3 Views on Prayer: Which is the Most Biblical?

By: Brian Chilton and Jason Kline

In recent years, we have noticed an increasing amount of skepticism among Christian ranks concerning prayer and how God responds. Much of the skepticism about God’s involvement in prayer comes from false understandings of prayer often popularized by televangelists, the Word of Faith movement, charismatic circles, blending of Hindu and Christian concepts such as yoga, mantra, Zen and an emptying of the self to achieve enlightenment. Yet, to combat such false ideas, it seems to us that we run the risk of going too far in the other direction tossing out ideas of the supernatural in order to preserve and protect Biblical Christianity from contamination. That is to ask, can the Christian still experience God and hear from him? Or, has the imminent workings of God ceased at the closing of the Scriptural canon?

Dr. Gary Yates, Professor of Old Testament, at Liberty University once said, “Biblical theology must shape systematic theology.” We concur. This is especially true as it relates to prayer. Prayer is a vital aspect of the Christian’s life. Prayer has always been known as a believer’s communication with God.[1] With that in mind, it behooves us to evaluate what we consider to be three views on prayer: the pantheist view on prayer; the deist view on prayer; and the theist view on prayer. Lastly, we will present what we believe to best model as it pertains to Scriptural evidence.

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