Prayer

Prayer

What is Prayer? (Part 2)

In a previous post, I mentioned that one of my favorite books on prayer is Eric Alexander’s, Prayer: A Biblical Perspective. You can find that little volume at The Banner of Truth here. After offering a few thoughts about what prayer is NOT, he goes on to address what prayer actually is. He begins by insisting that prayer is very hard to define. While the Bible has a great deal to say about prayer, and sets it before us as the most…

What is Prayer? (Part 1)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks and answers the question, “What is prayer?” in Q. 98. “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies.” (See Ps. 10:17; 62:8; Matt. 7:7-8; 1 Jn. 5:14; Jn. 16:23-24; Ps. 32:5-6; Dan. 9:4-19; 1 Jn. 1:9; Ps. 103:1-5; Ps. 136; Phil. 4:6-7). Prayer is the active response of the believing heart…