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Message of Prayer: Approaching the Throne of Grace (Bible Speaks Today Themes Series)

Paperback|May 2006
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There are already more books on prayer than anyone could ever hope to read. But the message of prayer as conveyed through the Scriptures is often lost as many books seem to be informed more by the experiences of their...


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There are already more books on prayer than anyone could ever hope to read. But the message of prayer as conveyed through the Scriptures is often lost as many books seem to be informed more by the experiences of their authors than by Scripture. However, the Bible not only teaches us about prayer, it also gives us many examples of prayer. It is God's Word to us, and it teaches us how to respond to that Word. For Timothy Chester, an understanding of prayer begins with an understanding of the doctrine of God. The prayer of faith, as represented in the Scriptures, is a trinitarian experience--to God through Christ in the Spirit.

Here we see prayer as practiced by the patriarchs, apostles and ordinary people in the community of faith. We find that our ancestors in the faith faced similar struggles in prayer to ours, and we take guidance from their examples. In the end, the message of prayer is that to be people of prayer is to be people of the Book, and to be people of the Book is to be people of prayer.

Tim Chester's insightful exposition of this central aspect of Christian living is driven by the conviction that we need to reform not only our thinking and behaviour in the light of God's Word, but also our praying.

Drawing on a wide range of biblical texts, he explores the foundations and the practice of prayer, and shows that how we understand prayer is necessarily bound up with how we understand the gospel, and God himself.

In this profound exposition of biblical teaching on prayer, Tim Chester writes, "God has come near to unworthy people 'with the nearness of Father and child'. So, it is in coming as a petitioner before God that the praying person makes the most genuine act of praise and thanksgiving, and therefore worship. . . The Bible invites us to find the model of prayer in the simple petitioning of a child before a father. This leads to freedom and peace."
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"For Timothy Chester, an understanding of prayer begins with an understanding of the doctrine of God. The prayer of faith, as represented in the Scriptures, is a trinitarian experience - to God through Christ in the Spirit." "Here we see prayer as practiced by the patriarchs, apostles and ordinary people in the community of faith. We find that in prayer our ancestors faced similar struggles to ours, and we take guidance from their examples. In the end, the message of prayer is that to be people of prayer is to be people of the Book, and to be people of the Book is to be people of prayer."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Tim Chester

Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, UK, and is a faculty member at The Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy. He is part of the Crowded House, a church planting initiative in Sheffield, UK, and is founder and co-director of the Porterbrook Seminary, a college-level theological training and ministry institute. He was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund and tutor in missiology at Cliff College.

Tim is the author of over thirty books of theology and history, ranging from the popular to the specialised, including Mission and the Coming of God: Eschatology, the Trinity and Mission in the Theology of Jurgen Moltmann (Paternoster); The Message of Prayer (Inter-Varsity Press); From Creation to New Creation (Paternoster); Good News to the Poor (Inter-Varsity Press); Delighting in the Trinity (Monarch); The Busy Christians Guide to Busyness (Inter-Varsity Press); and You can change: God's transforming power for our sinful behaviour and negative emotions (Inter-Varsity Press).

Tim is co-author of The Gospel-Centered Church (The Good Book Co), The World We All Want (Authentic) and Total Church (Inter-Varsity Press) and series editor of The Good Book Guides.

Tim is married to Helen, and they have two daughters.

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