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    New Book on Prayer


    Prayer: From Vice to Virtue by Rev. Nathan Lewis (PCA)

    This is a excellent new little book on Prayer made available at Monergism Books

    Table of Contents
    Chapter 1: From Complaints to Prayer
    Chapter 2: From Gossip to Prayer
    Chapter 3: From Arguments to Prayer
    Chapter 4: From Lust to Prayer
    Chapter 5: From Confusion to Prayer
    Chapter 6: From Prayer-Poor Worship to the House of Prayer
    Chapter 8: The Benefits of Scheduled Prayer
    Chapter 9: The Benefits of Impromptu Prayer
    Appendix: Praying the Lord’s Prayer

    Pastor Lewis makes a proposal based upon the assertion that we actually do have time to pray and that we possess all of the skills and methods to pray. Our sins and weaknesses show that we have the time, skills, and methods necessary for prayer. People ask me as a pastor how they might be free of sin and weakness in their lives. One part of the answer is to replace vice with virtue. The more good you do, the less time you have for evil. The more time you spend in prayer, the more spiritual vitality you will experience.

    Do you remember the three disciples in the garden,Gethsemane? They fell asleep instead of praying with Jesus. When Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples gathered in the upper room and prayed fervently, waiting for the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit. What was the source of this radical change in the disciples? They sensed their great need for communion with God. Jesus had ascended and the Holy Spirit’s descent was pending.Undoubtedly, the Holy Spirit moved upon them to express their need through prayer. In the upper room, these disciples had the time and the language skills they needed to pray. Instead of complaining, arguing, gossiping, doubting, and lusting, they devoted themselves to prayer. Certainly prayer is the result of the internal work of the Holy Spirit. My particular interest in writing this booklet is to discuss how prayer is related to the whole of our behavior as we are filled with the Holy Spirit. And so, this booklet explores the redeeming of our time and natural, God-given skills for prayer.

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    Posted by John on October 26, 2007 01:46 PM

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