Barnes Manual of Prayer is a short work with example prayers on different topics which we should be using in our prayers.
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The Manual of Intercessory Prayer
THE REV. R. M. BENSON, M.A,
SUPERIOR, SOC. S. JOHN iT, COWIBI 3, JOHN’S, OXOH.
LONDON: J. T. HATES, LYALL PLACE, EATON SQUAKE; & 4, HENRIETTA STREET, COYENT GAEDES, LONDON
SWIFT AND CO, PRINTERS, NEWTON STREET, HIGH HOLBORN, W.C.
This work is divided into various parts. The first part is a study on prayer, and the later parts are sample prayers. I believe Benson is either a Catholic or Anglican priest. At first glance (me being Protestant), I would say that I dislike the idea of “canned prayers” altogether. After reading through some of these prayers though, I began to realize that Benson focuses this work on assembling preciously worded prayers for every occasion. I think the meaningless repetition of prayer is useless and a sin, but I must admit that some of these prayers are nicely worded for public services or for certain occasions when “you just don’t know how to pray for somebody.” See 117 A Prayer for Lunatics for example. Excellent little prayer. Continue reading