This Sunday morning we are beginning a series of discussions around the Disciple’s Prayer in Matt. 6-913 and Luke 11:1-4. The Our Father (Catholic) or Lord’s Prayer (Protestant) is also known among Quakers, and Anabaptists as the Disciple’s prayer, that is, it is the disciples who should be praying this prayer, and this one of the key points I will be stressing. The Disciple’s prayer, is a prayer of discipleship, it is meant to form us, both in the kinds of things we pray for (and the language that gets used) as well as the very way we live out those prayers. The prayer is something that I have deeply loved for a number of years and use daily in my own spiritual formation, so I really look forward to doing this. As many of you long-time Gathering In Light readers will know, it’s also something I’ve written on a lot.
Here’s a list of books ((Disclaimer – All links above include affiliate links to Powell’s, if you purchase a book at book after following a link of mine I received a small percentage of the sale. The money goes towards upkeep of the site and of course more books.)) I’m working with during the series, some explicitly deal with the prayer, others mention it, and others simply give background. I have placed stars by the ones that have been influential for my thinking up to this point on the subject.
Book List for The Lord’s Prayer
Elton Trueblood – The Lord’s Prayers
James Mulholland – Praying Like Jesus
Stanely Hauerwas and William Willimon – Lord, Teach Us: The Lord’s Prayer and the Christian Life
NT Wright – The Lord and His Prayer
W. D. Davies – International Commentary on Matthew 1-7
Dallas Willard – The Divine Conspiracy*
Gerhard Lohfink – Jesus And Community*
Glen Stassen and David Gushee – Kingdom Ethics
John Howard Yoder – The Politics of Jesus
Joel Green – Commentary on Luke*
Do you have any favorites?
2 responses to “Resources for Studying the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11)”
Wright’s book of sermons on the prayer is one of my favorites. I also like Lohfink’s exegesis of “Hallowed be your name,” in Jesus and Community. When I’ve preached on the prayer, I follow him and tie that phrase back to Ezekiel 36. Donald Hagner’s Matthew commentary is one I use regularly.
Rediscovering New Testament Prayer: Boldness and Blessing in the Name of Jesus by John Koenig
I particularly have appreciated Koenig's thought that this prayer is a way that we open the world for God, that God is invited into the world as we hallow God's name.