Monday, May 20, 2013

Prayer is Essentially Corporate

In Opening To God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer, David Benner argues that,
Prayer should never be simply a private me-and-God matter. Such a view of Christian spirituality is far too egocentric. Recall the patter...in the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father. Our prayer may feel like our own, but we offer it as part of a community who address God collectively as "Our Father." (127)
This could be revolutionary to your prayer-life; it has been for mine in recent days.  Benner's argument is echoed in John Stackhouse's sermon on the Lord's Prayer which he preached at Regent College this past January.  I recommend Benner's book and Stackhouse's sermon (available for free download) as excellent resources on the praying-life.
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