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“God’s Book of Prayers: Each and Every Prayer in the Bible” by M.A.R.

God's Book of Prayers: Each and Every Prayer in the BibleIn “God’s Book of Prayers: Each and Every Prayer in the Bible” (ISBN 9781449753108) by M.A.R. (real name unknown, perhaps initials), there are “Words Spoken to Jesus, Considered Prayer”

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John
  5. Acts

and “Words Spoken to Jesus, Not Usually Considered Prayer” (lots and lots of work by the author).

  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John
    • 1:38b, 48a;
    • 2:3b, 18, 20;
    • 3:2b;
    • 4:9, 11a, 17a, 19, 25, 31b;
    • 5:7;
    • 6:7, 9, 30-31;
    • 7:3-4, 20;
    • 8:4-7a, 11a, 13, 19a, 25a, 39a, 41b, 48, 52-53, 57;
    • 9:2, 40b;
    • 10:33;
    • 11:8, 12, 24, 32b, 34b, 39b;
    • 13:6b, 8a;
    • 16:29-30;
    • 18:5a, 7b, 19, 22b, 33b, 35, 37a;
    • 19:3a, 9b, 10;
    • 20:15b;
    • 21:5b

Aside from some filler wording, the book does what the title implies. It guides us to pray like Christ did — considering translation or other human errors as well as the author’s opinion.

One thing I’d have wanted to see is how each set of verses fit into individual prayers. For example, his choice of Matthew 8 verses 2b, 8-9, 25b and 31 (KJV) would look like the text below.

2b And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 25b And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.

It just feels like an awkward mix and match unless the author meant it as one long prayer — as the case of the verses in Matthew that the author pointed out.

8:2b And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 25b And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 9:18b While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 27b And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us. 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 36b Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 51b Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 30b But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 15:15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 22b And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23b But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 23b Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 18a He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 25b When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 30b And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 31b And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. 33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 23:39b For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 26:22b And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 25b Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

At least, Matthew 8:25b (KJV) sounds like a prayer within itself replacing she for I or we.

Then came [I] and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
Then came [we] and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

In all, the “Words Spoken to Jesus, Considered Prayer” list fails to include the most important prayer — The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

“9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
— Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

For those of us who don’t quite understand the lettering system in verses, I learned that a verse ending in a emphasizes the first part of such verse. As such, b would do the same for the second while c would do so for the third (most likely, the end). For example, in Matthew 8:2b, the second part of the verse is emphasized.

2b And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean

In any case, I’d highly recommend this book!

* By the way, this review took me a long time to write with the lot of hyperlinks.

3 responses to ““God’s Book of Prayers: Each and Every Prayer in the Bible” by M.A.R.

  1. Overwhelmed By Joy 10/16/2012 at 17:57:30

    Great list!

    • Frank "The Christian Noob" Olvera 10/16/2012 at 20:22:02

      I know! The author of this book took a lot of time to get this list.

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