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Praying the Lord's Prayer [Paperback]

J I Packer
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; First edition (21 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349634
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another concise classic from I J Packer 1 Feb 2010
This is yet another great work of I J Packer. You can come back to read it again and again. It is for thoughtful meditation rather than an academic read. Distills the true meaning of every clause of the Lord's prayer in a concise manner. For a more comprehensive exposition I would recommend Thomas Watson's work, which is the Gold Standard on this subject. Also, it is cheaper to buy the Growing in Christ title, which is a collection of three titles, The creed, The Lord's Prayer, and Ten commandments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRAYER 8 Mar 2013
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PRAYER IS NEVER EASY AND WE NEED All the help we can get to enter into such a wonderful experience of dialogue with a marvellous Creator who longs to hear his people pray. J Packer is just the man to teach us.. Well done!! greaqt book and great subject...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Attention Kindle users: read this before you buy! 12 Aug 2011
By Daniel Wallis - Published on
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Be advised, Kindle user that this is just one third of a larger book by Packer called "Growing in Christ" ([...]) - the other sections covered in Growing in Christ are the "10 Commandments" and "the Lord's prayer". At the time of my writing this, the full book "Growing in Christ" is $2 LESS than this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teaches You to Meditate on the Lord's Prayer Phrase by Phrase 30 Jun 2011
By Fr. Charles Erlandson - Published on
Any book that can teach Christians to pray the Lord's Prayer more frequently, more thoughtfully, and more fully is, in a sense, a great book.

Packer's teaching on the Lord's Prayer in "Praying the Lord's Prayer" is excellent. He divides his teaching on the Lord's Prayer into 16 short chapters, so it's a very user-friendly book. He spends time on each phrase, as well as providing a few introductory chapters, and even a chapter on "Amen."

Packer writes in a very simple yet deep way that will be a benefit to just about any Christian, young or old, young in the faith or a pastor, teacher, or parent. One of the things Packer does best is to break down the structure of the Lord's Prayer and show how the parts relate. And then he explains each phrase in a way that gives you something to think about. Packer is also good at providing some mnemonics for remembering key points. For example, "provision, pardon, and protection" - 3 ideas that are central to the Lord's Prayer.

This is the secret to praying the Lord's Prayer: to meditate on it in slow motion and phrase by phrase so that whenever you pray it is filled with rich meaning in Christ for you. Unfortunately, I think that most Christians who pray the Lord's Prayer simply pray it when in church and try their best to think about something for the 23 seconds it takes to pray it. This isn't a very fulfilling way to pray! What if, instead, you had already deeply meditated on the meaning of each phrase, as well as how they work together?

"Praying the Lord's Prayer" is a great little book.

The only reason I'm giving the book 4 stars is because "Praying the Lord's Prayer" was extracted from Packer's larger work, "Growing in Christ." For only $1.50 more or so you can get not only Packer's teaching on the Lord's Prayer but also his teaching on the Apostles Creed and the Ten Commandments. I've used "Growing in Christ" in a confirmation class I teach because the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles Creed, and the Ten Commandments are the foundations of the Christian life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Full 16 Aug 2010
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Praying the Lord's Prayer was originally written as part of Growing in Christ by J.I. Packer. The book is broken into small chapters with Scripture and questions to answer at the end. Each chapter covers a line or portion of a line from what most people know as "the Lord's Prayer." Packer also refers to other prayers through out the Bible to use as examples.

This book is well written. There are very few wasted words as every paragraph is full of thought provoking insight. The book itself is short, only 120 pages. I was not expecting a devotional style book, but found this to be a great way to study the Lord's prayer because it kept me from reading too fast; there is a lot to digest. Packer challenges his reader to examine his/her own prayer life, something not to be done quickly. If you're looking for something short, but powerful, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devotional Oriented 24 Mar 2008
By William T. Young - Published on
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Praying the Lord's Prayer

I found this little book to be a wonderful resource on understanding the many facets of the Lord's Prayer. The depth and knowledge of a man committed to studying God through scriptures is evident in each chapter. The book can be easily read for information in one sitting. I would not recommend that. I found the book to be most helpful reading it several times more slowly. Using the book as a means to examine God's purposes through daily prayer was best accomplished by taking each chapter as a daily devotional. This book and the author helped me to understand what a gift Jesus gave us when he said to his disciples then and now, pray in this way.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just so-so for me 21 Nov 2007
By A. M. Starr - Published on
While the topic is compelling and can truly change your view on prayer if taken to heart, the wording and sentence structure of this book drove me over the edge and got in the way of me being able to give it too much credit. I've never read Packer before, but heard from my discussion group leader that this is typical Packer-style and after reading several of his books you get in the groove of run-ons and multiple sub-thoughts per sentence. A great topic, but I believe there has got to be better-written books out there on this subject. Just know that if you decide to delve into this book, you'll be re-reading and re-reading sentences and chapters and still have the possibility of coming out saying, "What?!" I did like the way he broke down the Lord's prayer into such detail. A whole chapter on "from evil" is intense and thought-provoking!
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