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Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation Paperback – January 20, 2015
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Previously published as A Call to Spiritual Reformation, this book has now been updated to connect more effectively with contemporary readers. A study guide, DVD, and leader's kit for the book are available through Lifeway and The Gospel Coalition.
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God doesn't demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately. The apostle Paul found that spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father. Praying with Paul calls believers to reject superficiality and revolutionize their lives by embracing a God-guided approach to prayer. By following Paul's life-shaping principles, we can hear God speak to us today.
"Carson shows how the apostle Paul kept eternal values at the center of prayer. . . . [This book] is a manifesto for profound, other-centered, God-guided praying. Such prayer is not caught up in the tyranny of the urgent but the urgency of the eternal."
"The greatest need for churches today is not education, evangelism, or programs but a deeper knowledge of God. [This] book contributes to filling that need by assisting those who read it to a fuller life of prayer."
--Review and Expositor
"This work is one of the best recent efforts that integrate biblical praying with the whole Christian life."
--Master's Seminary Journal
"The reader is guided, gently yet persuasively, towards a reformation in personal dealings with God. This excellent and timely book can be heartily commended."
--The Banner of Truth
A study guide, DVD, and leader's kit for Praying with Paul are available through The Gospel Coalition (thegospelcoalition.org).
About the Author
- Publisher : Baker Academic; 2nd edition (January 20, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 080109710X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801097102
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.59 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carson does not attempt to cover every prayer of Paul, but the prayers he does cover, he covers in helpful, scholarly and biblically faithful depth. Carson is a scholar. But Carson writes with mind and emotion. Carson calls for a spiritual reformation of the church through prayer and yet Carson does not browbeat nor does he write to produce emotionalism on the positive side or guilt on the negative side. Instead, Carson faithfully exegetes the inspired text of Scripture faithfully, cogently and ardently.
The Church is called to pray. Our interaction with our Creator is through prayer. Our Lord provided His Church with the pattern of prayer. And God provides us further direction through the prayers of Paul. If we choose not to follow the examples of Our Lord, and others, in Scripture, our prayers will be shallow, vapid, self-serving and empty. But if we choose to learn from the biblical record, our prayers will be faithful to Scripture, full of power because we are praying inspired Scripture and our prayers will be focused on the glory of God and much less focused on ourselves.
This book is no less than a call to revival in prayer. May God use this book to drive people to the only God-breathed book—the Bible—to reform our hearts, to reform our prayers, and to reform Christ’s Church. Happy reading!
This book was a gift to a dear friend. Reuben is 96 years old and a real gift, himself. I had not asked him if he would like to read the book, but just ordered it. Then the questions: Would he be able to read it? I have a Kindle copy and live a few hundred miles from him, so I couldn't determine the print size. So if he could read it, would he enjoy it?
When I talked to him two nights ago, the answer to both was an enthusiastic "Yes!!" My friend is a retired pastor, then college professor of religion and philosophy, and Sunday School teacher to mostly professional adults. In fact, he taught his class until his church closed due to the pandemic. I am so thrilled that he is enjoying this book, as I am. So we both enthusiastically recommend it!
I did not enjoy and therefore do no recommend this book..
For a Prayer manual I will leave it to the author's own words..
"Still, I am aware how little of the biblical material on prayer this short book has covered. For example, this book has not probed any of the psalms, and many of the psalms are prayers."
"I would not want someone to treat this book as if it were a how-to manual on prayer."
Carson writes in an accessible way as he breaks down some of Paul’s prayers. He helped me to understand not only the content of the prayers, but the context as well; and he taught me to consider how both of those things can and should influence my own prayers.