Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches

Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches

Goldsworthy, Graeme

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Goldsworthy again brings his uniquely biblical insight to a central aspect of Christian life. While plenty of books urge us to pray more, Prayer and the Knowledge of God digs deeper than simple exhortation in order to explore the foundations that make our prayer to God possible. First, prayer and any other form of communication is possible because our God is a God who communicates. Even before creation, the triune God enjoyed communication between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Second, in a world marred by human sin, prayer is possible for God’s estranged creatures only because of the mediation of Jesus Christ. Goldsworthy then examines the biblical teaching related to prayer from Genesis through Revelation, including practical observations for God’s people of today. Throughout, Goldsworthy reminds the reader that Christians may ultimately pray to the Father only because he has sent his Son as the perfect mediator. Much like Gospel and Kingdom (now included in The Goldsworthy Trilogy), this volume is another gem that brings biblical theology from the academy into the life of the church. – Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff

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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 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.

Book Details

Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN 10: 0830853669
ISBN 13: 9780830853663