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Prayer and the Knowledge of God:
What the Whole Bible Teaches

Graeme Goldsworthy (IVP, 2003)

Blurb Review by Paul Woodbridge


Prayer is central to authentic Christian faith. But whereas much teaching on prayer addresses practical issues and is experience orientated, Graeme Goldsworthy's conviction is that good practice comes from a foundation of good biblical understanding. In this accessible and wide-ranging study he explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and our experience of being his redeemed people, as the grounds for prayer. Using a biblical theology approach he examines the principles that lie behind particular texts in Scripture, and maps out the ‘progress' of prayer from Genesis to Revelation. He explains the basis for prayer, its role in our fellowship with God, and what is involved in prayer. Above all his desire is to encourage Christians in their praying through a better understanding of, and reflection on, the ‘big story' of the whole Bible.


1. Praying and its problems 
2. Finding the reality of prayer 
3. The basis of all prayer 
4. The source of all prayer 
5. The enabling of all prayer 
6. The pattern of all prayer 
7. The progress of prayer I. The History of Israel 
8. The progress of prayer II. The Psalms 
9. The progress of prayer III. Prophetic eschatology 
10. The progress of prayer IV. The New Testament 
11. Conclusion - ‘What do you think about the Christ?'

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