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Prayer and John Bunyan

Prayer and John Bunyan

John Bunyan wrote several books dealing with prayer and they are well worth reading today even though there is a multitude of modern books written on prayer. We should not despise those written by saints of old especially by those who suffered so much for standing for the faith once delivered to the saints.

I will pray with the Spirit and with the understanding

written in Bedford Jail, and published in 1662. It’s only 18 pages in the “Offer Edition Vol. 1 page 621.”  but a great Spiritual uplift and challenge.

It contains one of the best definitions of prayer, IMHO………

“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to His Word, for the good of the Church, with submission faith to the will of God”

Bunyan splits this into 7 parts and expounds them scripturally in his little book on prayer.

The Banner of Truth Trust Published this work with another of his works on prayer called …

The Saints’ Privilege and Profit or the Throne of Grace which was published posthumously in 1692. Offer Edition Vol. 1 page 641 (Banner title “Prayer” 1965)

This book is based on Hebrews 4:16 “ Let us come therefore Boldly to the Throne of grace…… It distinguishes the Throne of Grace from other Thrones, it shows who may come there and how we are to approach the throne of Grace. It give us motives for coming, it finally give us its Use and Application by way of conclusion.

Christ a Complete Saviour  is also in Vol.1 (page 202) of the “Offer Edition 1859”

It deals with intercession of Christ. Its benefits, the persons interested in His intercession, the certainty of their reaping the benefits, and of course its Uses and Application.

A fourth book of Bunyan which deals with Prayer is

A Discourse on the Pharisee and Publican  Offer Edition 1859 Vol. 2 page 215.

It considers the persons in the text –the Pharisee and the Publican, it then considers separately both of their prayers and a five-part conclusion drawing warnings from the nature of their prayers.

The Banner of Truth Trust reprinted the Offer Edition in three Volumes and it is still available at £65. The original are still available, but at a price, I have a spare set if you are interested please mail me.

© Jeff Maxwell 2011
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