The Christian life cannot be fully understood or experienced without first grasping the importance of prayer. Yet prayer, as it is found in the Christian scriptures, has received limited attention as a topic of study. Into God’s Presence explores the nature and use of prayer throughout the entire New Testament. Written by twelve leading biblical scholars with diverse confessional perspectives, this insightful volume first discusses Christian prayer in relation to prayer in the Old Testament, the Greco-Roman world, first-century Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The rest of the book takes an instructive look at prayer as it appears from Matthew to Revelation, with special attention given to Jesus as an exemplar and teacher of prayer.
“For the Lord’s Prayer is not so much a command as an invitation: an invitation to share in the prayer-life of Jesus himself.” (Page 132)
“What I want to do is to say something about how prayer points to a theological truth about God” (Page 5)
“Prayer, however, is fundamentally about learning that God can be known” (Page 15)
“All this suggests that the really important factor in prayer is the character of God as the One who wants to do good for his people and to accomplish his own purpose, which will also be for their good. Petitionary prayer depends on the character of the one petitioned rather than on the effort of the petitioner to have the right attitude of faith. Prayer is the expression of a relationship with a God whom we are learning to trust because he is faithful and good.” (Pages 122–123)
This is a thoroughly researched yet wonderfully accessible account of a regrettably ignored subject. Nicely detailed, yet profound and spiritually enriching, Into God’s Presence is sure to become a significant resource for scholars and pastors alike.
A splendid collection of essays by a distinguished group of scholars. It is without doubt the best survey of its subject now available.
—Dale C. Allison Jr.
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