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Treatise on Prayer

by John Knox

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Knox composed this treatise on the occasion of the death of Edward VI, King of England. Catholic Queen Mary Tudor, known to history as “Bloody Mary” succeeded him. In this work, Knox calls people to pray for Queen Mary, both for her wellbeing and for her to uphold her promise not to persecute Protestants. Unfortunately, she did not uphold it, and Knox fled to continental Europe for his life. Nevertheless, his prayers exhibit great maturity and compassion, and can serve to instruct Christians under tyranny.

Kathleen O'Bannon
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Born: 1514, Haddington, Scotland
Died: November 24, 1572, Edinburgh, Scotland
Related topics: Burns, Robert,--1759-1796, Church history, History, Hugo, Victor,--1802-1885, Knox, John,--ca. 1514-1572
Basic information: John Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who brought reformation to the church in Scotland. He was educated at the University of St Andrews or possibly the University of Glasgow and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1536. Influenced by early church reformers such as George Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the Scottish church.
Popular works: First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women., Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6), History of the Reformation of Religion in Scotland, Treatise on Prayer