Teach Us to Pray

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InterVarsity Press, Apr 17, 2018 - Religion - 112 pages
  • 2019 Logos Bookstore Association Award for Christian Living
One of the most basic and vital dimensions of the Christian life is the practice of prayer. Frequently our prayers begin with a petition or request, so the content of our prayers is informed by our circumstances. But what if the opposite were true? What if we allowed our prayers to inform our lives? What would our lives be like if prayer altered our living and began to shape the contours and content of our daily experiences? Gordon Smith invites us to learn three movements of prayer—thanksgiving, confession, and discernment—in order to be formed and transformed by prayers that seek God's kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven." Whether you are a beginner in the life of prayer or further along, this small book is a resource for deepening your prayer practice.
 

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Contents

Practicing Prayer
1
1 Prayer and the Kingdom of God
3
2 Praying in the Spirit
19
3 The Prayer of Thanksgiving
37
4 The Prayer of Confession
54
5 The Prayer of Discernment
72
6 Prayer as Spiritual Practice
92
Prayer as Petition
105
Notes
109
Books by Gordon T Smith
111
Praise for Teach Us to Pray
113
About the Author
115
More Titles from InterVarsity Press
117
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Gordon T. Smith is the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as professor of systematic and spiritual theology. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of many books, including Courage and Calling, Called to Be Saints, Spiritual Direction, and Consider Your Calling.

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