Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Luke on prayer

Prayer is a determining factor in the unfolding of the Heilsgeschichte [salvation history]. God’s divine plan of salvation is driven forward by the prayers of Jesus and his followers. Plymale concludes that, “Prayer is God’s way of guiding and implementing the accomplishment of His will.” [Plymale, The Prayer Texts of Luke-Acts, page 105] Luke goes to great lengths to model prayer, to teach on prayer, and to document prayer being answered—because he believes that God shapes the world by means of prayer. This is Luke’s theology.—David A. Clark, The Lord’s Prayer: Origin and Early Interpretations (PhD diss, University of Nottingham, 2014), page 178

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