Praying Dangerously: Daring Prayers for Meaningful Faith

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Human beings are incurably religious, and we tend to pray to whatever "god" can save us from our immediate danger. The Bible shows us another way of prayer. We pray to a living God who may save us from danger but who himself is dangerous. After all, we cannot fathom God. We cannot control God. We must learn the spirit of that very risky prayer that Jesus learned to pray: "Yet not my will, but yours be done."

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Overview

Human beings are incurably religious, and we tend to pray to whatever "god" can save us from our immediate danger. The Bible shows us another way of prayer. We pray to a living God who may save us from danger but who himself is dangerous. After all, we cannot fathom God. We cannot control God. We must learn the spirit of that very risky prayer that Jesus learned to pray: "Yet not my will, but yours be done."

Praying Dangerously is intended to change your life. It invites you to read what the Bible says about prayer. And not only to read, but to reflect. And not only to reflect, but to pray yourself. And when you pray, your life will be forever altered.

This book leads you through the prayers of both the Old and New Testaments, exploring the rich heritage of those people who turned to God in joy and sorrow, triumph and defeat, faithfulness and sin. These are not merely ancient prayers in an ancient culture to an ancient God; they are living prayers to a living God who still hears, speaks, and acts.

Meeting God in prayer to invite personal change holds high stakes and great possibility. Will you take the risk?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891126751
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 939,295
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 Praying with the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy)

Chapter 1 "They Bowed before the Lord": Prayer as Fear and Trembling 15

Chapter 2 "And He Will Pray for You": Prayer as Bold Intercession 25

Part 2 Praying with the Historical Books (Joshua-Esther)

Chapter 3 "Oh Lord, I Beg You": Prayer as Life-Changing Requests to God 37

Chapter 4 "Do Not Stop Crying Out to the Lord": Prayer as a Cry for Deliverance 47

Chapter 5 "There is No God Like You": Prayer as Gratitude and Praise 55

Chapter 6 "Let us Fall into the Hands of the Lord": Prayers of Heartfelt Repentance 65

Part 3 Praying with the Psalms, Wisdom Books, and Prophets

Chapter 7 "Sing about the Lord's Ways": Prayer as Songs of Struggle and Joy 77

Chapter 8 "How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place": Prayer as Songs of Celebration 87

Chapter 9 "Trust in the Lord and Do Good": Prayer as Words of Wisdom 97

Chapter 10 "Yet I Will Rejoice in the Lord": Prayer as Dangerous Questions 105

Chapter 11 What We can Learn about Prayer from the Old Testament 115

Part 4 Praying with Jesus in the Gospels

Chapter 12 "Our Father": Prayer as Relationship with the Holy 125

Chapter 13 "Lord, Be Merciful...": Prayer as Humble Submission 135

Chapter 14 "Father, I Thank You": Prayer as the Practice of Jesus 145

Chapter 15 "Not My Will But Yours": Prayer as Crucifixion 155

Part 5 Praying with Early Christians in Acts and the Letters

Chapter 16 "They Devoted Themselves to Prayer": Prayer in Times of Danger 167

Chapter 17 "Your Prayer Has Been Heard": Prayer as Constant Trust 175

Chapter 18 "I Thank God for You": Prayer as Relationship with God's People 183

Chapter 19 "We Have Not Ceased Praying for You": Prayer as Desire for Holiness 193

Chapter 20 "Give Thanks in All Circumstances": Prayer as Gratitude 203

Chapter 21 "Pray in the Spirit at All Times": Prayer as Spiritual Communion 211

Chapter 22 "Ask in Faith, Never Doubting": Prayer as Confidence 219

Chapter 23 "Discipline Yourself for the Sake of Your Prayers": Prayer as Anticipation 225

Conclusion: "Lord Teach us to Pray": Following the Dangerous Path of Prayer 231

Detailed Outline of Contents 238

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