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The Lord's Prayer is Not a Hymn: Karl Rahner on Daring to Ask God for Things

War Series: Prayer Jacob Lawrence 1947

"[T]here is a prayer of petition which speaks to God and is not a mere exorcism of one's own heart, but boldly and explicitly ventures to ask him for bread, peace, restraint of enemies, health, the spread of his kingdom on earth, and a host of such earthly and highly problematic things. "That such prayer combines a great measure of 'self-will' (for one presents to him one's own desires) with a supreme degree of submissiveness (for one prays to him whom one cannot compel, persuade, or charm, but only beg), that here there is a mingling and an incomprehensible fusion of the greatest boldness with the deepest humility, of life with death, this makes the prayer of petition in one respect not the lowest but the highest, the most divinely human form of prayer. Why else is the Lord's Prayer not a hymn but a sevenfold petition?

"There should be more stubborn and humble, more insistent and urgent supplication among Christians; supplication even for those things which appear to us, shortsighted though we may be be, of importance, even for that realization of God's kingdom, such as we are necessarily led to imagine it. For the prayer of petition, robust and straightforward, is a power in the world and in its history, in heaven and on earth."


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08 oct. 2022

God does not exist, god is only a means of mass domination based on the sun.

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Nicola Jane Lairdon
Nicola Jane Lairdon
15 sept. 2021

It’s all about humility isn’t it? Matthew 6v7 Pagan babble, Mark 12v40 Pharasees long prayers whiles committing fraud, Matthew 23v3 long tassels in clothes, to be seen. Jesus tells us we just need to be honest. That God is not interested in long holy looking prayers. Or wearing smart clothes or even the right clothes to church. This is also how we know HE did not tell priests to wear cloaks crucifixes etc. Because it’s all outward. And it means nothing. How can what a man wears show his heart? And it leads others astray too. They seethe forgery and believe it! No. Jesus wore the same plain tunic for years. Mostly covered in dust, which, coincidentally or not, i…

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