Providence & Prayer

How Does God Work in the World?

Author: Terrance L. Tiessen

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083087660X

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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Recipient of an Honourable Mention in the 2001 God Uses Ink Contest! "Lord, please give me a parking space!" That prayer sounds right on your third time around the block, frustrated and late for an appointment. But is it consistent with how God works in the world? Does prayer change God's mind or only our feelings? Does God do things because we ask him to? Or do we ask him because he prompts us to do so? How much control does God really have in the world, anyway? If he has given us free will, can he always guarantee that things will happen as he intends or wishes? Is our need for parking spaces important enough to bother God, or is he only concerned about things that advance his program of salvation? If God has already decided how things will turn out, what use is it to pray? On the other hand, if our freedom limits God's ability to achieve his wishes all the time, how much could he do even if we asked for help? How much does God know about the future, and how does this factor into the way our prayers affect the outcome? And how does God's relationship to time enter into the whole equation? With such questions in mind, Terrance Tiessen presents ten views of providence and prayer--and then adds an eleventh, his own. He describes each view objectively and then tackles the question, If this is the way God works in the world, how then should we pray? The result of his investigation is a book that puts us at the intersection between theological reflection and our life and conversation with God. It prods and sharpens our understanding, making us better theologians and better prayers.

Providence & Prayer

How Does God Work in the World?

Author: Terrance L. Tiessen

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083087660X

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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Recipient of an Honourable Mention in the 2001 God Uses Ink Contest! "Lord, please give me a parking space!" That prayer sounds right on your third time around the block, frustrated and late for an appointment. But is it consistent with how God works in the world? Does prayer change God's mind or only our feelings? Does God do things because we ask him to? Or do we ask him because he prompts us to do so? How much control does God really have in the world, anyway? If he has given us free will, can he always guarantee that things will happen as he intends or wishes? Is our need for parking spaces important enough to bother God, or is he only concerned about things that advance his program of salvation? If God has already decided how things will turn out, what use is it to pray? On the other hand, if our freedom limits God's ability to achieve his wishes all the time, how much could he do even if we asked for help? How much does God know about the future, and how does this factor into the way our prayers affect the outcome? And how does God's relationship to time enter into the whole equation? With such questions in mind, Terrance Tiessen presents ten views of providence and prayer--and then adds an eleventh, his own. He describes each view objectively and then tackles the question, If this is the way God works in the world, how then should we pray? The result of his investigation is a book that puts us at the intersection between theological reflection and our life and conversation with God. It prods and sharpens our understanding, making us better theologians and better prayers.

Abandonment to Divine Providence

Author: Jean-Pierre De Caussade

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0307826422

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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For more than 250 years, this simple classic of inspiration has guided readers of all faiths to the open-hearted acceptance of God's will that is the sure path to serenity, happiness, and spiritual peace. "A spiritual classic of the first order... a book for all those who truly seek God." --Dom David Knowles "Father de Caussade has a wonderful way of encouraging the doubtful, of nurturing the personal surrender that is so much a part of the development of faith. The book is a mystery of its own -- and is definitely not for Christians only." --Rabbi Joshua Chasan "Abandonment to Divine Providence is a classic perhaps more necessary now than ever before. It's a little book that rightly rejects the spirituality of fear and trembling (and the modern preoccupation with dreary self-absorption) in favor of an abiding trust in God's active benevolence. This is a work one reads again and again, always with gratitude and astonishment." --Donald Spoto, Author of Blue Angel and The Dark Side of Genius

Science and Providence

God's Interaction with the World

Author: John C. Polkinghorne

Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press

ISBN: 1599470845

Category: Religion

Page: 140

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Internationally renowned priest-scientist Dr. John C. Polkinghorne examines whether a personal, interacting God is a credible concept in today's scientific age. Encouraging the belief that there is a compatibility between the insights of science and the insights of religion, this book, previously published in the United Kingdom, focuses on the viewpoint that the world is one in which both human beings and God have the freedom to act. A modern understanding of the physical world is applied to questions of prayer and providence, such as: Do miracles happen? Can prayer change anything? Why does evil exist? Why does God allow suffering? Why does God need us to ask him? God's involvement in time is considered, from both a temporal and an eternal perspective. The roles of incarnation and sacrament are discussed in terms of whether or not they have a credible place in today's worldview. And the Final Anthropic Principle (FAP) is presented, with its attempt at a physical eschatology, showing it to be an inadequate basis for hope. Real hope can reside only with God, Polkinghorne concludes.

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

The Secret of Peace and Happiness

Author: Rev. Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure,St. Claude de la Colombiere

Publisher: TAN Books

ISBN: 1618909169

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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"To remain indifferent to good fortune or to adversity by accepting it all from the hand of God without questioning, not to ask for things to be done as we would like them but as God wishes, to make the intention of all our prayers that God's will should be perfectly accomplished in ourselves and in all creatures is to find the secret of happiness and content."

The Providence of God

A Polyphonic Approach

Author: David Fergusson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108563147

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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The concept of providence is embedded in the life and theology of the church. Its uses are frequent and varied in understandings of politics, nature, and individual life-stories. Parallels can be discerned in other faiths. In this volume, David Fergusson traces the development of providential ideas at successive periods in church history. These include the early appropriation of Stoic and Platonic ideas, the codification of providence in the Middle Ages, its foregrounding in Reformed theology, and its secular applications in the modern era. Responses to the Lisbon earthquake (1755) provide an instructive case study. Although confidence in divine providence was shaken after 1914, several models were advanced during the twentieth century. Drawing upon this diversity of approaches, Fergusson offers a chastened but constructive account for the contemporary church. Arguing for a polyphonic approach, he aims to distribute providence across all three articles of the faith.

The Ways of Providence

Religion & George Washington

Author: Frank E. Grizzard

Publisher: Mariner Companies, Inc.

ISBN: 9780976823810

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 121

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An indispensable reference to the life and times of America's indispensable man.--James C Rees, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. ... we are in the hands of a master of his craft and subject.--John Buchanan, Journal of Military History.

Providence

On Angels' Wings

Author: Lauren Wynn

Publisher: Advantage Media Group

ISBN: 1599323516

Category: Fiction

Page: 440

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Zan always knew the role for which he was created: to guide, encourage, and protect. He spent every moment of his angelic existence preparing for his earthly assignment. What he didn't expect were the intense emotions--love, loss, heartache--that came along with it. More specifically, the feelings tied to one of his "callers", a girl named Providence.

Divine Providence

The Molinist Account

Author: Thomas P. Flint

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801473364

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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Divine Providence is by far the most detailed and extensive presentation of the Molinist view ever written.

Prayer

Our Deepest Longing

Author: Ronald Rolheiser

Publisher: Franciscan Media

ISBN: 1616366575

Category: Religion

Page: 78

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Prayer: Our Deepest Longing looks at the issues facing people of faith in today’s culture, and offers a way of more effectively dealing with them by seeking out opportunities for prayer. With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques on how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He delves into the places that we fear to go with our issues about prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration. The book is divided into five sections. 1. Why Pray? Illustrates the purposes and benefits of prayer for ourselves, as well as for the broader Catholic community and even the world. 2. Why Is It so Hard? Notes how our contemporary culture conspires against taking time out for solitude and prayer, and how our own ego—with its fears, restlessness, and narcissism—can work against developing a deeper relationship with God through prayer. 3. What Is Prayer? Outlines the two basic types of prayer, that is, affective (personal) and priestly (for the world). This section also notes the many ways or methods for each type of prayer, such as meditation, contemplation, the divine office, the Mass, and Scripture. 4. Sticking with It When It Gets Hard. This section covers the development of mature prayer, discussing ways to pray in times of boredom, disillusionment, crisis, helplessness, or after a loved one’s death. 5. Mysticism. Here we learn about this increasingly popular form of intimate relationship with God. There will be a leader’s guide for this book, making it an ideal resource for use with prayer groups, small faith communities, and retreats. This is a book for all manner of believer, whether your faith is solidly rooted in Catholicism, wavering between the Christianity of childhood and non-participatory faith as an adult, or just not sure what you believe—or whether you believe at all. It addresses topics that typify our culture, such as narcissism, pragmatism, efficiency, and self-gratification, and that work against a healthy spiritual life. Finally, the book takes us to a place of contact and comfort, in relationship not only with God but with our true selves as well.

The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer

Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer

Author: E. M. Bounds

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441212736

Category: Religion

Page: 576

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Learn the secrets of effective prayer for every need. The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer is the definitive Bounds collection in modern English. Eight classic explorations cover every aspect of prayer in a readable way. Included in this volume are 120 entries on what this great pastoral leader taught about the essentials, necessity, possibilities, power, purpose, reality, and weapon of prayer. Because Bounds so diligently practiced what he preached, he was able to capture the essence of prayer and his works live on to call today's Christians to higher discipleship and more energetic prayer lives.

Steps to Christ

Author: Ellen G. White

Publisher: Masterlab

ISBN: 8363625299

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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Few books attain a distribution reckoned in millions or exert so great an influence in the uplifting of humanity as has Steps to Christ.

Knocking on Heaven's Door

A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer

Author: David Crump

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 080102689X

Category: Religion

Page: 345

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Offers a cohesive New Testament theology of petitionary prayer.

Operation World

The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation

Author: Jason Mandryk

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 083089599X

Category: Religion

Page: 3841

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Operation World, the definitive global prayer handbook, has been used by more than a million Christians to pray for the nations. Now in its 7th edition, it has been completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk with a team of missionaries and researchers, and it covers the entire populated world. Included in this updated and revised 7th edition: All the countries of the world featured Maps of each country Geographic information People groups within each country Economic information Political information Religious make-up of each country Daily Prayer Calendar Answers to prayer Challenges for prayer Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world change, a missionary abroad or simply curious about the world, Operation World will give you the information necessary to play a vital role in fulfilling the Great Commission. Note: Because this ebook is richly illustrated, please allow a little extra time to download after purchase.

Albert & Thomas

Selected Writings

Author: Simon Tugwell

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809130221

Category: Philosophy

Page: 650

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Contains writings by two 13th-century Dominicans, both Doctors of the Church, St. Albert the Great (1200-1280), patron saint of natural scientists, and the 'common doctor,' St. Thomas Aquinas (1226-1274), both famous for their contributions to philosophy and theology.