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2578 The prayer of the People of God flourishes in the shadow of God's dwelling place, first the ark of the covenant and later the Temple. At first the leaders of the people - the shepherds and the prophets - teach them to pray. The infant Samuel must have learned from his mother Hannah how "to stand before the LORD" and from the priest Eli how to listen to his word: "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening." 26 Later, he will also know the cost and consequence of intercession: "Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way." 27

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PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

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SECTION ONE: PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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CHAPTER ONE: THE REVELATION OF PRAYER

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ARTICLE 1: IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

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26 I Sam 3:9-10; cf. 1:9-18.

27 I Sam 12:23.

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