From Prayer Activities to Receptive Prayer: Godly Love and the Knowledge that Surpasses Understanding

Volume
Volume 39
Issue
Summer 2011
Title
From Prayer Activities to Receptive Prayer: Godly Love and the Knowledge that Surpasses Understanding
Abstract

Research on prayer, even when using measures beyond simple prayer frequency to create typologies, has ignored the dynamic relationship between God as a “divine other” in interaction with the pray-er. Using statistics from surveys on prayer as a backdrop, qualitative accounts that demonstrate the relational nature of prayer are explored through the lenses of the Godly love model. Based on data collected as part of the Flame of Love project, prayer is conceptualized as integrating active and receptive streams, with tributaries of prophetic and mystical prayer experiences. Taken together these dimensions of prayer play an important role in describing what the Apostle Paul calls “knowing the love that surpasses understanding” and are confirmed by multivariate analysis of new survey data. Although active prayer has received much scholarly attention, our findings suggest that a closer look at the receptive forms would provide a more complete picture of what people actually do when they pray.

Authors
Dr. M.M. Poloma and Dr. M.T. Lee
Pages
143 - 154
Price
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