Prayer

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Weight 0.42 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.5 in
topic

Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Format

Book

Original Pub Date

1662, 1692

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1965

binding

ePub, Kindle (.mobi), Paperback, Paperback & ePub, Paperback & Kindle

page-count

176

scripture

1 Corinthians

series

Puritan Paperbacks

isbn

9780851510903

Book Description

Two works on prayer are here brought together. In Praying in the Spirit Bunyan defines what it means to pray with the spirit and with the understanding, and deals with difficulties in prayer. In The Throne of Grace, he explains how to approach God’s throne in prayer and opens up the blessings God’s people receive from the high priestly ministry of Jesus Christ.

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PART ONE
PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
1 What true prayer is 13
2 What it is to pray with the Spirit 23
3 What it is to pray with the Spirit and with the understanding 36
4 Queries and objections answered 43
5 Use and application 49
6 Conclusion 61
PART TWO
THE THRONE OF GRACE
1 God has more thrones than one 67
2 The godly can distinguish one throne from another 69
1. There is a throne of grace 69
Import of the term ‘grace’ 70
What is to be inferred from the term, ‘throne of grace’ 72
What this throne of grace is 74
Where the throne of grace is erected 76
Why the law and the mercy-seat are so near together 78
2. How the godly distinguish the throne of grace from other thrones 79
3 The persons intended by the exhortation, ‘Let us come’ 101
The orderly coming to the throne of grace 102
4 How we are to approach the throne of grace 107
What it is to come to the throne of grace without boldness 111
None but the godly know the throne of grace 114
5 Motives for coming boldly to the throne of grace 119
1. Because we have such an high priest there 119
(i) The legal qualifications of Jesus Christ for the office of high priest 120
Christ the sacrifice as well as the high priest, and how he offered it 129
Christ a willing and an effectual sacrifice 130
Christ the altar 131
How Christ executes the office of high priest 133
How these mysteries are to be learned 139
(ii) The natural qualifications of Jesus Christ to be our high priest 141
2. Because we are sure to speed 151
Saints are like to meet with needy times 151
Continual supplies of grace are essential to our welfare 157
 What this should teach us 161
6 Conclusion 166
Six lessons to be learned from this text 166

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  1. Linda Gabriel

    This one little volume actually contains two works by John Bunyan on prayer. The first exposition on the subject, originally entitled “A Discourse Touching Prayer,” looks at what true prayer is, who should pray, what kinds of prayers are acceptable to God, and what we should pray for. Bunyan begins with making this statement about prayer:

    “Prayer is an ordinance of God to be used both in public and private; yea, such an ordinance as brings those that have the spirit of supplication into great familiarity with God.”

    Followed by this definition of prayer:

    “Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to his Word, for the good of the church, with submission in faith to the will of God.”

    He then proceeds to expound on the points mentioned in this definition, and explains what it means to pray with or in the Spirit. Following this, he addresses what may serve as obstructions to prayer. Bunyan writes,

    “As prayer is the duty of every one of the children of God, and carried on by the spirit of Christ in the soul, so everyone that takes it upon him to pray to the Lord, had need to be very wary and go about that work especially with a dread of God, as well as with hopes of the mercy of God through Jesus Christ.”

    Prayer is indeed serious business, and it is a hard business. We cannot do it in our own strength; it requires the work of the Holy Spirit within us.

    Bunyan’s second discourse, originally published by the title “The Saints’ Privilege and Profit,” focuses on the idea of coming to the throne of grace – what does this mean and how are we to approach it? Bunyan demonstrates how it is that we are able to pray because Jesus Christ was himself the sacrifice, the altar, and the high priest who has provided the way for us to come. He also talks about the proper attitude and motives for prayer.

    This book provides many blessed reminders of the wonderful privilege prayer is and how detrimental and sinful it is when we neglect it.

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