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Work proposes that we take whatever is happening in our world -- a political election or the latest war will do -- and set the Lord's Prayer in the middle of it. Let that prayer shed light on the scene and expose what matters. Then "pray" it. Then look again and see how the prayer is a response to what matters. These three movements give structure to the book as a whole and to each chapter within it. Prayed this way, the Lord's Prayer is always new and never quite the same.
Ecumenical, evangelical, postmodern, and irenic in tone, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" ends not with a neat scholarly wrap-up but with an open-ended "Amen" -- three sparkling, joyful sermons -- a fitting ending to Work's provocative exploration of prayer as a theological process.
"All Majesty and Power presents for the first time in one place agreat range of royal prayers both ancient and modern. The book firstselects prayers that were used by the early Christians and accepted aspart of official church liturgy. The book then proceeds down the ages, collecting prayers in various styles until arriving at recent compositions, such as the coronation rite used in Westminster Abbey. Alongsidethese prayers for royalty is a unique compendium, stretching over onethousand years, of prayers actually written and prayed "by kings andqueens, including, most recently, a text by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Including an original historical (sometimes curious and occasionallyhumorous) introduction by Donald Gray, this volume displays afascinating slice of Christian spirituality through the centuries.
We all pray . . . some.
We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.
But wouldn t we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?
Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.
We aren t the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.
And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn t we use the same?
InBefore Amenbest-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Max reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin."