven reasons why this is so. Included among these reasons are the subjects of salvation, the character of a true Christian, private prayer, prayer as a source of encouragement, and prayer as a recipe for happiness and contentment.
How should the reference to bread in Matthew 6:11 and John 6:35 be best understood? This article argues that it is an error to presuppose that this is a prayer for physical bread. and wants to remind readers of the distinction between literal bread and its use as a metaphor. The author refers to texts like Deuteronomy 8:3 and Isaiah 55:1-4 as support of a metaphorical understanding.
Prayer is important in the life of every Christian. However, at times you do not feel like praying. What should you do when that happens. The article discusses the matter.
A quiet hour and quiet heart are what you need for a life of powerful prayer. This article explains.
This article is introduced with the question, "Does God take risks?" The intention is to answer the basic question whether God changes his mind due to human influence (such as prayer) and therefore whether he absolutely knows the future. Open theism takes as one of its key texts Genesis 18:22-23. The article considers this passage and concludes that here God is condescending to our human weakness and frailty.
What is prayer? Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will. How can we know things agreeable to his will? In the Lord's Prayer Jesus answer this question. We learn to seek reverent regard for God's name, steady advancement of his kingdom, and obedient respect for his will. And we also learn to pray for humble dependency, a broken and contrite heart, and personal holiness.
Chapter 1 is Carson’s summary of eight major lessons on prayer that he has learned from his interaction with Scripture and other mature Christians. At the end of the chapter there are questions for review and reflection.
Carson sees prayer as the most urgent need of the church in the Western world today and he wants to encourage the practice of prayer in the church.