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Prayer And The Knowledge Of God: What The Whole Bible Teaches [Paperback]

By Graeme Goldsworthy (Author)
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Is it really possible to talk to God? Does he listen to us? How do we know what to say? Will it make any difference if we pray? Prayer is central to Christian faith and life, and such questions are fundamental. While much teaching on prayer addresses practical issues and is experience-oriented, Graeme Goldsworthy's conviction is that good practice comes form a foundation of good biblical understanding. In this accessible and wide-ranging study, Goldsworthy explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ and our experience of being his redeemed people as the grounds for prayer, which he defines as "talking to God." Using a biblical-theological approach, he examines the principles that lie behind particular texts in Scripture and maps out the "progress" of prayer from Genesis to Revelation. He explains the basis for prayer, its role in our fellowship with God and what is involved in Christian prayer. Above all, Goldsworthy's desire is to encourage Christians in their praying, through a better understanding of, and reflection on, the "big story" of the whole Bible.

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- Is it really possible to talk to God? - Does he listen to us? - How do we know what to say? - Will it make any difference if we pray? Prayer is central to Christian faith and life and such questions are fundamental. While much teaching on prayer adresses practical issues and is experience-oriented, Graeme Goldsworthy's conviction is that good practice comes from a foundation of good biblical understanding. In this accessible and wide-ranging study, Goldsworthy explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and our experience of being his redeemed people as the grounds for prayer, which he defines as "talking to God." Using a biblical-theological approach, he examines the principles that lie behind particular texts in Scripture, and he maps out the "progress" of prayer from Genesis to Revelation. He explains the basis for prayer, its role in our fellowship with God, and what is involved in Christian prayer. Above all, Goldworthy's desire is to encourage Christians in their praying, through a better understanding of, and reflection on, the "big story" of the whole Bible.

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830853669  
ISBN13  9780830853663  


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Graeme Goldsworthy (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) previously served as a lecturer in biblical theology, Old Testament, and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Graeme lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, Miriam. They have four adult children.

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.

Miles V. Van Pelt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, and director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Reformed Church in Madison, Mississippi. He and his wife, Laurie, have four children.



Graeme Goldsworthy has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Short Studies in Biblical Theology


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Prayer as the God of Christianity reveals it  Sep 18, 2005
Popular understanding of prayer often falls into one of two categories, in their simplest categorized either as teaching a mystic, abstract spiritualism, or as teaching "follow the secret knowledge I've discovered to get God to do what you want him to." This book provides a much-needed relief from those aberrations.

Goldsworthy presents the scriptural practice of prayer, and teaching about prayer, comparing it primarily with common practice and teaching within the church (i.e., not with the egregious error I opened this review with), and finds much room for improvement. For example:
- Unlike the often expressed view that there is "power in prayer", power is in God; prayer is a means of grace by which we communicate with God;
- Unlike the often expressed view that there is "power in faith", power is in God; strong faith is not a mystic attitude by which we get God to do what we want, but a confidence in the God who really exists, through which we trust Him to do what He wants in us for his glory and thus for our joy;
- Unlike the popularly taught "Dear Jesus" prayers, Christian prayer is to the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit;
- In general, prayer rightly understood is all about God, it is not all about us.

Rather than ranting against non-Biblical patterns, Goldsworthy provides a better answer. This book is no sound byte theology build from an obscure verse. Goldsworthy surveys prayer throughout the Bible, considering how it develops from Genesis through Revelation. Each development is considered within its chronological context as God progressively revealed his plan, but always is interpreted it in light of the completed revelation in Jesus Christ as the intermediary by whom we pray to God the Father.

Goldsworthy does not lay a guilt trip on us for "not praying enough"; as in all of our lives, in ourselves we are indeed inadequate, but the solution to this is not "working harder", but God's grace.

Do not read this book expecting to find a ready "how to" manual. Goldsworthy would view that the form of prayer (liturgical or casual? spontaneous or formal?) is largely beside the point, and certainly secondary. What matters is that our developing practice of prayer be based on our developing knowledge of God, as he has revealed himself to us, and in light of our current position in Christ - who came to redeem us, who comes to be with us through his Spirit, and who is coming in the consummation. This book clearly lays out and communicates the major framework of this knowledge. The content of this book, translated into practice, will revolutionize much of the practice of prayer in the church today, bringing us back into alignment with God's vision of how it should be.

This book is readily understandable though (or because!) it is not written in a populist style. In dealing with its subject matter, one's entire worldview and theological framework necessarily play a part. Goldsworthy acknowledges, but does not elaborate on, his framework. Being that it is generally in agreement with what (I believe) to be true, I heartily commend this book to anyone seeking to align their practice of prayer with what God reveals it should be.
 

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