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The Plain Man's Book of Prayers [Paperback]

William Barclay
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13 May 1985

This classic book of daily prayer is probably the best-loved of all William Barclay’s works. In it he tackles the questions, ‘Why and how should we pray?’, before leading the reader into a month of daily prayer with bible readings. There are additional prayers for festivals and special occasions and a year’s worth of suggested bible readings.

This new edition is long overdue.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fount (13 May 1985)
  • ISBN-10: 0006269389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006269380
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAYER… WILL BE THE GREATEST THING IN LIFE, FOR IN ITS POWER WE SHALL FIND WE WILL EMERGE TRIUMPHANTLY FROM ANYTHING THAT LIFE CAN DO FOR US.

'The Plain Man’s Book of Prayers' is perhaps the best loved of all William Barclays books. It is a guide to the practice of daily prayer, tackling the important questions of why, and how, we should pray. After an introduction which gives us a true understanding of the nature of prayer, Professor Barclay leads the reader into a pattern of prayer for each day and for many occasion.

Intended by the authors as 'a help to those who wish to pray', this classic book has been a source of inspiration and guidance for thousands over the years.

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About the Author

A former Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University and a leading scholar of his day, William Barclay died in 1978. He wrote dozens of books which have been published by HarperCollins.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical, through the month, handbook of prayer 22 April 2011
By Elizabeth S. Wells VINE VOICE
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I first bought this book in the early 60's and learned to pray from it. Thank you Amazon, that I have it in my hands again.The Gospel of LukeThe Gospel of Matthew: v. 1Barclay's Guide to the New Testament
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Plain Man's Book of Prayers 18 Oct 2012
By foxy237
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The Plain Man's Book of Prayers is a splendid little volume of outstanding wisdom and depth of insight, shared with all who would read it, penned by a caring and thoughtful man of kind and generous spirit. This book is an invaluable daily companion for any person seeking a source of strength and comfort within and without themselves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair 25 Oct 2009
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The copy was said to be very good but felt it was to highly rated - very brown and stained pages -but price was good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk to Jesus as your close friend. That's prayer. 24 Feb 2002
By S.Venkatesan - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction is most comprehensive.
Prayer is most natural activity. There is a technique for it.
First observation is that God is more eager to listen to our prayers than we are eager to pray.
There are laws of effective prayer:
First law is: One should be honest with GOD.
Second law is: One should be definite in prayer.
Third law is : Remeber that GOD knows the best for us>
Fourth law is: God will not do for us that which we can do for ourseleves. Prayer is not a escape; One must act to make the prayer true.
Fifth law is : Prayer moves within the natural laws which govern life.
Prayer is not a means of escape; but a means of conquest.
Stages in prayer technique:
1. Invocation
2. Confession
3. Thanksgiving
4. Petition
5. Intercession
Prayer should be done as talking to a close friend;
Prayer should be a constant thing;
Important :
Prayer is not a monologue;
It is a dialogue;
Listen to God.
Finally, he ends the introduction :
It is my own prayer that those who use it finally come not to need its help any more.
He has given prayers & bible readings for sundays, festival days and special occasions.
He gives daywise simple prayers and bible reading suggestion for a month.
The book end with list of index of bible readings for the year.
Good book as a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide on what to pray for and how to pray for it. 10 Dec 2013
By Rhonda Nunns - Published on Amazon.com
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I find it very useful in the preparation of my Sunday sermons, ladies devotions and children's talks. Some may think it's old fashioned, but I find it very poignant and relevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gift! 29 Jun 2012
By nanato3grands - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a copy of this book for a friend as a gift. However, my husband saw it and began reading it and requested a copy for himself. It is very inspirational and uplifting, in a humble way. Got my husband his own copy for Father's Day, and he was very pleased. He uses it with his daily readings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The introduction is worth the price of the book 2 Jun 2009
By W. David Mangum - Published on Amazon.com
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Barclay's introduction in the chapter titled, "Ourselves and our prayers" is one of the most clear, simple and yet profound summaries of Christian prayer that I have read. Inspirational and challenging.
His gift for clear and colorful use of language and his ability to provide light through imaginative illustration applied to common life make any subject he writes about more vivid in the reader's mind.
I have a tendency to get stuck in habitual wordings and patterns in my prayers. Barclay's prayers put some freshness back in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GEM IN SIMPLE WORDS 24 Dec 2008
By FidelisServus - Published on Amazon.com
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Barclay has a way with words, there is no doubt about it. He is undeniably in touch with the personal power of prayer that can restore, rebuild and/or extend one's relationship with God. This is a gem of a book that ought to be read by every believer and by anyone who is searching for God.
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