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A Call to Spiritual Reformation:Priorities From Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson
Logos, my favorite Bible study software recently held its own version of March Madness-we voted for out favorite authors. With each round a discount for titles by the runners up were given. D.A. Carson won in the end so I picked up a few of his books at 75 percent off. (Including his commentary on John which is considered one of the best of the best.)
This morning I sat down with the introduction to this book. Carson asks a very good question: what do you think is the urgent need of the church today? Is it purity, integrity, evangelistic effectiveness, better study of Scripture, improved private and corporate worship? While those are important, Carson comes to a different conclusion about the most urgent need in the church today- It is to know God and in this book he focuses on what he calls just one vital part of knowing God better-prayer. "My aim, then, in this series of meditations, is to examine the foundations again. Many different approaches might have been chosen, but the one adopted here is simple. Just as God’s Word must reform our theology, our ethics, and our practices, so also must it reform our praying. The purpose of this book, then, is to think through some of Paul’s prayers, so that we may align our prayer habits with his. We want to learn what to pray for, what arguments to use, what priorities we should adopt, what beliefs should shape our prayers, and much more." I can hardly wait to dig deeper with him.
Grace, Peace and Mercy,
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