Knocking on Heaven's Door
How are we to understand petitionary prayer? This is a key question for any thoughtful believer who desires to take both the Bible and experience seriously. Some believe God answers any prayer as long as the one praying has enough...
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How are we to understand petitionary prayer? This is a key question for any thoughtful believer who desires to take both the Bible and experience seriously. Some believe God answers any prayer as long as the one praying has enough faith and/or persistence. Others conclude from experience that prayer is really for our benefit and has no impact on God's actions. According to David Crump, both views are extreme and potentially harmful. While books that deal with prayer from a devotional or experiential perspective have their value, Knocking on Heaven's Door takes a different approach. Crump carefully studies every New Testament passage that has to do with petitionary prayer and draws conclusions that are both theological and pastoral to help us understand the great mystery of prayer.
Offers a cohesive New Testament theology of petitionary prayer.
"Too often books on prayer offer practical advice but are almost entirely devoid of sound exegesis, or they demonstrate sound scholarship but make no attempt to connect to everyday life. David Crump does a splendid job of bridging the gap between exegesis and application in this stimulating book on petitionary prayer. One does not need to agree with all of Crump's conclusions to benefit from his careful study of the biblical text, his attention to biblical theology, and his theological synthesis that speaks to our contemporary situation."--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary"By limiting his focus to petitionary prayer, David Crump is able to deal thoroughly with the kind of prayer that raises the most problems for believers and unbelievers alike. In this work, he has made accessible a wealth of recent New Testament scholarship while engaging in a theological critique of the most revered 'prayer warriors' of the last two centuries--a bold move that is both refreshing and long overdue."--Sharyn Dowd, professor of New Testament, Baylor University"This is not just another book about prayer. David Crump has achieved a very satisfying blend of exegetical analysis and theological reflection in a volume that provides insightful and, at times, challenging perspective on the tough questions. His presentation of the biblical teaching on prayer is very helpful and needs to be heard."--Clinton E. Arnold, professor and chairman, department of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology"The church and praying people need this balanced book. David Crump faces the intensely practical problem of unanswered prayer. In this theologically informed and intellectually rigorous, as well as pastorally sensitive, treatment, Crump shows that the New Testament has laid down the boundaries for our praying: God is personal, willing to be changed, and we are changed by prayer. Also, while our praying arises in this life, its priorities and values are dictated by the next. In this deeply challenging and well-written book that has satisfying answers, all readers will find help in praying to a good God who can both be seen in our suffering and answer in the miraculous."--Graham H. Twelftree, distinguished professor of New Testament, Regent University"With an openness to mystery, an eye for the important, and a passion for detail, David Crump has written a reliable guide to the prayer world of Jesus and the earliest Christians. What does it mean to pray in faith or to address God as Father? Why would Jesus liken God to a sleepy householder or an indifferent bureaucrat? From puzzling parables to the Lord's Prayer, from Jesus's cry in Gethsemane to Paul's thorn in the flesh, Crump wends thoughtfully through every New Testament passage on prayer, telling stories and offering sage counsel as he goes. If for you praying is like breathing, don't bother with this book. For the rest of us, Knocking on Heaven's Door may well be an answer to prayer."--Bruce N. Fisk, associate professor of New Testament, Westmont College
David Crump is professor of religion at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the author of Jesus the Intercessor: Prayer and Christology in Luke-Acts and Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer.