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If God Already Knows Why Pray? Paperback – July 20, 2014
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"Full of excellent expositions of scripture, stories and quotes which time and again focus attention on God." (Trevor Gregory, Christianity)
"This is a very readable book on an important and difficult subject this is a refreshing book in an age of much flippancy in Christian living and worship." (Ronald Christie, Monthly Record)
"It is written for those who find it difficult, in theory or practice, to reconcile our prayers with the sovereignty of God in providence and redemption. He deals with the issues in a way that informs our minds, warms our hearts and moves our wills. He writes with clarity and includes a wealth of memorable and often moving illustrations based on the Bible and personal experience." (Evangelical Times)
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Douglas F. Kelly is the Professor of Theology Emeritus at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Kelly writes from a Protestant viewpoint, albeit from a more moderate position than conservative as he asserts that a Christian's prayer can bind Satan and have power over demons, and he refers to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life.
The work is by no means an exhaustive theology of prayer (nor does the author intend for it to be), but it does provide the basics for prayer in the life of a Christian and attempts to tackle some of the more puzzling questions Christians have including: How should we pray?, What/who should we pray for?, When should fasting be enjoined with prayer?, and What if God answers "No"?
Personally, I anticipated much more from a book with such a formidible title. Though its simplicity in reading is seasoned with practical advice, I found it lacking in depth and in the argumentative support that I supposed would be found in such an endeavor as this. A good book, but not great.