Calling on the Name of the Lord, Vol. 38 (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
Millar, J. Gary
“The New Studies in Biblical Theology series (edited by D. A. Carson) has been excellent from start to finish. I must have a dozen volumes already. In this book, Millara transplanted Irishman now serving as principal of Queensland Theological College in Australiaargues that prayer, according to the Bible, is asking God to do what he has already promised to do. We will always need more books on prayer, because Gods people will always need to be stirred up to pray more.”See All
"At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD" (Genesis 4:26 ESV).
From this first mention of prayer in the Bible, right through to the end, when the church prays "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20), prayer is intimately linked with the gospel God's promised and provided solution to the problem of human rebellion against him and its consequences.
After defining prayer simply as "calling on the name of the Lord," Gary Millar follows the contours of the Bible's teaching on prayer. His conviction is that even careful readers can often overlook significant material because it is deeply embedded in narrative or poetic passages where the main emphases lie elsewhere.
Millar's initial focus is on how "calling on the name of the Lord" to deliver on his covenantal promises is the foundation for all that the Old Testament says about prayer. Moving to the New Testament, he shows how this is redefined by Jesus himself, and how, after his death and resurrection, the apostles understood "praying in the name of Jesus" to be the equivalent new covenant expression. Throughout the Bible, prayer is to be primarily understood as asking God to deliver on what he has already promised as Calvin expressed it, "through the gospel our hearts are trained to call on God's name" (Institutes 3.20.1).