A Biblical Theology of Prayer

According to one of my teachers Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, in his monumental Holy Communion in the Piety of the Reformed Church (Tolle Lege Press, 2013):

From the standpoint of a biblical theology of prayer two things should be said: (1) Recount the story of God’s saving acts, as we find them in Psalms 78, 105, and 136, and (2) dedicate our lives to his service in recognition of his grace.

He’s commenting here on the Thanksgiving Prayer or Prayer of Dedication, as he calls it, in Calvin’s communion liturgy. For those of us who’ve grown up on the liturgical forms inherited from the Reformation, this rings true. Old provides a translation of this Lord’s Supper thanksgiving prayer formulated by Calvin:

Heavenly Father, we return to you our prayers and eternal thanks, that you have prospered us with such manifold blessings. You have lifted us up from our poverty and futility and brought us into the communion of your Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour. For our sake you offered him up to death and even now you have given him to us for our food and nourishment.

Now grant us also this further blessing, that we not ever be allowed to forget these things, but have them engraven upon our hearts. Grant that we grow and diligently increase in the faith; that we abound in all kinds of good works. Grant that we live out our whole lives in the exaltation of your glory and the edification of our neighbour, through the same Jesus Christ your Son, who in the unity of the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns eternally with you, O Father. Amen.





Jerusalem: The Biography

I wrote the following letter to the editor in response to the National Post’s five-part excerpt of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s best-selling book, Jerusalem: The Biography. 

Letter to the Editor re: Jerusalem: The Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore has apparently taken the world by storm with what he claims is “The Biography” on Jerusalem and what National Post calls “an extraordinary new book.” One would hope that an author who has undertaken a project of such vital religious, historical and political significance would not to be so reckless and unseemly with his sources, the Christian Scriptures in Genesis to Revelation in particular.

The writer not only heedlessly casts King David as largely vulgar, salacious and power-hungry; he also disregards the Bible’s revelation of King Jesus, “the Root and Offspring of David,” who alone holds redemption and hope for the hemorrhaging cities and broken lives of this needy world and its muddled leaders.

I pray that Montefiore and his readers still take the time and care to consult “The Biography” on the New Jerusalem that’s under construction, the jewel of the new world God has promised.

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Memoir and Remains?

I find this a rather morbid title for a book:

Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne

Too bad the poor man had no say about it. I suspect he would have objected.

Published in: on October 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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