Defining Prayer.

Here is the first post on a new blog I have started in which I shall work through All Prayer in the Bible. I thought the best place to start was to define prayer.

All Prayer in the Bible

How am I going to define prayer for the purpose of this study.

This is the beginning of the definition given in Easton’s Bible Dictionary,

‘Prayer, is converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal.’

This is a very good description of prayer, but not quite the one I shall use. For the purpose of this study I shall define prayer as follows.

‘Prayer is our part in any conversation with God that does not wholly consist of an act praise or worship. It acknowledges that God is the greater partner in the relationship and we are the lesser partner.’

This is a very broad definition of prayer which is intentional. I know from my own personal experience that I do not just pray when…

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