by Rob Lundberg
Due to logistics at the coming SES national conference and Ratio Christi Symposium, my wife Kathy and our daughter Christine would not be able to make this year's conference.
Last year they were unable to make any of the conferences due to travel time conflicting with commitments to their involvement with the homeschool co op.
So I shared with them that the year 2014 would be different. I promised them that this year, they were going to a conference "by hook or by crook." And this year it happened, as they were able to attend the Truth for a New Generation apologetics conference, in Spartanburg, SC.
While they were down in Spartanburg, SC and I up here in the "Burg," I kept track of their conference times, and continued perusing the sessions and speakers. In my perusing, I noticed one seminar, "Prayer and Apologetics" which was given a couple of times and it really caught my attention.
This is an important issue for those of us partaking in the task of apologetics. I may also be an enigma for those trying to understand the discipline of apologetics. I can imagine questions coming up like, "Do apologists pray?" "Apologetics is so heady, do you ever pray or have time for prayer?" "What is the purpose of prayer in apologetics?" In this post, I hope to answer these and other unasked questions relevant to this issue of prayer and apologetics.
What is prayer? Prayer is a spiritual discipline that helps us, as followers of Jesus Christ, to practice the presence of God. It is privilege for us to partake in the I/You (God) relationship that we have with our Lord. Prayer brings us to the place where we abandon our pride before a holy and loving God. Prayer is the place where we worship and have our hope lifted. It is a time to intercede for others, and make supplications. When we come to the Lord in prayer it is about aligning our will with God's will, adopting humility, and claiming our dependence upon God.
Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope, and it is the time where our Lord gives us the privilege communicating to the heart of the Father, through our relationship with the Son of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit that He has given us.
So What About Apologetics and Prayer? Glad you asked. Since I have shared with us what prayer is, let me simply state that apologetics is a spiritual discipline as well. As a handmaiden to evangelism, apologetics gives us a confidence, not a "cockiness," toward the truth claims of the Christian faith. Unfortunately the latter is what is often conveyed by fellow believers who do not understand the purpose of apologetics.
So let me share with you three things about prayer and apologetics that might help on how to bring these wonderful disciplines together…
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