Photo: Castle tower, San Marino, Italian Peninsula.  Copyright 1999 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.   Why Monks? Photo: Celtic cross.  Copyright 2000 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.

             Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."

Photo: View looking down from the top of Blarney Castle, Ireland.  Copyright 1999 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.

 

Image: Knights of Prayer monastic order logo (with white Celtic cross on a green shield).

All we mean by being a "monk" is to be a consecrated Christian, especially dedicated to the Word of God and prayer

Monks for Jesus!

     The Knights of Prayer monastic order is made up of supporters of The Prayer Foundation Monk Preston and Monk Linda felt called to Co-found a Christian ministry devoted to prayer (see: About The Prayer Foundation).  The idea of "monks" is a historical Christian symbol and metaphor for both a life of prayer, and a life of dedication to the Lord. 

Monk Preston, bright red flowers, and bushes. 

Monk Preston: Co-Founder and President of The Prayer Foundation

       

Historic monks, like the historic church, had fallen into unscriptural beliefs and practices, needing reform.  The Protestant Reformation emphasized key biblical doctrines: Scripture Alone (as a Christian's sole authority);  Faith Alone (as necessary for Salvation); and The Priesthood of all Believers (direct access to God the Father for all Christians, by Christ our only intermediary). _________________________

Image: The Prayer Foundation logo (with white Celtic cross on a green shield).

The idea of monks and monasteries should have been subjected to the light of the Scriptures.  This we have done. 

     Martin Luther (himself having been an Augustinian Monk) considered retaining the monasteries because of their usefulness as schools.  He felt more strongly that monks should not be forbidden to marry, and ended them (for a more in-depth look at the reasons why Martin Luther ended the monasteries, see the footnote at the bottom of our page: Favorite Monks: Martin Luther).

Photo: of Monk Linda.  Copyright 2003 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.

Monk Linda: Co-Founder of The Prayer Foundation and the First Lady Monk.

     We agree most Christians should marry, but feel ending the monasteries was "throwing the baby out with the bath water."  The idea of monks and monasteries should have been subjected to the light of the Scriptures.  This we have done. 

     If you feel that you are already a monk in your heart (see: Become a Monk!), and desire to become a part of this ministry, we welcome you!                    

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