The Lord's Prayer is probably the most familiar prayer among believers and unbelievers alike. But is there more to understand than we realize?
The Lord and His Prayer by N. T. Wright offers an answer. This powerful resource, appropriate for preachers, teachers, and laypeople alike, brings a whole different level of understanding to the prayer of all prayers.
Originally a series of sermons preached in Lichfield Cathedral in Advent 1995, The Lord and His Prayer is the fruit of Wright's personal exploration of how Jesus answered his disciples when they asked him how to pray. Wright is convinced The Lord's Prayer summarizes the way Jesus read and responded to the signs of the times and understood the task given to him by the Father—and was inviting his followers to share it. For Wright, it serves as a "lens through which to see Jesus himself and to discover something of what he was about."
Wright examines The Lord's Prayer in its original setting, unpacking it word by word and phrase by phrase. His vast knowledge of the historical background of The Lord's Prayer helps clarify the culture and context behind it, offering a broader understanding of the details behind how Jesus taught his people to pray—and ultimately, experience relationship with the Father.
How did Jesus answer his disciples when they asked, "How should we pray?" And what did his answer mean?
In The Lord and His Prayer, N. T. Wright provides an answer. He takes readers by the hand to help them discover the deeper meaning behind the prayer—what Jesus was revealing when he responded to His disciples' question, "How should we pray?"
And he does so in an easy-to-understand-and-read format that one reader described as a "challenging book written in graceful prose."
Readers will explore:
Reading The Lord's Prayer in its historical setting and proper cultural context is the starting point for a fresh understanding of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer.
“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.” (Pages 19–20)
“The very first word of the Lord’s Prayer, therefore (in Greek or Aramaic, ‘Father’ would come first), contains within it not just intimacy, but revolution. Not just familiarity; hope.” (Page 15)
“It is the rhythm of standing in the presence of the pain of the world, and kneeling in the presence of the creator of the world; of bringing those two things together in the name of Jesus and by the victory of the cross; of living in the tension of the double Advent, and of calling God ‘Father’.” (Page 22)
“We want it because we know, in our heart of hearts, that we want the living God. We want to know him; we want to love him. We want to be able truly to call him Father.” (Pages 11–12)
“When we call God ‘Father’, we are called to step out, as apprentice children, into a world of pain and darkness” (Page 21)
In The Lord and His Prayer, N. T. Wright teaches readers what Jesus was revealing to believers in the first century—and today—when he answered His disciples' question, "How should we pray?" Wright, an Anglican priest and authority on the apostle Paul, unpacks the entire prayer to uncover its deeper meaning.
Readers will discover:
Ultimately, readers will learn that The Lord's Prayer is an uncomplicated explanation of the gospel pointing to the restoration of all things—and that those who trust in Jesus should be celebrating his first coming as they eagerly await his return. It will bring a new depth to anyone's prayer life—pastors, teachers, and laypeople alike.