February 18, 2013

Book Review: The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul

The author packs a lot of interesting and informative information into this 130-page book on the Lord's Prayer. This is a book I would have no problem giving to a new believer looking to develop his prayer life or a mature believer looking to examine the model prayer.

The first chapter is "How Not To Pray." In learning how not to pray one also learns in very general terms how to pray. This is a terrific first chapter that introduces the account of the disciples asking Jesus how to pray. Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, "Jesus' intent was to give His disciples a model prayer, an example to follow, one that would teach them transferrable principles for conversation with God."

In the main portion of the book, Dr. Sproul breaks down each section of the Lord's Prayer and explains what it means, featuring such topics as the fatherhood of God, the kingdom of God, the will of God, the nature of sin and forgiveness, the dangers of temptation, and the cunning of Satan.

The final two chapters of the book deal with questions and answers, and a longer treatment of the purpose of prayer in light of God's sovereignty. I really appreciated the appendix that answered several questions for me.

I enjoy R. C. Sproul's teaching because he excels at encouraging Christians to think more deeply about biblical truth than they ever thought was possible. He clearly explains the Scriptures with sentences that are simple and accurate. The Prayer of the Lord is an immensely helpful and practical resource for any who desire a richer, more biblically-informed prayer life. This little book now takes its place with the classics on prayer.

I will be receiving a free printed copy of the book as compensation for my review.

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