FROM THE INTRODUCTION, by O. Palmer
Prayer in this form is nothing more and nothing less than what the old Puritans called 'pleading the promises'. God has made promises to his people. His people respond by redirecting those promises to the Lord in the form of prayer. How could a God who is faithful to his word fail to answer prayers of this kind? He has promised. He will honour that promise. If Christians would join together and form their prayers with the maturity and insight provided by Scripture itself, the impact on the world could not be measured."
FROM THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS
Approach God with a Heart Full of Praise for the Glories of His Person and Work
Turn your attention totally to this special moment of drawing near to Almighty God. Gather in all your wandering thoughts. Present yourself to him as a living sacrifice with a lively faith. Then bind the sacrifice of your heart and mind with cords to the horns of the altar by the very words of Scripture. Rom. 12:1; Psa. 118:27
Let us now lift up our hearts along with our eyes and hands to God in the heavens. Let us stir ourselves up to take hold of God as we seek his face. Let us give him the glory due his Name. Let us now worship God, who is a spirit, in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking these kinds of people to worship him. Lam. 3:41; John 17:1; Isa. 64:7; Psa. 27:8; 29:2; John4:23,24.
We lift up our souls to you, O Lord. Help us to direct our full attention to you with undistracted devotion. Keep our hearts from being far from you as we draw near to you with our mouths and honour you with our lips. With humble boldness we enter the most holy of all places through the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he has consecrated for us through the veil, which is his torn flesh. Psa. 25:1; 1 Cor. 7:35; Matt. 15:8; Heb. 10:19, 20.
Now focus your attention on this glorious God you dare to approach. Present yourself to him as someone who fully believes in his uniqueness and is filled with awe at his greatness. Distinguish yourself from people who worship all kinds of false gods.
Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, the one who is, and was, and is to come. You alone are the great I AM, and you alone are the Most High over all the earth. Rev. 4:8; Exod. 3:14; Psa. 83:18.
O Lord, you are our God. We seek you in all earnestness. Our souls thirst for you, our bodies long for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water. You are our God, and we will praise you, our father's God, and we will exalt you. You are the true God, the living God, the one only living and true God, the everlasting King, the Covenant Lord our God who is one Lord. Psa. 63:1; Exod. 15:2; Jer. 10:10; Deut. 6:4.
How to Read This Book
6: Prayers for Particular Occasions
7: Concluding Our Prayers
8: The Lord's Prayer Expanded
9: Shorter Forms of Prayer
A Short Summary of Prayer Topics
An Expanded Summary of Prayer Topics