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    Bunyan wrote this tract while in the Bedford jail in 1662. One of the charges on his rap sheet was that he was “a common upholder of several unlawful meetings and conventicles,” and one of the many reasons he lead such “unlawful” church meetings was his distaste for the Book of Common Prayer. In this treatise he deals harshly with that “form of Common Prayer,” but that isn’t the thrust of his discourse. In this piece, Bunyan seeks to instruct the faithful and warn all who may read it just how easy it is for the form of prayer to replace the substance of true prayer.

The treatise breaks down into five parts as follows:

  1. What Prayer is
  2. What it is to pray with the Spirit
  3. What it is to pray with the Spirit, and with the understanding
  4. Queries and Objections answered
  5. Use and Application

What Prayer Is

    Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God.

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