Prayer and the Knowledge of God: What the Whole Bible Teaches, By Graeme Goldsworthy

Prayer and the Knowledge of God

What the Whole Bible Teaches

by Graeme Goldsworthy

Prayer and the Knowledge of God
  • Length: 220 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.25 × 8.5 in
  • Published: August 10, 2004
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 5366
  • ISBN: 9780830853663

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? Is it really possible to talk to God?
? Does he listen to us?
? How do we know what to say?
? Will it make any difference if we pray?

Prayer is central to Christian faith and life and such questions are fundamental. While much teaching on prayer adresses practical issues and is experience-oriented, Graeme Goldsworthy's conviction is that good practice comes from a foundation of good biblical understanding.

In this accessible and wide-ranging study, Goldsworthy explores the reality of God, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and our experience of being his redeemed people as the grounds for prayer, which he defines as "talking to God."

Using a biblical-theological approach, he examines the principles that lie behind particular texts in Scripture, and he 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 Christian prayer.

Above all, Goldworthy's 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, 1: The History of Israel
8. The Progress of Prayer, 2: The Psalms
9. The Progress of Prayer, 3: Prophetic Eschatology
10. The Progress of Prayer, 4: The New Testament
11. Conclusion: "What Do You Think About the Christ?"
Index of Subjects and Names
Index of Scripture References


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Graeme Goldsworthy

Graeme Goldsworthy is an Australian Anglican and Old Testament scholar. He was formerly lecturer in Old Testament, biblical theology and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia and continues to teach there part time. Goldsworthy is the author of According to Plan, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, Gospel Kingdom,The Gospel in Revelation and The Gospel and Wisdom. He has an MA from Cambridge University and a ThM and PhD from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.