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With Spirit and Understanding : 1369 Meaningful Prayers - Compiled and Classified
Authorship Description
Israel Selvanayagam.
Bibliographical Details xxviii, 406 p. 24 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351485021
ISBN-13 9789351485025, 978-9351485025
Year of Publication 2020.
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Prayer is the lifeline of Christian life. It is the expression of our intimacy with God. It reveals a devotee’s spiritual maturity, self-understanding, understanding of God, the Church and the World. It is not limited to asking for our bodily and worldly needs. Every believer in any religion can pray for these. Biblical verses like ‘Ask, it shall be given’ should not be taken out of their context. This famous phrase was said in the context of seeking God’s reign and justice. Jesus told his desperate disciples that whatever they asked in his name and according to the will of his Father they would receive them. Again, the primary purpose is seeking the will of the heavenly Father and engaging in mission in a hostile world. As Sadhu Sunder Singh and others have said from their experience, prayer does not change the will of God but the will of the one who prays. There is a place for sharing our problems and needs with God. As we are finite and weak, we seek the supremely wise God’s guidance in our trouble and confusion. But if we think that we can move, arm-twist or manipulate God by loud and persistent shouting, the unique biblical vision of God is blurred. The Bible projects a God of amazing grace and unfailing love, who is zealous to humanize the world. Then, when we pray for others we do not mediate, nor do we leave them to God as if he is the problem to be solved. Rather we pray in solidarity with God and the suffering people, expressing our wish and committing to do our part for finding the solution. Generations of Christians all over the world have prayed with meaningful words and distilled wisdom in their striving towards a God-centred, Christ-minded and Spirit-led life. Here is a record number of such prayers titled, compiled, classified and indexed in one volume.


On Prayer

I. Acclamation and Adoration
II. Praise and Thanksgiving
III. Confession, Forgiveness, Deliverance
IV. Nearer my God
V. God the Father
VI. God the Son
VII. God the Spirit
VIII. Triune God
IX. The Word of God
X. Life and its Fullness
XI. Stages of Life
XII. Daily Cycle
XIII. Courage, Guidance and Strength
XIV. Virtues and Values
XV. The Church
XVI. Christian Ministry
XVII. Christian Witness and Mission
XVIII. Health and Healing
XIX. Bereavement and Future Hope
XX. Special Days of the Calendar Year
XXI. In Solidarity
XXII. Physical and Material Needs
XXIII. Meetings in Local Congregation
XXIV. Nations, Countries and the World
XXV. Universe and Environment
XXVI. The Lord's Prayer - Different Versions
XXVII. Benedictions and Blessings

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The Revd Dr Israel Selvanayagam, originally a presbyter of the Church of South India, pastored churches, preached in conventions, taught in Seminaries/Colleges, resourced seminars/consultations and contributed to writing projects and the Interconfessional Tamil Bible. Currently he is a minister in the Methodist Church in Britain. He has published extensively both in Tamil and English on Religions, Hinduism, Interreligious Dialogue, Mission, Biblical Insights, Devotions and Organic Union of the Church.

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