Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - 131 pages
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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Page 32 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Page 80 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms...
Page 54 - This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of him.
Page 12 - And this is the confidence that we have in Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us ; and if we know that He hears us whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Page 82 - My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Page 28 - For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Page 87 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Page 33 - I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his spirit In your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

About the author (2005)

Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) 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. He authored over twenty-five books, including Rediscovering the Triune God and What Christians Really Believe and Why.

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