About the Author
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-sellerKnowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Praying is a problem for many people. Christians often go through the motions of prayer because it is expected of them, but they are often left wondering, "Did God hear me? Does He even care?" In his book Praying the Lord's Prayer, an excerpt from Growing in Christ, J. I. Packer presents a powerful truth: prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and His children. As Packer works through each phrase of Christ's pattern of prayer, readers will begin to grasp the basic principles and guidelines of prayer. As readers apply the truths of this book to their prayer lives, they will experience intimate communication with God and will strengthen their own conversations with their Father in heaven.
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.