by Gary Holloway
A look at how the courageous prayers of the Bible can give us words with which to approach God, in any circumstance.
Human beings are incurably religious, yet we tend to pray to whatever "god" can save us from our immediate danger. The Bible shows us another way of prayer. We pray to a living God who might save us from danger, but who himself is dangerous. After all, we cannot fathom God. We cannot control God. We must learn the spirit of that extremely risky prayer that Jesus learned to pray: "Yet not my will, but yours be done."
Praying Dangerously is intended to change your life. It is meant to force you to read what the Bible says about prayer. Not only to read, but to reflect. Not only to reflect, but to pray yourself. And if you pray, your life will be forever altered.
This book leads you through the prayers of the Old and New Testaments, exploring the rich heritage of those people who turned to God in joy and sorrow, triumph and defeat, faithfulness and sin. These are not merely ancient prayers in an ancient culture to an ancient God; they are living prayers to a living God who still hears, speaks, and acts. Meeting God in prayer to invite radical change holds high stakes and great possibility. Will you take the risk?
Gary Holloway recently stepped down as Ijams Professor of Bible at Lipscomb University to take on his new role as executive director of the World Convention of Churches of Christ. He also ministers with the Natchez Trace Church in Tennessee. He holds degrees from Harding University, the University of Texas, and Emory University. His previous books include Living God's Love: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality (co-authored with Earl Lavender, 2006) and You Might Be Too Busy If . . . (2009).
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