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Musings and Questions on Prayer and Covenant Eschatology
by Albert Persohn
The subject of prayer has not been frequently addressed in Preterist circles. I only recall a couple of articles on the subject since the inception of this website. Why not bring this most important of topics to the fore? Dispensationalists view prayer as convincing God and binding the devil. Most Religious Futurists have a similar approach. How do Preterists pray?The subject of prayer has not been frequently addressed in Preterist circles. I only recall a couple of articles on the subject since the inception of this website. Why not bring this most important of topics to the fore? Dispensationalists view prayer as convincing God and binding the devil. Most Religious Futurists have a similar approach. How do Preterists pray?Do we actually believe that God answers prayer? If He does is there a right way to pray? Is there a wrong way to pray? Do we still pray when we are in trouble or do we only pray when we are in trouble? Is our prayer still directed Heavenward? Do we pray to God as God, Father or Friend? Do we need to use Jesus' Name in our prayers? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the prayers of Preterists? Do we pray to the Father or the Son or to the Holy Spirit?
Let's use the Lord's Prayer as the template for our analysis:
Our Father who Art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name
Do we still begin our prayers with adoration and worship? Are there Preterists who do not feel the need to offer worship as part of regular prayer? Are there Preterists who use traditional, prayerbook style prayers in church or at home?
Thy Kingdom Come
That is a bit easier, but drives us toward another question. Do Preterists pray for God to advance the knowledge of His Kingdom into the hearts of those still ignorant? Do we feel that the Kingdom does not require our prayer?
Thy Will Be Done
How do we understand the Will of God today? How many think that God is not involved in the world and how many think that He is intimately involved?
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Do Preterists still trust God to supply their material need? Do those Preterists who assume God is not involved in humanity still feel the need to pray for daily bread?
Forgive Us Our Sins
What is our attitude to individual sin? Do we still use 1 John 1:9 and confess our sins as we commit them? Do we understand that sin today still affects our relationship with God? Do we loath sin or have we come to accept it? What impact does fulfilled eschatology have on our relationship with sin?
As We Forgive Those Who Sin Against Us
What is our attitude to those who sin against us? Do we still pray for those who hurt us?
Deliver Us From Evil
Do we still pray to be delivered from evil? If so what form does evil take? Some among us view Satan as dead and others as see him as utterly powerless. Some see him as alive and well. Is there evil that we need to be protected from? Is there evil that is deeper and more far reaching than human wickedness?
For Thine Is The Kingdom, The Power And The Glory Forever
Do we make this type of confession in our prayers? Do we view this as a statement of final submission to God or do we see this statement as redundant given the time we now live in?
What do you think?