Great Insights and Principles On Prayer – Reviewed By David P. Craig
There are some great books that hone in on the specificities of what has commonly become known as “The Lord’s Prayer” – particularly it’s exposition from Matthew 6:9-13. This week I will be completing a preaching series on the “Lord’s Prayer” which began in January and will be ending in May of 2018. I read seven books specifically as expositions or sermons based on the Lord’s Prayer of which this was one of those seven. I also consulted various commentaries on the passage as well.
Of all the resources I consulted on the Lord’s Prayer that I enjoyed Sproul’s the most. This book not only breaks down the specific petitions in the prayer but also contains helpful chapters on the following: “How Not to Pray”; “Questions and Answers” on Prayer from various passages of Scripture; and a whole chapter devoted to the question: “If God Is Sovereign, Why Pray?”
If I were only going to get only one book specifically on “The Lord’s Prayer” this is the one I would recommend. Sproul is a master communicator and does an excellent job providing insights, principles, and pointed applications that help you to be more God-centered, God-focused, and God-glorifying in your prayer life. As I have been taking in Sproul’s insights I have found myself growing in my intimacy with Christ, and helping others to do the same.
Chart on Praying the Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13
This chart outlines the main types of prayer as they are presented in the Lord’s Prayer. Use this outline to guide you through a time of prayer using these main types.
VERSE HOW TO PRAY TYPE OF PRAYER
|Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.
||Telling God how great He is and How much He means to you.
||Worship/Adoration and thanksgiving
|Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
||Giving God total control over all the areas in your (or another’s) life
|Give us this day our daily bread,
||Asking God to provide for today’s needs.
|And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
||Admitting your sin to God and asking for forgiveness; telling God how you have been sinned against and forgiving those who have hurt you.
|And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
||Asking God to give you (or another) strength over particular areas of evil to which you (or another) fall prey.
Chart adapted from “List A” in the very helpful book on prayer by Evan B. Howard. Praying The Scriptures: A Field Guide for Your Spiritual Journey. Downers Grove: IL.: IVP, 1999. I have changed the Scriptures used in the original chart to the ESV.
About the Author: Evan Howard is the director of the Spirituality Shoppe: An Evangelical Center for the Study of Christian Spirituality, based in Montrose, Colorado. He has served as a pastor at two churches and as an adjunct faculty member at Whitworth College. He is also the author of Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality & Affirming the Touch of God.