Liturgical Prayer: Words That Enrich the Heart of the Church

Thursday, 01 Nov 2018

A phenomenon that continues throughout evangelicalism is the juxtaposing of unaided, private, individual prayer with liturgical prayer, as if the two related like oil and water. The former is seen as lively, earnest, and Holy Spirit-prompted, whereas the latter is frequently depicted as dead, perfunctory, and contrived. Wherever this contrasts exists, “free, from the heart” (ex corde) prayers are said to exemplify biblical prayer, whereas “rote” prayers, as they might be unfavorably denominated, are the product of hearts held captive to “tradition,” hearts usually devoid of a rich, personal relationship with God. To ...

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