The Lord and His Prayerby N. T. Wright
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In this book of pastoral reflections N.T. Wright explores how the Lord's Prayer sums up what Jesus was all about in his first-century setting. Wright locates the Lord's Prayer, clause by clause, within the historical life and work of Jesus and allows the prayer's devotional application to grow out of its historical context. The result is a fresh understanding of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer. This deeply devotional book will refresh and stimulate the heart and mind of any reader.
"Wright parses [the Lord's Prayer] in six parts to demonstrate that it contains the essence of Christian teaching. . . . Absorbing and inspiring."
"Wright combines a sharp homiletical style with his rich background as a New Testament scholar. . . . The Lord and His Prayer is a helpful book for the devotional life of beginning prayers as well as for more mature Christians."
Christian Library Journal
"Fresh insight into the multiple meanings of the Lord's Prayer. . . . Worth reading slowly and pondering."
Theological Book Review
"This easily accessible series of reflections focuses sharply on that prayer which is at the heart of discipleship, relating it to the ministry of Jesus. Study groups and personal reflection will both be enriched by this work."
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N. T. (Tom) Wright is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and one of the most highly respected biblical scholars in the world today.
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How many times have you prayed the Lord's Prayer in your life time? If you're like me, probably thousands and thousands of times, and sadly many times without really "praying" the prayer. It is one of our most familiar and widely recognized prayers, and our Lord's way of teaching us how to pray. I discovered the existence of this little book while on a Mission Trip to an Orphanage in Mexico in March 2010. My friend who led this trip has read NT Wright for years, and decided to use this little book for morning devotions each mroning before heading off to breakfast then the Orphanage. 14 of us gathered in the courtyard of our little hotel to hear what little nuggets Ruth had for us each day. Ruth had read this little book many times over the years, and was able to distill many poignant elements that fit nicely into our 20 minute gatherings. As always happens with the Holy Spirit, we each heard just what we needed to shore us up for the day ahead. A few of the most memorable images from the book were contained in a particular passage, "That's why calling God, "Father" is the great act of faith, of Holy boldness, of risk. Saying our Father isn't just the boldness, the sheer cheek, of walking into the presence of the living and almighty God and saying "Hi, Dad." It is the boldness, the sheer total risk, of saying quietly "Please may I, too be considered an apprentice son." It means signing on for the kingdom of God". This little book will turn your world upside down once you've read and re-read it and begin to pray the prayer in a way that you probably have not done before. It is also one of those books that you will very much want to re-read again and again and each time will find some new truth waiting for you to discover.