Lord, Teach Us to Pray: A New Look at the Lord's Prayer

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The Lord's Prayer has nurtured Christians throughout the ages. Yet today it is oftenwell known—but little understoodfrequently repeated—but seldom contemplatedmuch loved as Jesus's model prayer—but attacked by some for naming God "Father."Martin Luther said, "To this day I am still nursing myself on the Lord's Prayer like a child and am still eating and drinking of it like an old man without getting bored with it." The Lord's Prayer can still offer such nourishment.

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Overview

The Lord's Prayer has nurtured Christians throughout the ages. Yet today it is oftenwell known—but little understoodfrequently repeated—but seldom contemplatedmuch loved as Jesus's model prayer—but attacked by some for naming God "Father."Martin Luther said, "To this day I am still nursing myself on the Lord's Prayer like a child and am still eating and drinking of it like an old man without getting bored with it." The Lord's Prayer can still offer such nourishment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556357855
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 184

Meet the Author

Arthur Paul Boers teaches pastoral theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. A Mennonite minister and Benedictine oblate, he has pastored in rural and urban settings in the U.S. and Canada. The author of six books, his degrees include the following: DMin, MTh in Pastoral Counseling, MDiv, and an MA in Peace Studies. Boers, a Canadian, is the oldest child of Dutch immigrants. He and spouse Lorna McDougall are the parents of two young adults.

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Table of Contents


Preface     11
Introduction: Lord, Teach Us to Pray     13
The Lord's Prayer in the Bible and Today     19
The Lord's Prayer in the Bible
The Challenge of Praying the Lord's Prayer Today
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Our Father     28
The Importance of "Our"
On Being God's Children
Hugging God
Our Father and the Sins of Our Fathers     36
Do Sinful Fathers Represent God?
Our Father Versus Our Fathers
Patriarchal Projections?
Retaining the "Father"
Naming and Worship
Parental Metaphors
Providence and Obedience     44
Our Father Provides
Doing the Will of Our Father
Our Response to Fatherly Love
The Lord Looks Down from Heaven     50
Close Yet So Far
The Need for Parental Distance
The Discipline and the Distance
Hallowed Be Thy Name     56
What's in a Name?
Taking God's Name in Vain
Familiarity As Vanity
"God-Language" and Evangelism
Named After God
Thy Kingdom Come     65
Waiting, Waiting, Always Waiting
The Centrality of the Kingdom
Here, But Still Coming
The Dominion of God
Thy Will Be Done     73
The Poetry of Parallels
The Will of God in Life's Difficult Circumstances
I Did It God's Way
The Difficulty of Obeying God
The Peril of Self-Righteousness
On Earth As in Heaven     83
The Axis of the Lord's Prayer
Heaven and Earth
Heavenly Aspirations
A Paradoxical Passport to Heaven
Heaven'sDesigns on Earth
A City Called Heaven
Our Daily Bread     91
Lifestyles of the Rich and Foolish
The Prayer of the Poor
Praying About Bread
Learning That Enough Is Enough
Pass the Bread
Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Sins, and Debts     103
The Gift of Our Dependence
Debts, Sins, or Trespasses?
The Good News and the Bad News
Indebted to God
As We Forgive Our Debtors     112
Those Who Trespass Against Us
Clenched Fists
Past and Present Forgiveness
The Forgiveness of Debts
An Astounding Example
The Challenge of Reconciliation
The Freedom of Forgiveness
Bring Us Not into Trial     127
A Problem Petition
Temptation in the Bible
Evil and Temptation
Facing Temptation
Observations About Temptation
Righteous Temptation
But Deliver Us from Evil     137
Delivered from a Dungeon
Victims of Evil
The Reality of the Evil One
Deliver Us
Delivered from Evil
For Thine Is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory For Ever     146
Where Do Doxologies Come From?
Understanding the Doxology
Thine Is the Power
And the Glory
Amen and Amen!     153
You've Got to Help Me Preach!
Amen in the Bible
Saying Yes to God
Amen, God Is Faithful
Let Us Pray     159
The Virtue of Repetition
When One Is Unable to Pray
The Majestic Thunder of Mighty Waters
Study Guide     166
Notes     171
Bibliography     178
Scripture Index     182
The Author     184
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