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A Guide to Prayer

Author

Isaac Watts

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Weight 0.68 lbs
Dimensions 7.7 x 5.25 x 0.75 in
topic

Prayer

Format

Book

isbn

9780851518138

Original Pub Date

1715

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 2001

binding

Cloth-bound

page-count

192

scripture

Whole Bible

Book Description

Isaac Watts’ book A Guide to Prayer, is a helpful and practical guide to prayer. To Isaac Watts, prayer was more than a duty required in the worship of God. It was ‘the conversation which God allows us to maintain with himself above, while we are here below…in which the soul of a saint often gets near to God, experiences great delight and, as it were, dwells with his heavenly Father for a short time before he comes to heaven.’

But Watts knew that most Christians need help in the use of this great privilege, so that our prayers should be both acceptable to God and ‘a delightful and profitable exercise to our own souls and to those that join with us’.

Watts deals in turn with the nature of prayer, prayer viewed as a gift which can be developed, prayer as dependent on the fruits of divine grace, and the assistance of the Spirit of God in prayer. In his final chapter he brings forward several arguments to persuade all Christians to develop and use ‘this holy skill of conversation with God’.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Preface 1
  Introduction 8
  CHAPTER 1: THE NATURE OF PRAYER 10
  Invocation 10
  Adoration 11
  Confession 13
  Petition 16
  Pleading 20
  Profession, or Self-Dedication 26
  Thanksgiving 29
  Blessing 32
  Amen, or the Conclusion 33
  CHAPTER 2: THE GIFT OF PRAYER 34
  What the Gift of Prayer Is 34
  Forms of Prayer, Free or Conceived Prayer, and Praying Extempore 36
  The Content of Prayer 49
  The Method of Prayer 62
  Expression in Prayer 68
  The Voice in Prayer 86
  Gesture in Prayer 92
  General Directions on the Gift of Prayer 102
  CHAPTER 3: THE GRACE OF PRAYER 109
  The Grace of Prayer, and How It Differs from the Gift 109
  General Graces of Prayer 113
  Graces that Belong to Particular Parts of Prayer 115
  Directions to Attain the Grace of Prayer 119
  CHAPTER 4: THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER 124
  Proofs of the Assistance of the Spirit of God in Prayer 125
  How the Spirit Assists Us in Prayer 134
  Cautions about the Influences of the Spirit 147
  Directions to Obtain and Keep the Spirit of Prayer 157
  CHAPTER 5: PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS TO LEARN TO PRAY 167

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