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On Prayer [PDF / Epub] ☉ On Prayer ❤ Origen – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Origen was considered one of the most important church fathers and his works were used widely in the Church His work On Prayer was written around AD In it Origen talks about the object of prayer, the Origen was considered one of the most important church fathers and his works were used widely in the Church His work On Prayer was written aroundAD In it Origen talks about the object of prayer, the necessity of prayer, and the advantage of prayer He ends the book with an exegesis of the Lord s Prayer.

  • Paperback
  • 142 pages
  • On Prayer
  • Origen
  • English
  • 11 May 2019
  • 1434845036

About the Author: Origen

Origen of Alexandria c c , also known as Origen Adamantius, was an early Christian scholar, ascetic, and theologian who was born and spent the first half of his career in Alexandria He was a prolific writer who wrote roughly , treatises in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism, biblical exegesis and biblical hermeneutics, homiletics, and spirituality He was one of the most influential figures in early Christian theology, apologetics, and asceticism He has been described as the greatest genius the early church ever produced.



10 thoughts on “On Prayer

  1. Nathan Albright Nathan Albright says:

    At the end of this short book of about 100 pages Origen says something that is striking and worth considering for any writer as prolific as he is But if you press on to the things in front and forget those behind and pray for me in my undertaking, I do not despair of being enabled to receive from God the Giver a fuller anddivine capacity for all these matters, and with it to discuss the same subject again in a nobler, loftier, and clearer way Meanwhile, however, you will peruse this w At the end of this short book of about 100 pages Origen says something that is striking and worth considering for any writer as prolific as he is But if you press on to the things in front and forget those behind and pray for me in my undertaking, I do not despair of being enabled to receive from God the Giver a fuller anddivine capacity for all these matters, and with it to discuss the same subject again in a nobler, loftier, and clearer way Meanwhile, however, you will peruse this with indulgence 112 There are no shortages of books about prayer 1 , but this book benefits both from being among the first of these books and also for setting a template for the concerns that books on prayer would often deal with, including some of the details of how it should be done as well as looking at the deeper meaning of the Lord s Prayer, all of which makes this book pretty distinctive That is not to say that this book couldn t have been better a table of contents would have improved matters, but even as it is it is a worthwhile book.This book is a pretty short one, at 112 pages and twenty chapters, but one should at least note that the author gets to the point, beginning with an introduction 1 , looking at the scriptural uses of the biblical words for prayer 2 , giving objections to prayer 3 and answers to them 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 , which are worth reading because such objections are still used today and their answers are still worth keeping in mind After this the author discusses the content of prayer in its moods 9 , the recipient of prayers 10 , and the objects of prayer 11 At this point the author turns his attention to the Lord s prayer, starting with its preface 12 and then looking at different aspects of the prayer reflecting on our Father in heaven 13 , His hallowed name 14 , the coming Kingdom 15 , God s will being done 16 , asking for our needful daily bread 17 , forgiving our debts as we forgive our debtors 18 , and leading us out of evil 19 After this point the author closes the short book 20 I do not know if the author ever managed to write another book of prayer, but this book is certainly a worthwhile one and the model for many books since them which also look at the Lord s prayer as a template for the prayers of believers.There are a few elements that raise this above the normal level of books about prayer For one, the book itself presents itself as what it probably was, a letter involved in a conversation Some writers nowadays forget that they are involved in a conversation with other books and with other writers, but once upon a time writers were very cognizant of the fact and let their readers know that their writings were the best that they could do in the time that they had, and that they hoped to do better if they had the chance If only contemporary works could be as modest and as candid Additionally, the author does a good job at bringing some complicated grammatical matters into his discussion of prayer, reminding us that there are different words used for prayers and that praying is a complicated matter To be sure, the author could have includedbiblical prayers and less works from the apocrypha, which he was all too fond of quoting, but these are minor quibbles All things considered, this is an excellent book about prayer that gives the reader plenty of food for thought and plenty of encouragement as to why prayer remains important for believers even now Few books remain relevant as long as this one has about topics of importance that are universally considered important 1 See, for example

  2. Ruth Ruth says:

    This was a very interesting book on prayer Very different from all the other books I ve read on prayer It certainly helped that I discussed parts of this book in the group cultural background and style of arguing is so different from what we are currently used to, that it is easy to misunderstand what he says while thinking that you do understand but disagree.All through the book you see that Origen points out that we need to have a spiritual persp This was a very interesting book on prayer Very different from all the other books I ve read on prayer It certainly helped that I discussed parts of this book in the group cultural background and style of arguing is so different from what we are currently used to, that it is easy to misunderstand what he says while thinking that you do understand but disagree.All through the book you see that Origen points out that we need to have a spiritual perspective Not that the earthly things don t count, but they are an expression of spiritual realities When considering what is so different from this book andmodern books, the first thing that comes to my mind is that I don t remember him mentioning the problem of unanswered prayers, which is something you would find in every modem book I think in those times people really didn t bother so much about unanswered prayers, because for them it was obviously muchimportant to stay faithful to God even in hardships, which were muchthan now considered part of reality.I liked the part on the Lord s prayer best Especially the chapter on give us today our daily bread This chapter is exemplary of his spiritual attitude He says What isnourishing to the soul than Word, or whatprecious to the mind of him that is capable of receiving it than the Wisdom of God And I just loved this, because I think it is really true, and my soul and mind really long for this spiritual food

  3. A.J. Mendoza A.J. Mendoza says:

    There was an interesting combination of theology majoritively through the use of commentary on the Lord s Prayer and practical advice The clear instructions of praying three times a day, facing towards the east and having a position of outstretched hands and eyes facing upward, all of which is giving as a suggestion and not a command, give the twenty first century Christian a fresh yet ancient way to approach his her prayer life Origen challenges the modern lackadaisical disposition towards There was an interesting combination of theology majoritively through the use of commentary on the Lord s Prayer and practical advice The clear instructions of praying three times a day, facing towards the east and having a position of outstretched hands and eyes facing upward, all of which is giving as a suggestion and not a command, give the twenty first century Christian a fresh yet ancient way to approach his her prayer life Origen challenges the modern lackadaisical disposition towards prayer and calls for a preparatory time of clearing the mind before prayer and situating oneself to giving God due reverence in the act of praying This dismisses the desire to pray while doing other things, giving prayer some sort of supposed efficiency as if it lacked such benefits No, for Origen, prayer is a special time by itself, which should be treated as such.This treatise of prayer was read in the Origen An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works by the Classics of Western Spirituality I would recommend this to an adult small group at church that is open to the power and symbolism of liturgy and who are wanting to challenge their view on prayer

  4. Valerie Valerie says:

    Sure, Origen had some pretty major theological issues, but this is a great essay on prayer.

  5. Kris Langgaard Kris Langgaard says:

    A bit wordy at times, but a good contemplative book.

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