Christians often say, "In Jesus' name" to close their prayers. But is this truly a desire of the heart or a perfunctory "Yours Truly" to God? Bryan Chapell says we should begin our prayers in Jesus' name-we should be Praying Backwards. In this practical and inspiring book, he shows readers that to truly pray in Jesus' name is to reorder one's priorities in prayer-and in life-away from oneself and towards Jesus and his kingdom. It is to pray believing in the power and the goodness of the One who hears, and thus to pray boldly, expectantly, and persistently.
Readers seeking to transform their prayer lives will find wonderful direction in Praying Backwards.
Bryan Chapell is president of Covenant Theological Seminary and a former pastor. He is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion finalist Holiness by Grace, as well as The Wonder of It All, The Promises of Grace, and Each for the Other. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
The words "in Jesus' name, Amen"-traditionally used to close Christian
prayer-take on significantly deeper meaning thanks to Chapell's newest book.
The former pastor, now president of Covenant Theological Seminary, urges
readers to use that routine phrase as the premise and basis for prayer rather
than merely tacking it on at the end. Chapell offers a well-written,
well-organized discussion of prayer based on Jesus' prayer life and biblical
principles. The book is unusually rigorous and insightful. Chapell answers
tough questions-Why bother to pray? Why does God want persistent prayer? How
can we know God's will?-with sound, biblical answers. His metaphor of praying
within the "fence posts" of righteousness and prudence along the road to God's
will is especially apt. He also includes a thorough discussion of the role of
the Holy Spirit, sometimes overlooked in other books on prayer. Finally,
Chapell doesn't hesitate to admit that prayer, patience and understanding
God's plan are difficult. He says that believers don't need to stop putting
"in Jesus' name" at the end of prayer; they need to start putting God's
priorities first. As he explains, "Praying in Jesus' name is not merely the
postscript to a good prayer; it is the prelude to God's providing the best of
all things for his loved ones." (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business
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