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 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.