The Meaning of Prayer
Cosimo Classics, 10 Mar 2016 - 212 sayfa
Harry Emerson Fosdick was one of the most popular liberal preachers of the early twentieth century, and his The Meaning of Prayer is considered by many one of the finest studies of the meditative communion with God. This lovely little book features daily devotional readings focused on understanding prayer, reflecting upon: . The Naturalness of Prayer . Prayer and the Goodness of God . Hindrances and Difficulties . Unanswered Prayer . Prayer as Dominant Desire . Unselfishness in Prayer and other issues arising from conversing with the divine. This warm, friendly guidebook to a profoundly personal act remains an important exploration of one of the world's dominant faiths... just as it was when it was first published in 1915. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Fosdick's The Manhood of the Master and The Meaning of Faith.
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One need only read Johnson's own petitions, such as the one below, to see that he did not mean by this to declare prayer irrational; he meant to stress the fact that praying is first of all a native tendency.
And turning from Plato's preaching to his practice, he reads this beautiful petition, “King Zeus, grant us the good whether we pray for it or not, but evil keep from us, though we pray for it.” If today one crosses the borders ...
Indeed, when in anguish we have cried for things on which the worth and joy of life seemed utterly to depend, our faith has been staggered by the impotence of our petition and the seeming indifference of God.
That sustained and passionate petition where the Master thrice returned with bloodstained face, to cry, “Let this cup pass” (Matt. 26:39), had “No” for answer. Neither did prayer mean to Jesus merely the reflex action of his own mind.
If no petition were ever answered, would it still be worthwhile to pray? What light does the Bible throw upon these practical difficulties? What was the difference in the prayer of the prodigal on leaving and returning home?
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This was a classic of its time and it is well worth visiting now. This is one of the very formative books in my library and I will refer to it over and over again. Tam incelemeyi okuyun