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lling on the Name of the Lord (by Gary Millar)
Volume 38, New Studies in Biblical Theology
Published: March 2016
ISBN-10: 0-8308-2639-4

Abstract

“At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:26 ESV).

From this first mention of prayer in the Bible, right through to the end, when the church prays “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20), prayer is intimately linked with the gospel—God’s promised and provided solution to the problem of human rebellion against him and its consequences.

After defining prayer simply as “calling on the name of the Lord,” Gary Millar follows the contours of the Bible’s teaching on prayer. His conviction is that even careful readers can often overlook significant material because it is deeply embedded in narrative or poetic passages where the main emphases lie elsewhere.

Millar’s initial focus is on how “calling on the name of the Lord” to deliver on his covenantal promises is the foundation for all that the Old Testament says about prayer. Moving to the New Testament, he shows how this is redefined by Jesus himself, and how, after his death and resurrection, the apostles understood “praying in the name of Jesus” to be the equivalent new covenant expression. Throughout the Bible, prayer is to be primarily understood as asking God to deliver on what he has already promised—as Calvin expressed it, “through the gospel our hearts are trained to call on God’s name” (Institutes 3.20.1).

Table of Contents

Introduction: prayer and the gospel
1. The day prayer began: prayer in the Pentateuch
2. Big prayers and the movements of history: prayer in the Former Prophets
3. Praying in the light of the future: prayer and the Latter Prophets
4. Praying for a new covenant: prayer in the Writings
5. The Psalms, the Messiah and the church
6. Jesus and prayer: prayer in the Gospels 
7. The church at prayer: prayer in the book of Acts
8. Church planting and prayer: prayer in Paul’s letters
9. The end of prayer: prayer in the later New Testament
Afterword: why this matters— (re)learning to pray big prayers
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