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Book Title: A Guide to Prayer|
The author of the book: Isaac Watts
Edition: Banner of Truth
Date of issue: December 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780851518138
Format files: PDF
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"There is such a thing as correspondence with heaven, and prayer is a great part of it while we dwell on earth." p. 169
Excellent little book which opened my eyes to depth of rich conversation that I can have with God. I finished the book, feeling challenged yet with a clear idea of what aspects I could incorporate in prayer.
The first chapter, "The Nature of Prayer," which was particularly profitable, explained the parts of prayer. Pleading with God, arguing our case with him in a fervent yet humble manner, was something that I would initially think presumptuous. Yet we see this kind of conversing in Scripture. We may plead by the perfection of the nature of God (his mercies' sake), by His relations to men (Creator), by promises of the covenant of grace, by the name and honor of God in the world, former experiences of ourselves and others. The most important is to plead by the name and mediation of Christ.
I was also encouraged by Watts' chapter on how the Spirit assists us in prayer - He gives us natural capacities of understanding, memory, and intelligence; He blesses our diligent reading, hearing, meditation; He inclines our heart to prayer. . . I appreciate that Watts makes an effort to find a balance between attributing too much or too little to the Holy Spirit.
Men must toil to acquire knowledge in a certain field. Similarly, prayer does not come without diligence, but we have the Holy Spirit's assistance! To develop skill in prayer, Watts recommends drawing up a prayer to use monthly, yet giving oneself liberty to enlarge, as one feels led.
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Read information about the authorIsaac Watts was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
Watts was the author of a text book on logic which was particularly popular; its full title was, Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth With a Variety of Rules to Guard Against Error in the Affairs of Religion and Human Life, as well as in the Sciences. This was first published in 1724, and its popularity ensured that it went through twenty editions. Isaac Watts' Logic became the standard text on logic at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale; being used at Oxford University for well over 100 years.
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