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Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer
How are we to understand petitionary prayer? This is a key question for any thoughtful believer who desires to take both the Bible and experience seriously. Some believe God answers any prayer as long as the one praying has enough faith and/or persistence. Others conclude from experience that prayer is really for our benefit and has no impact on God's actions. According to ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Baker Academic & Brazos Press
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An examination of the entire New Testament to craft a comprehensive theology of intercessory prayer. Crump is a careful expositor and also a man of opinion (reasonable and well-supported, though at a few points around liturgy/repetition and the Jesus prayer he did raise my hackles a little) and he is quick to brush aside false and/or popular misconceptions. He examines the practices and parables of Jesus (through the gospel writers, Luke bringing prayer to the forefront), Paul and the other NT w ...more
A scholarly and challenging treatment of prayer in the New Testament. Not light reading, but very rewarding. Crump is a first-rate biblical scholar. This is the first time I've run into David Crump and I have to say that that his work was well worth the read.
I finally finished this book, and it's not because it's boring. This book will make you reconsider your common prayer considerations. Mostly, people end up petitioning our Lord for their list of things. This book does an excellent job of walking through examples from Jesus to Paul and the early church showing us the models and subjects of prayer. Reverand Randy Greenwald's blog (https://somberanddull.com) contains detailed excerpts and thoughts about the book. His blog recommended the book and I ...more
This book deals with the subject of petitionary prayer from a theological perspective. The author looks at how prayer is described in various parts of the New Testament, and he explains the theology behind it. The book is very interesting, but it is also very dense. I learned a lot from reading it, but it was not exactly an easy read.
“To have faith is to refuse to doubt. The phrase “not doubt” is not intended to describe an especially strong faith, a faith strong enough to see miracles, as opposed to a weak faith that is haunted by doubt and cannot see miracles. Rather, eschewing doubt is the very definition of faith; a faith willing to ask for miracles, however tentatively, is the faith that will one day see miracles.”More quotes…