Brian Zahnd: Prayer

Brian Zahnd returns to the show to discuss learning to pray well, his love for NT Wright, what makes someone orthodox, why he doesn’t record his teachings on prayer, the way to evaluate prayer, and learning your liturgy.

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9 thoughts on “Brian Zahnd: Prayer”

  1. Great post! BTW, to the question, “Why would Paul not just use “kingdom” or “kingdom of God” instead of “salvation”? The word “salvation” is Roman empire language for the establishment of regnal authority, but among Romans it was not really very proper to call the Caesar a “king.” That language was avoided. So “salvation” had a better ring than “kingdom” out in the larger Roman world.

    1. Thanks Yancy. I’ve never heard the connection of salvation to regal language in the Roman world. Really interesting. Do you have a suggestion for where I could read more about that idea?

  2. Luke, it is really pervasive. For example, in the The Priene Calendar
    Inscription in honor of Caesar Augustus (OGIS 458; ca. 9 BCE) inscription:
    It seemed good to the Greeks of Asia, in the opinion of the high priest Apollonius of Menophilus Azanitus: “Since Providence, which has ordered all things and is deeply
    interested in our life, has set in most perfect order by giving us Augustus, whom she filled with virtue that he might benefit humankind, sending him as a savior [soter], both for us and for our descendants, that he might end war and arrange all things, and since he, Caesar, by his appearance (excelled even our anticipations), surpassing all previous benefactors, and not even leaving to posterity any hope of surpassing what he has done, and since the birthday of the god Augustus was the beginning of the good tidings [archein / euangelion] for the world that came by reason of him,” which Asia resolved in Smyrna.

    Augustus’ work as “soter” was to “end war” and “arrange all things” or put them in submission to his authority. You might try Crossan and Reed, In Search of Paul, for some material discussion. But it is common in Lukan studies to contrast Luke’s “salvation” theme with imperial theology.

  3. WOW. The single most shattering statement was “left on your own you can not develop the faith to move mountains” Obtainable,YES. It is like saying I believe help me overcome my disbelief. Or it is like saying I will step out on the water if you call and Jesus did call. Going to God through Christ and placing yourself in a position to listen (to the prayers God has given, Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Lords Prayer, John 17, to name a few) opens myself up to recieve.

    “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.” Ecclesiastes 5:1

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