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The Folly of Prayer

Paperback|Jun 2009
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Prayer can feel mysteriously difficult, boringly perfunctory or like the ultimate folly. In fact, says pastor Matt Woodley, prayer is actually a real encounter with the untamable God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore our experience of...


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Prayer can feel mysteriously difficult, boringly perfunctory or like the ultimate folly. In fact, says pastor Matt Woodley, prayer is actually a real encounter with the untamable God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore our experience of it should reflect the power, mystery and even risk of entering into relationship with the Lord of the universe. In this book Woodley strips away all the religious-speak and presuppositions we have about prayer, distilling it to the wild essence of wholehearted engagement with the living God. It is through this folly that we are ultimately made wise.
^^Exploring an earthy, unadorned, jargon-free approach to prayer, Woodley unpacks a host of fresh synonyms for God-encounters, including prayer as desperation, invocation, mystery, astonishment, groaning and even absence. With stories from his own experience and biblical and historical examples, this book gives fresh language to describe a life grounded in prayer.
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Prayer can feel mysteriously difficult, boringly perfunctory and frustratingly out of our control. Often prayer brings us comfort, but sometimes, especially when there aren’t easy resolutions or prayers go unanswered, it intensifies and focuses our sense of longing, pain and care. And often God uses our times of darkness and desperation to awaken our hearts to the ache within us--and the cries of those suffering around us. Prayer is all about coming before God to face life head-on, with all its jagged edges of mystery, joy, longing and agony. In fact, says pastor Matt Woodley, prayer is actually a real encounter with the untamable God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore our experience of it should reflect the power, mystery and even risk of entering into relationship with the Lord of the universe. In this book Woodley strips away all the religious-speak and presuppositions we have about prayer, distilling it to the essence of wholehearted engagement with the living God. Exploring an earthy, unadorned, jargon-free approach to prayer, Woodley unpacks a host of fresh synonyms for God-encounters, including prayer as desperation, invocation, mystery, astonishment, groaning and even absence. These marginal ways of praying compel us to engage marginal people--the desperate, the groaning, the victimized and the ignored. As we pray God will open our eyes to the pain of the world around us. With stories from his own experience and biblical and historical examples, Woodley gives fresh language to describe a life grounded in prayer that leads to compassion and service.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 292122
  • Product Code 9780830837120
  • ISBN 0830837124
  • EAN 9780830837120
  • Pages 182
  • Department General Books
  • Category Prayer
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2009
  • Sales Rank 63151
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.227kg

Matt Woodley

Matt Woodley is the senior pastor of Three Village Church, Long Island, New York. He is the co-author, with his wife Julie and H. Norman Wright, of Surviving the Storms of Life and the author of Holy Fools and The Folly of Prayer: Practicing the Presence and Absence of GodHe has also written a number of articles published in Discipleship Journal and Leadership Journal as well as The Mars Hill Review.

  • Introduction: Reimagining Prayer
  • 1 Prayer As Guttural Groaning
  • 2 Prayer As Skin, Trees, Blood, Bread And Wine
  • 3 Prayer As Desperation
  • 4 Prayer As Mystery
  • 5 Prayer As Absence
  • 6 Prayer As An Argument With God
  • 7 Prayer As A Long, Slow Journey
  • 8 Prayer As A Dangerous Activity
  • 9 Prayer As Paying Attention
  • 10 Prayer As Feeling God's Heartbeat
  • 11 Prayer As Love
  • Conclusion: Prayer As Praying
  • Notes
  • Scripture Index

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