A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance
by Kirsten Birkett
About the Author
Kevin DeYoung is currently the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church, in Matthews, North Carolina. He is a member of The Gospel Coalition‘s Council. He also contributes articles to various other evangelical organizations, such as World, 9Marks, and Desiring God.
1 When You Pray
2 Our Father
3 Our Desire
4 Our Daily Bread
5 Our Debts
6 Our Plea
7 His Glory
A brief study of the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, the theology they teach, and how they affect our Christian lives.
Chapter 1: When You Pray
Prayer is both essential and very discouraging; we want to pray, but feel like failures. Books exhorting us to pray leave us guilty. The Lord’s prayer, however, is different. It has been memorised by Christians for millennia.
In Luke, the prayer is Jesus’ response to “teach us to pray.” He did not teach how long prayer should be, or what time of day, or posture, or how it should feel. He was more concerned with what to pray for. In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches in the context of Jewish piety: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Here he does address the “how” of prayer: from a humble heart. He assumes we will pray (6:5); in his time, synagogue prayer was three times a day – while private prayer also happened, Jesus disciples’ were probably thinking of corporate prayer. . . .[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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