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The Lord's Prayer (DeYoung)

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Christians know the importance of prayer, but the act of praying can be a real challenge. Some have the desire, but not always the will; others worry they don’t do it well. Books about prayer usually emphasize spiritual discipline, but that can foster more guilt than reassurance. So how can Christians improve their prayer life, embracing the privilege of communicating with God? 

In The Lord’s Prayer, Kevin DeYoung closely examines Christ’s model for prayer, giving readers a deeper understanding of its content and meaning, and how it works in the lives of God’s people. Walking through the Lord’s Prayer word by word, DeYoung helps believers gain the conviction to develop a stronger prayer life and a sense of freedom to do so. 


“The Lord’s Prayer is the most important teaching ever about talking with God. That’s why it’s a subject of universal and perennial interest to followers of Jesus. It’s so easy to learn yet infinitely profound. So many have thought so much and so deeply about it, yet no one writer can expound all its riches. Kevin DeYoung has added another helpful volume to the church’s library on the prayer. His book is fresh without trying to be clever, contemporary without forgetting church history, and concise without being simplistic. It’s exactly the kind of work we’ve come to expect from the pen of DeYoung and demonstrates why people find his preaching and writing so edifying.”
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; Praying the Bible; and Family Worship

“The Lord’s Prayer is familiar to many of us, but how well do we really understand each phrase? Scholarly works on the Lord’s Prayer can turn out to be surprisingly complex. Here is a clear, grace-filled, practical exposition that will benefit readers of all levels. DeYoung helps readers see the place of the Lord’s Prayer in the context of all of Scripture and how it relates to Christ himself.”
Brandon D. Crowe, Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“As part of listening to a daily liturgy podcast, I pray the Lord’s Prayer. I look forward to it as a highlight of each day, and it never feels like a ritual. Kevin DeYoung’s book encourages me in my daily routine, ignites my passion for praying the Lord’s Prayer, and solidifies my understanding of the petitions I gladly voice. The Lord’s Prayer is clear and direct, concise and profound—so too is DeYoung’s highly recommended book!”
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Secretary, Evangelical Theological Society; author, God, Gift, and Guide: Knowing the Holy Spirit

“Kevin DeYoung has given us a brief, encouraging, insightful look at the Lord’s Prayer. He combines for us his own meditations and learning and adds some ideas about this prayer from the collective wisdom of the past. The result is what we would expect from this author: a pastoral, clear, simple (not simplistic), inspiring, and biblical teaching on the best-known prayer that ever came from the lips of our Lord."
Miguel Núñez, Teaching Pastor, International Baptist Church of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Founding President, Wisdom & Integrity Ministries

“In his exposition of the Lord’s Prayer, DeYoung reminds us that a glorious vision of our God moves us to pray, and he explains the words of our Lord Jesus that we may know what to pray. Without limiting us to just one form, Kevin shows us that Jesus’s model prayer provides the very foundation we need to sustain a vibrant life of communion with the living God in prayer. If you want to grow in prayer, take up and read. Then put it into practice.”
Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

“Even though one of the greatest privileges we have as Christians is to come to our heavenly Father in prayer, we often struggle to pray. The Lord’s Prayer begins with how we should pray, expounds on what Jesus taught us to pray, and ends in a crescendo of God-exalting prayer. It will give you a sense of the greatness of the God who listens to our prayers, which will spur you on to pray. Read this book, then read it again with someone in your church.”
Keri Folmar, pastor’s wife in Dubai; author

“Is it true that familiarity breeds contempt? I sure hope not, especially as it relates to the Lord’s Prayer. Many Christians can recite this prayer of Jesus by heart, but they may not realize how helpful it can be to both jump-start and sustain their often inert prayer life. With his usual clarity and profundity, Kevin DeYoung walks us through the Lord’s Prayer, revealing how it can be a foundation for all of our communion with God. So take up and read, because this book will help propel deeper faith in and stronger commitment to the gift that is prayer.”
Julius J. Kim, Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California.

About the Author

Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, and associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He has written books for children, adults, and academics, including Just Do SomethingCrazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin’s work can be found on Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.