I fear the prayer of John Knox more than the combined armies of Europe.
— Mary, Queen of Scots
John Knox, born about 1514 in or near Haddington, Scotland, is pictured in various ways. W. Stanford Reid portrays him as the “trumpeter of God, an epithet that Knox used to describe himself. David D. Murison calls him “the writer,” or “the pamphleteer.” Lemuel B. Bissell refers to him as “the father of Presbyterianism in Scotland.” However, the designation “theologian of prayer” can also be rightfully conferred on him. This chapter considers a variety of aspects of Knox’s theology of prayer and will conclude with a cursory look at his life of prayer.
To read my entire article, see Chapter 3 of Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2011), 43-65.