Abstract

This article explores the ways in which the act of asking God questions in certain biblical passages directly contributes to the success of prophetic intercessory prayers. Using speech act theory, this article will investigate the function of these questions within the world of the text (the story level) and the world of the audience (the storyteller level). On the story level, the questions contribute to the (potential) overall success of the prayer by directing God’s focus away from aspects of the situation that might elicit divine wrath and toward aspects that may encourage God to be gracious. On the storyteller level, these questions might not only equip believing audiences to utilize questions in their own prayers but enable them to interact with the world in ways that model God’s grace.

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