In this brief but substantive examination of the prayers Jesus prayed, Stephen Shoemaker offers helpful applications of Jesus' prayers, as both a way to better understand Jesus and as a way to use his prayers as a model for our own prayer lives. The book addresses our twin hungers for spirituality and for a deeper grasp of who Jesus was. The author takes seriously the way Jesus prayed and how his prayers open a window to our own experience of God. Included are discussions of The Lord's Prayer, The Prayer of Thanksgiving and Life's Reversals, The Gethsemane Prayer, The Prayers from the Cross, and Prayers from John's Gospel. The author stays close to the text of the prayers but he explores their meaning in our lives. He uses Abba rather than the English translation, "Father," in order to bring the reader closer to Jesus as he spoke the words of each prayer. A study guide is included to assist leaders in using the book with small groups.
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