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#10: Why Pray?

Prayer is an important part of how we engage in relationship with God. It remains, however, a mysterious practice to many Christians. In this episode, Stan and JP discuss key beliefs about the role of prayer in the life of the believer. They investigate the purpose of prayer and why so many Christians feel frustration around the discipline of prayer.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • What prayer is
  • The relationship of prayer to God’s foreknowledge
  • How we should understand unanswered prayer and disappointment with God
  • Why God doesn’t interfere with our free will
  • Prayer pitfalls: hat untrue ideas we might have about prayer
  • How prayer helps us co-labor with God toward his purposes
  • Why we should ask many people to pray for a specific request
  • The value of written prayers in our formation
  • The possible relationship between our personality type and prayer life
  • The role of persistence in our prayer life.

Resources mentioned during our conversation:


  1. Mary Kennedy
    Mary Kennedy January 18, 2022

    What a timely resource this was for me as I begin to facilitate a look at “what happens after prayer”. Thank you Stan. I’ve already printed out Dallas Willard prayer on the Our Father as well as St. Thomas’s prayer

    • swallaceZg94
      swallaceZg94 January 18, 2022

      Thanks, Mary. So glad it is helpful!

  2. In The Quiet Places - Global Scholars
    In The Quiet Places - Global Scholars March 9, 2022

    […] (J. P. Moreland and I discuss this point further on our recent Thinking Christianly podcast “Why Pray?”) Paul and Pauline’s observation that God might want us to be a part of the solution to the […]

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