Fear of God and Prayer

Fear of God and Prayer



One of the major ideological losses to the theology of the modern Christian and the Church is the complete and utter dismissal of the concept of the fear of God. This is no marginal biblical notion. It is mentioned more often than the love of God, some 150 times in the Bible.1 The exact phrase, “… the fear of the Lord,” occurs twenty-seven times, twice as often as the phrase, “… the love of God” (12 times). The age-old expression ‘God-fearing’ has become archaic and has almost been expunged from popular usage. The change affects our prayer life, our personal and corporate morality along with the quality of our witness, the level of our faithfulness, our language and demeanor, and thus our relationships with one another, not to mention the resultant shallow relationship with God.

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