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"Our Father, who art in heaven...."

The opening words of the Lord's Prayer have become so familiar that we often speak them without a thought, sometimes without any awareness that we are speaking at all. But to the disciples who first heard these words from Jesus, the prayer was a thunderbolt, a radical new way to pray that changed them and the course of history.

Far from a safe series of comforting words, the Lord's Prayer makes extraordinary claims, topples every earthly power, and announces God's reign over all things in heaven and on earth. In this groundbreaking new book, R. Albert Mohler Jr. recaptures the urgency and transformational nature of the prayer, revealing once again its remarkable, world-upending power. Step by step, phrase by phrase, The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down explains what these words mean and how we are to pray them.

The Lord's Prayer is the most powerful prayer in the Bible, taught by Jesus to those closest to him. We desperately need to relearn its power and practice. The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down shows us how.     

©2018 R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Deeper Understanding of the "Lord's Prayer"

This book assesses the Lord's Prayer giving the reader/listener greater context of elements of the prayer and the prayer as a whole. For example, the Lord's Prayer is not a mantra but a formula to communicate with God. That is not to say that there are no other formulas for prayer for Jesus said "Pray then like this", "like" being a keyword.

In the context of the day, I've heard that addressing God as Father wasn't done. The Father's son Jesus really ordains those in the Body of Christ to partake in the Family of Christ, adopted if you will, as children of God, all in the first few words "Our Father..." I realize that is a lot to assert, but what would the common untrained believer think back then? They would say, "Oh! We can say "Our Father", we are his Children!" and then the significance of their deep understanding of Family would plug into this new understanding of how to address God. You do not need an educational certification or certificate to understand this if you have a family which uses the model God has given us. There is instant revelation for people who have families in those times, and even in our times now, provided your family is modeled in a way God has intended. Even if your family is fractured, as can happen now or back in antiquity, if you have a biblical understand of the family, the revelation becomes instintanous by just knowing that Jesus gave us the words, "Our Father..." wow...

An earlier reviewer mentioned how his disciples were not scholarly, and they didn't require a nuanced view of the Lord's prayer: "Christ did not use a theological college to interpret his words or prayers.. he sermon-ed for the common man for his simple uneducated heart to understand."

As I always say, it was Jesus the Christ, not Jesus Ph.D. Only the awards, honors, and accolades from man are of man. You can't take your degree to the gates of heaven like a ticket to disney. Our having or not a Ph.D. in Theology may or may not validate our knowledge and understanding of the bible. Degree program or not, it is our obligation to understand God's word at deeper levels and continue to do so. I also laugh at the above-quoted review because God's word is not superficial. As if, Jesus's spoken word should be simply read once and we move on, nay friend, each iteration over God's word should be considered in greater meaning and purpose, and then applying that understanding to the greater context of his word is so necessary for understanding his word correctly, and in this case even our prayer life.

Is the "Lord's Prayer" ready out of the can for the simple? Yes, and I feel reciting the "Lord's Prayer" is worthy, honorable and even necessary. Should we take the "Lord's Prayer" as the food we are given, learn about its ingredients, understanding the flavors and the sustenance it contains so as to apply it to our prayer lives? Absolutely. The Lord puts the cookies on the lower shelf and the upper shelf. As we grow we naturally eat the cookies on the higher shelves.

My feeling is that this book helps us to deepen our understanding of this prayer in a wider way, and also provides tools for applying that understanding to the greater context of the bible. We can take the approach the author used for this prayer, and think about other scriptures and prayers in similar ways.

This book was valuable and an excellent length so as to cover the content, with consideration of the pace of life we all have. The narrator was a great fit for the content too, great packaged content! It deepens our prayer life.

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necessary reading for kingdom kids!

very easy to follow even though it presents plenty of "meat". love the explanation about the meaning of "lead us not into temptation".

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Blueprint for the heart behind the Lord’s Prayer

This book was a great summary of the heart and the allergy of the Lord’s prayer. A must read for everyone who wants to address prayer in the way our Lord taught.

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Opinionated theological fluff

The sermon on the mount is profound as is the Lord's Prayer.
This title is an academic Christian theologic interpretation of this prayer within boundary conditions of all of the understandings or misunderstandings within the mainstream Christian religion.
I tried this title wishing to understand what Christian theologians understand of this prayer of most high.
There are some good material within but it is interspersed with rigid ideals.
Problem with this content is that its conclusions simply wrap you into that of theological understanding. Fact is it is more complex than that which is understood by theologic minds. Theologians try to corner God into this not that not that.
The heart understands what these words mean. Christ did not use a theological college to interpret his words or prayers.. he sermon-ed for the common man for his simple uneducated heart to understand.
Prayer is prayer as long as you are surrendering yourself communing with your father with all your heart..but firstly get a proper translation of the Lord's Prayer from the greek.

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