HOW TO PRAY: The Importance of Prayer [Second Edition]

Christian Publishing House
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 Why is it important to pray regularly? To whom should we pray, and how? What are proper subjects for prayer? When should you pray? Does God listen to all prayers? When Jesus says, "whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith,” an absolute guarantee that we will receive it? HOW TO PRAY by Torrey and Andrews is a spiritual gem that will answer all of these questions and far more. HOW TO PRAY is a practical guidebook covers the how, when, and most importantly, the why of praying. An excellent devotional resource for any Christian library.
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 REUBEN ARCHER TORREY (1856–1928) was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Torrey studied at Yale University, Yale Divinity School, Leipzig University, Erlangen University and received a doctorate from Wheaton College. Soon after becoming a congregational minister, Torrey joined Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic work in Chicago. Torrey authored over 40 books in his lifetime.

EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored fifty-three books and coauthored and updated and expanded three books, as well as over 200 articles. Andrews is the chief translator of the Updated American Standard Version.

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Christian Publishing House
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Published on
Aug 6, 2016
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Pages
150
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ISBN
9781945757105
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Personal Growth
Religion / Christian Life / Prayer
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Warfare
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 Why is personal and family Bible study so important in our life now? How can we apply the Word of God in our lives? How can we use the Bible to help others? How can we effectively use the Scriptures when teaching others? How can we make decisions God’s way? How can Bible principles help us to decide wisely? Why should we have faith in God and his word? The Psalmist tells us, God’s Word “is a lamp to my foot, and a light for my path”―Psalm 119:105.

Since the Bible is a gift from God, the time and effort that we put into our personal Bible Study is a reflection of how much we appreciate that gift. What do our personal Bible study habits reveal about the depth of our appreciation of God’s Word? Certainly, the Bible is a deep and complex book, and reading and studying are not easy at times. However, with time and effort, we can develop a spiritual appetite for personal Bible study. (1 Peter 2:2) Nevertheless, if such personal Bible study is to result in our developing godly devotion, our objective cannot be simply to cover pages of material or to fill your mind with information. Rather, when we read and study a portion of God’s Word, we must take the time to reflect on the material. How rewarding our personal Bible study can become if we do it in a thorough manner. If we buy out the time as to our personal Bible study, we will reap a strong faith, a bright hope, and preparedness for sharing our faith with others. Do not allow the love for God’s Words that we had in the beginning to fade. We need to keep our first love strong by serious personal Bible study, regular Christian meetings, and zealously sharing our faith with others.

 Historical criticism, also known as the historical-critical method or higher criticism, is a branch of literary criticism that investigates the origins of ancient text in order to determine authorship, date of writing and historical accuracy of the Bible, in the light of archaeology and history.

Did Moses really pen the first five books of the Bible, or were they written centuries later by multiple writers as Bible critics say? Did Isaiah from the eighth-century pen the prophetic book that bears his name, or were there three authors who wrote the book centuries later? Did Daniel of the sixth century write the book of Daniel, or was it penned in the second century B.C.E., as the critics suppose? What about the Gospels, can they be trusted? Does the Bible contradict itself? Is it full of errors and mistakes? Did the miracles actually happen? Is the New Testament history or myth? 

Do these critics have grounds for challenging the Bible’s historical truthfulness? Higher criticism has opened the floodgates of false and misleading scholarly works whose effect has been to undermine people’s confidence in the Bible. The authors herein have offered us a defense of historic Christianity that helped define conservative Protestant Christianity. They have given us responses so that the reader can defend the Word of God against attacks from Bible critics, liberal theology, and atheists. The authors herein will expose some of the outstanding weaknesses of modern higher criticism. How do the Bible critics stand up in the light of these conservative Bible scholars? 

True, higher criticism has endured for centuries now and has seemed to flourish going into the 21st century. However, this is because it harmonizes so well with today’s liberal, progressive, secular way of thinking, not because it has proven anything. There is absolutely no solid proof for the claims of higher criticism. Archaeology developed in Europe during the nineteenth century and had since become a discipline, which is respected and practiced across the world. However, while we have found tens of thousands of copies of the Bible books, some dating within decades of the originals, no supposed sources that were behind the Pentateuch or the book of Isaiah have ever been found. Where is this so-called Q source, i.e., a hypothetical written collection of Jesus's sayings, which is supposedly the “common” material, found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke but not in the Gospel of Mark? These authors defend the Bible as the fully inerrant, inspired, authoritative Word of God and we can join their fight against destructive higher criticism and such pseudoscientific theories.

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