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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422

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WAAIJMAN, Kees. Uninterrupted prayer - A spiritual challenge. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2019, vol.75, n.4, pp.1-4. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5578.

This contribution probes the question how the biblical instruction to pray continuously was understood in the history of Christian spirituality. It investigates two main traditions of interpretation. The first tradition interprets the instruction from a material-temporal perspective. Prayer should be, in the literal sense of the word, everlasting, never ending and perpetual. The second tradition focuses more on the relationship with God, its permanent character, and its lasting and enduring quality. It has to do with the question how a sustainable growth can be improved. It is a spiritual challenge, requiring an in-depth understanding and conversation, to consider and reflect on the difficult and complex interaction between these two approaches.

Palabras clave : prayer; 1 Thessalonians 5; 17-18; spirituality; spiritual practices; uninterrupted prayer.

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