Jack Johnson – Prayer
In this episode, Jack and Kenny go on an exploration of prayer and how our understanding of the nature, attributes, and character of God gives ground to our efforts in prayer. Happy listening!
Jack Johnson teaches Systematic Theology at WTC. He holds a BA(Hons) in Christian Theology and Politics from Liverpool Hope University, an MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology from the University of St. Andrews and is a PhD candidate in Divinity also at St. Andrews. Prior to working full-time with WTC he was the administration manager of Storehouse St. Andrews and has also held roles as President of Liverpool Hope Students Union, and teaching responsibilities at the University of St. Andrews. His research interests include: divine being; especially, divine attribute(s) and passability, time and eternity, Trinity, Christology and prayer.
Episode 18 Outline:
- Start-01:31 – Introduction.
- 01:31-04:25 – Welcome to Jack and 3 questions.
- 04:25-14:28 – You quote Evagrius Ponticus, who says: “If you’re a theologian, you truly pray; if you truly pray, you’re a theologian.” What then is the connection between our understanding of God (our theology) and our prayer life? Why has the work you’ve done on prayer been important to you? What are the different types of prayer and their implications?
- 14:28-29:20 – When we expect God to act on our prayers, specifically through petition or lament, what are the underlying theologies within our expectations? What are we getting into when we’re asking God to respond to our prayers? What are some of the implications?
- 29:20-32:35 – What does it mean for God to be omniscient and for us to have a will, in a practical sense, for us to pray?
- 32:35-End – Closing prayer and further information.
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