Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer

Knocking on Heaven's Door: A New Testament Theology of Petitionary Prayer

by David Crump Ph.D.


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780801026898
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

David Crump (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is professor of religion and theology at Calvin College. He is the author of Jesus the Intercessor: Prayer and Christology in Luke-Acts and Feeling Like God: A Spiritual Journey to Emotional Wholeness.

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