The text in this project is purposely simple and leads graphically, intellectually and conceptually from the idea of personal, private prayer to the complexity of organized prayer within the church. It is an attempt to simply answer a rather complex question: How important is personal, private prayer in bringing the Divine Life out of heaven’s eternal realm into the earthly, practical realm of the Christian and his church?
It might have been easier to ask the question this way: Can we really get what Jesus told us to pray for when he said, “this, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father… your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” 1
The answer is obvious. Yes, God wants to bring heaven down for those who will seek him. The beginning chapters show the importance of personal and private prayer as it establishes our relationship with God. Progressively the chapters move forward as prayer naturally develops in the life of a maturing Christian. Finally, the book shows how the church and prayer relate to each other.
May God draw every reader closer to himself through prayer.
January 1, 1996
1 Matthew 6:5-10