What is Christian Praying? | Session 2 | February 2024 the Upper House Lectures

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09-02-2024 • 25 mins

We dive deep into discussions about faith, Christianity, and the historical context of the Bible. In this episode, we explore the fascinating topic of apostolic prayer in the Book of Acts with our guest, Amos Yong. Amos shares insightful observations about the patterns and themes of prayer in the apostolic narrative, shedding light on the various contexts, postures, practices, and contents of prayers performed by the apostles. We dissect the significance of prayer in advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, reflecting on its role in enabling disciples to bear witness to the teachings of Jesus. Join us as we delve into the nuances of apostolic prayer and uncover its profound implications for our understanding and practice of prayer today. Tune in as we navigate through intriguing discussion points and unravel the complexities of prayer in the apostolic era.

Question: What is Christian Praying? The Hows, Whats, and Whys of This Mysterious Activity

Answer: Amos Yong, Ph.D.

Do you ever wonder what we are doing when we pray, particularly in light of Jesus’ and early Christians praying?

The biblical accounts provide templates for praying on the one hand but also, if we are open to a fresh reconsideration, raise many questions about this fundamental human activity on the other. Come to revisit and dialogue about prayer — Jesus’, the early disciples’, and our own — whether you consider yourself a “prayer warrior” or someone who doesn’t pray.

About our Speaker:

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now Portland Seminary) and Portland State University, both in Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. Licensed as a minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, he has also authored or edited dozens of scholarly volumes. He and his wife, Alma, have three children and six grandchildren. Amos and Alma reside in Southern California.