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Pray with your eyes open : looking at God, ourselves, and our prayers

Author: Richard L Pratt
Publisher: Phillipsburg, N.J. : Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., ©1987.
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"My prayers never seem to go anywhere." If that sounds like you, here is the help you've been looking for. Richard L. Pratt, Jr., knows the burdens many of us carry because of inadequate prayer lives. In this instructive yet often entertaining book, he offers clear biblical direction on how to pray more effectively. With remarkable care and balance he discusses key issues, from fascination with God to honest  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard L Pratt
ISBN: 0875523773 9780875523774 0875523781 9780875523781
OCLC Number: 15591085
Description: ix, 193 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. The problem with prayer --
Part one : Looking at God. 2. A servant's gaze --
3. Fascination with God's character --
4. Fascination with God's actions --
5. Seeking the presence of God --
Part two : Looking at ourselves. 6. Praying between the times --
7. In times of trouble --
8. In times of joy --
9. In times of need --
Part three : Looking at our communication. 10. Form and freedom in prayer --
11. Communicating petitions --
12. Communicating gratitude --
13. More than words --
14. Practicing prayer --
Appendix A : Names, titles, and metaphors for God --
Appendix B : The attributes of God.
Responsibility: Richard L. Pratt, Jr.

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"My prayers never seem to go anywhere." If that sounds like you, here is the help you've been looking for. Richard L. Pratt, Jr., knows the burdens many of us carry because of inadequate prayer lives. In this instructive yet often entertaining book, he offers clear biblical direction on how to pray more effectively. With remarkable care and balance he discusses key issues, from fascination with God to honest confession of our deepest needs, from concerns over form and freedom in prayer to questions about body language and fasting. Pratt tackles head-on the issues that can puzzle us the most: Why pray when God will do whatever He pleases anyway? Does God ever change His mind? Can we get anything we want by asking for it in Jesus' name? Is it ever right to argue with God? Discussion questions, practical exercises, and assignments with each chapter help to make this book ideal for Sunday school classes and study groups, as well as individual use. - Back cover.

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