Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 131 pages
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Bringing our needs and desires to God has always stood at the heart of Christian prayer. But why is petitioning God so important? In "Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom" noted theologian Stanley Grenz points to petitionary prayer as a crucial way for us to be involved with God's work in history. At the center of such prayer, Grenz argues, is the cry to God that his kingdom might come into the world.

Grenz explores key questions that many Christians ask: What does it mean to pray "according to God's will"? Should we persist in petitioning God for our needs? Does prayer really influence God? In the process of addressing these questions, Grenz offers practical guidance on praying effectively and challenges the contemporary church to recapture what it means to be a church that prays.

Revised and completely rewritten, with the inclusion of additional material, and now featuring an insightful foreword by Eugene Peterson, Grenz's "Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom" will help readers from every Christian tradition to foster a richer personal and communal life of prayer.

 

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Contents

A Call to Prayer
1
The Nature of Christian Prayer
8
The Background to the Christian Concept of Prayer
9
Prayer and the Life of Jesus
14
Prayer in the New Testament Church
23
Christian Prayer and the Church of All Ages
26
How Petitionary Prayer Works
31
What Supplication Effects
32
Praying in Situations of Christian Concern
69
Praying for the Sick
84
Praying Specifically
90
Persisting in Prayer
93
Jesus Command to Persistency
94
The Importance of Persistency
99
The Persistent Attitude
102
Practicing Effective Prayer
105

Prayer and Modern Psychology
36
Prayer and Christian Theology
43
What Praying according to Gods Will Means
54
The Characteristics of the Petitioner
55
The Characteristics of the Petition
63
How to Pray according to Gods Will
67
Praying in Public Worship
107
Praying Alone
111
Praying Together
116
The Life of Prayer
122
Selected Bibliography
125
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About the author (2005)

Stanley J. Grenz was Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and professor of theological studies at Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle, Washington.

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