Biblical Theology of prayer in the New Testament

Volume editor
Francois P Viljoen
Volume editor
Albert J Coetsee


This publication deals with a biblical theology of prayer based on the New Testament. It forms the second of a two-volume publication on a biblical theology of prayer, dealing with the concept of prayer in the Old and New Testament, respectively. This New Testament volume begins with an introduction on prayer and worship in early Jewish tradition, followed by eleven chapters dealing with New Testament corpora. It concludes with a final chapter synthesising the findings of the respective investigations of the Old and New Testament corpora to provide a summative theological perspective of the development of the concept of prayer through scripture.

Prayer forms a major and continuous theme throughout the biblical text. Prayer was an integral part of the religious existence of God’s people in both the Old and New Testament. It underwent its greatest developments during, after and as a result of the Exile and was deepened and transformed in the New Testament. In both the Old and the New Testament, God is the sole ‘addressee’ of his people’s prayer. This conviction continued into the New Testament, but was broadened with Trinitarian elements of worship, adoration and intercession.

A biblical theological investigation is chosen as methodology. Since all the biblical books form part of one canonical text, the assumption is that the various theologies about prayer being displayed in these books can be synthesised into a developing meta-theology about prayer. As the Old and New Testament form part of the canonical text, the results about prayer in the Old Testament can be brought into play with the results about prayer in the New Testament. This eventually leads toward an overarching biblical theology of prayer.


  • Chapter 1
    Service of the heart: Prayer and worship in early Jewish tradition
    Michael C Mulder
  • Chapter 2
    Prayer in the Synoptic Gospels
    Francois P Viljoen
  • Chapter 3
    Prayer and authentic spirituality in the Gospel of John
    Paul N Anderson
  • Chapter 4
    Prayer and worship in the early church according to Acts
    Nina E Müller van Velden
  • Chapter 5
    Thanksgiving in the Pauline Epistles
    Philip La Grange Du Toit
  • Chapter 6
    Worship and adoration in the Pauline Epistles
    Elma Cornelius
  • Chapter 7
    Petition and intercession in the Pauline Epistles
    Rob van Houwelingen, Myriam Klinker-De Klerck
  • Chapter 8
    Praying with boldness and reverence: Prayer in the book of Hebrews
    Albert J Coetsee
  • Chapter 9
    Prayer in James
    M Bruce Button
  • Chapter 10
    Prayer in 1 Peter, 2 Peter and Jude
    Alistair I Wilson
  • Chapter 11
    Prayer in John’s Epistles: Confidence of faith, fellowship and truth
    Gert JC Jordaan
  • Chapter 12
    Divine worship: Prayers from the book of Revelation
    Dirk G van der Merwe
  • Chapter 13
    A Biblical Theology of prayer: A synopsis of prayer in Scripture
    Albert J Coetsee, Francois P Viljoen


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