Author(s): Walter C Kaiser Jr.
Christians yearn to pray more effectively. What better way to learn than to study and emulate the great prayers of the Old Testament. I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills, written by a recognized Old Testament scholar and author of numerous books, explores eleven such prayers—Abraham interceding for Sodom, David praising God for his kingly dynasty, Solomon asking for a listening heart, Hezekiah pleading for help against an arrogant army, and Daniel confessing sins on behalf of the entire nation of Israel. “As these eleven examples show,” writes Kaiser, “prayer held a most prominent place in the lives of the Old Testament people. If prayer is that powerful, then the practice and habit of prayer ought to set a whole new direction for each of us and for the larger body of believers. We often correctly say that nothing will be accomplished without prayer. And it is also true that if we do not pray we will accomplish precisely nothing—at least, nothing of any true and lasting value. Therefore, we ought to pray!”
WALTER C. KAISER JR. (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is president emeritus and Colman Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author numerous articles and books, including The Majesty of God in the Old Testament, Recovering the Unity of the Bible, Biblical Portraits of Creation, and Toward an Exegetical Theology.
1. The Prayer of Abraham for a Wicked City 2. The Prayer of Moses for Pardon for Israel 3. The Prayer of Hannah in Thanksgiving for Her Son 4. The Prayer of David in Thanks to God for His Dynasty 5. The Prayer of Solomon for a Listening Heart 6. The Prayer of Solomon at the Dedication of the Temple 7. The Prayer of Jonah in Thanksgiving for His Rescue from Drowning 8. The Prayer of Hezekiah for Dealing with an Arrogant Enemy 9. The Prayer of Nehemiah in a Time of Distress 10. The Prayer of Ezra for Confession of Corporate Sin 11. The Prayer of Daniel in Confession of National Sin