The possibilities of prayer reach to all things. Whatever concerns our highest welfare, and whatever has to do with God’s plans and purposes concerning His church on earth, is a subject for prayer. In “whatsoever ye shall ask,” is embraced all that concerns us. And whatever is left out of “whatsoever” is left out of prayer. Where will we draw the lines which leave out or which will limit the word “whatsoever”? Define it, and search out and publish the things which the word does not include. If “whatsoever” does not include all things, then add to it the word “anything.” “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
Prayer is infinite ignorance trusting to the wisdom of God. Prayer is the voice of need crying out to Him who is inexhaustible in resources. Prayer is helplessness reposing with childlike confidence on the word of its Father in heaven. Prayer is but the verbal expression of the heart of perfect confidence in the infinite wisdom, the power and the riches of Almighty God, who has placed at our command in prayer everything we need. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
Neo-orthodox theology was, in many ways, universalist but was much more Christ-centered than the liberalism that reigned among scholars during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Karl Barth (1886-1968) was Swiss theologian. Barth was the founder of the neo-orthodox school of theology.