Lifting Up Our Hearts: 150 Selected Prayers from John Calvin
Calvin, John; Benge, Dustin W. (editor)
“These prayers of Calvin collected by Dustin Benge are particularly rich in biblical and theological substance. They provide a mini–theology in themselves but also embody the wonder that a God of grace has opened up the way that sinners might enter with hope into His presence.”See All
Tom J. Nettles
Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Dustin Benge has done the church a great service by compiling this generous selection of prayers by the great Genevan Reformer, John Calvin. Extracted from his luminous Old Testament Commentaries, these fervent intercessions reveal the warm piety that accompanied this theological genius. Calvin’s personal logo was an open hand, holding a heart, extended upward to God with the words, ‘My heart I offer to Thee, Lord, promptly and sincerely.’ This book clearly demonstrates such singular devotion to God. Here is Calvin’s high doxology, arising upward from his high theology. And here is his exaltation of God, ascending from sound exegesis and exposition. By reading these prayers, I have no doubt but that your own heart will be likewise inflamed.”See All
Steven J. Lawson
author, The Expository Genius of John Calvin
“These prayers of Calvin can be of great personal profit. A book to read and to practice repeatedly.”See All
Herman J. Selderhuis
author, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life
Source: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
John Calvin understood the importance of prayer to the Christian life and wrote extensively on the subject in his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Now modern readers can come to a firmer grasp of how the Reformer viewed prayer by reading his actual prayers.
One of the greatest depositories for Calvin’s prayers is within his lectures on the Old Testament books of Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets. Each lecture would end with a prayer that seemed extemporaneous and reflected, in retrospect, upon the text he had just taught.
Compiled in this volume are 150 of these prayers, arranged by subject and accompanied by the Scripture passage Calvin was expounding. These rich prayers of the great Reformer provide a valuable devotional tool to assist us as we lift up our hearts to God.