It’s a collection of 80 prayers. About half of updated Puritan prayers and half are adapted from Puritan sermons. While I hope they offer a good introduction to Puritan spirituality, my priority has been to bring together prayers that people will want to pray, either individually or corporately. So they are organised around the occasions when you might want to pray them. All the sources for the prayers of given so you can go back to the sources.
Here’s an extract that gives a good feel of the contents. And here’s what some kind people have said about it …
BOB KAUFLIN, Director, Sovereign Grace Music
“Having read Arthur Bennett’s The Valley of Vision multiple times, I’ve always hoped someone else would mine the writings of the Puritans for more Scripture-drenched, Christ-exalting, God-glorifying, heartfelt prayers. My wait is over. Tim Chester has produced a volume eminently useful for private devotions, public gatherings and personal reflection. I expect his carefully chosen, thoughtfully organized, and beautifully edited prayers will serve the church for many generations to come.”
CHRISTOPHER ASH, Writer in Residence, Tyndale House
“These superb prayers model and teach a rich, deep devotion to God— Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Soaked in Scripture, they are wonderfully realistic about the life of faith. From a prayer for unbelieving children to a prayer with a dying Christian, with every style from the gripping logic of John Owen to the passionate warmth of Samuel Rutherford, these old believers walk with us in deepening our own lives of prayer. Tim Chester has done us a great service in editing and updating them so beautifully and clearly.”
LEE GATISS, Series Editor, The Complete Works of John Owen
“I greatly appreciate the effort Tim Chester has gone to in this beautiful book, not only to organise and translate the biblically and doctrinally rich words of the Puritans into a language I can pray myself today, but also to note where these exquisite treasures can be found in their original settings. Full of arresting images and comforting truths, this is a precious resource to come back to time and again for spiritual refreshment, pastoral challenge, and pure adoration of our gracious and sovereign God.”
SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“These pages are a great gift from Dr Tim Chester to help us ‘to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever’ and to experience the love of Christ, as Paul says, ‘together with all the saints’. There is something in Into His Presence to help all of us to experience communion with God in every situation of life. Tim Chester has given us a treasure trove.”
ERIC SCHUMACHER, Pastor, author and songwriter
“The apostle Paul wrote that ‘we do not know what to pray for as we should’. All Christians find themselves, from time to time, knowing they need to pray but not knowing how. These prayers, taken from the writings of our brothers and sisters of the past, are a blessed guide to prayer when we lack words of our own.”
JOEL R. BEEKE, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“The Puritans knew their God, not just in their brains, but in the bruises of life’s afflictions, and they sought him with all their hearts. Tim Chester brings us into the Puritans’ prayer closet to learn from their devotion. Some of these selections are Puritan prayers, some are the thoughts and phrases of Puritan teachings freshly woven into prayers, and all are fervent pantings of the soul after the glorious, triune God.”
My book Awakening to a World of Need: The Recovery of Evangelical Social Action (IVP) has long been out of print and is now largely out of date. But if you are interested in the history of how evangelicals rediscovered social action during the last third of the 20th century then it is available to download here for free as either a PDF or a Kindle Book.
You can link to this page with the URL: https://smarturl.it/awakeningtoaworld.
The Glory of the Story is a popular, devotional introduction to biblical theology written by father, Richard Chester. It works through the Old Testament story, all the time showing how it points to Jesus. There are 366 daily readings which are undated so you can start at any time and read at your own pace.
You can link to this page using this ULR: https://smarturl.it/glorystory.
I have a new book out from 10Publishing – Forgiven: Resurrection Meditations from the Book of Hebrews. One of the striking things about the book of Hebrews is that, more than other New Testament books, it highlights the finished work of Christ which its repeated phrase “once for all”. And yet at the same time, more than other New Testament books, it highlights the on-going priestly work of Christ as he intercedes for us. This twin emphasis adds up to a powerful message of reassurance.
Forgiven takes the form of 47 short chapters arranged as Lent readings, but suitable for any time of year.
If you enjoyed by book Fixated then you should enjoy Forgiven as well. Fixated was a book of advent meditations based on the opening chapters of Hebrews which focus on the person of Christ. Forgiven picks off from where Fixated ended with Easter meditations based on the remaining chapters of Hebrews which focus on the work of Christ.
Every September I would ask The Good Book Company if I could write Isaiah for You in their God’s Word for You series. The time wasn’t right, but they never quite said No. So I would ask again the following year. Eventually they said Yes, and here it is.
The book covers the whole of Isaiah in 13 chapters. Each chapter gives an overview of a discrete section, though most chapters then focus on one particular passage that exemplifies the message of the section. There’s also a “reader’s guide” with a paragraph on each chapter of Isaiah to give a bit guidance to those who are reading through Isaiah chapter-by-chapter.
Here’s the publisher’s blurb:
Isaiah can seem intimidating. It’s a big book covering an extended timescale, full of unfamiliar names and places. You may be familiar with Isaiah’s vision of God’s holiness in chapter 6 or his description of the cross in chapter 53. But large sections can feel like alien territory.
But the book of Isaiah is full of good news. Forming a kind of bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament, Isaiah enlarges our view of God, sharpens our understanding of salvation and illuminates our Bible reading. It points forward to Jesus and fuels our vision for the church and our mission. This is good news worth shouting about!
This expository guide by pastor and author Tim Chester takes you verse by verse through the text in a digestible and applied way. Each chapter focuses on a key text and shows how its themes play out in the surrounding passages, helping you to drill down into the details while also seeing the big picture. You’ll find ideas and challenges for application throughout, plus a helpful glossary at the back.
It is less academic than a traditional commentary and includes lots of application. It can be read from cover to cover, used in personal devotions, used to lead small group studies, or used for sermon preparation.
There is an accompanying Good Book Guide available.
It’s available here from The Good Book Company and all good book stores!
Just published by Evangelical Press are a set of short bitesize biographies that I’ve written. They look at the lives of six inspiring and interesting men and women from across the centuries. Each book is designed to be read in just an hour or two. The people covered are:
Here’s an endorsements from Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:
“The stories of the lives of God’s people are central to his work in history. As the many mini-biographies and numerous names in Scripture testify, God is interested in the men and women and children his hands have created, their lives and their aspirations, and he longs for them each to know him and live for his glory. Little wonder, then, that God has used the writing and reading of such biographies for the edification of his people and the furtherance of his kingdom and the promotion of his glory. Here we have six such mini-biographies: their lives run over the course of a thousand years in differing worlds and with differing personalities, but all six of them saints and each of them a monument to divine grace. Read, and be blessed!”
They would make a great Christmas present!
Michael J Tinker has a new song out called “Jesus is the resurrection” for which I wrote the lyrics …
Now Martha knew the Lord could heal –
he was the only one.
But he came late to save his mate
and now her hope was gone.
Her brother Lazarus had died
and where was Christ her Lord?
She had no clue what he could do
through his almighty word.
Jesus is the resurrection,
Jesus is the, Jesus is the life.
When Mary came to meet the Lord,
her cheeks were wet with tears.
Her clothes were torn, her face forlorn,
her mind was filled with fears.
When Jesus saw her without hope
his heart was deeply stirred:
she had no clue what he could do
through his almighty word.
When Jesus stood before the grave
he gave a mighty shout.
And from the gloom within the tomb
the dead man wandered out!
And everyone was blown away
by what just had occurred:
for now they knew what he could do
through his almighty word.
You can buy it from Michael’s website: michaeljtinker.com/shop
or any of the following …
And here’s a song-along lyrics video …