Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part four) 1

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part four)
VI. The Last Three Petitions: Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” We pray first for God’s cause, but we can’t forget our own. But our cause comes after God’s, cause when we pray for God’s ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part three)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part three)
IV. The Invocation: “Our Father who art in heaven” Praying to God as Our Father can evoke images of our earthly fathers, which in my case is an extremely positive image. I love my dad and look up to him. He’s patient, wise, and dependable. But he’s no God. For others, thinking of their dad is ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part two)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part two)
III. The Lord’s Prayer and the Shape of Christian Prayer The particular form that Christian prayer takes is manifold – including intercession, supplication, thanksgiving, praise, lament, etc. – but the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) provides a template and shape for the whole of our prayer life. The Lord’s Prayer is our pattern for prayer because ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part one)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part one)
I. Introductory Words “We’ve got to pray/ Just to make it today.” So rapped MC Hammer (see the embedded video). Though the video and song are dated, the basic sentiment behind the song still rings true. Prayer isn’t optional, it is a necessity of life. Though coming from a world that couldn’t be more different ...