(Book review) The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution


Reviewed by: Elissa Harkness, a professional writing minor at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution

Author: R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

Publisher: Nelson Books

Publication DateJanuary 23, 2018

Format: Print book

Length: 174 pages

OVERVIEW

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. explores the most well known prayer in the world, the Lord’s Prayer. Delving into the basics of what prayer is and what it isn’t, Mohler aims to teach Christian audiences how to revamp their prayer lives.  Mohler insists that prayer is not meant to be one item on a monotonous agenda. Instead, he seeks to help Christians understand how to pray from God Himself. As the Son of God is meant to be the perfect representation of how Christians should live, Mohler’s stance is that it makes logical sense to learn also how to pray from Christ.

With this argument in tact, he digs into the general importance and power of the Lord’s Prayer. By taking a chapter to explain each phrase, he masterfully analyzes the intricate workings of how the Lord’s Prayer is deliberately laid out and what Christians can learn from it. From eschatological, historical, and biblical research, he shows readers with great clarity how every part of the prayer has a deeper, intentional meaning and is meant to glorify God. Though some principles may be advanced, Mohler explains each finding in an easily understandable and practical way, making this book an excellent guide for prayer. His insights on how this powerful prayer addresses worship, obedience, holiness, justice, gratitude, and personal discipline help enlighten the great depth of this important passage of Scripture.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

High school students and older Christians

Christian Impact

As this book is a guide on how to pray, Christians can gain clear insight into the power and purpose of prayer. Delving into how everything is meant to be for God’s glory, including petition in prayer, Mohler teaches and focuses readers’ attention on how to give God the glory in every aspect of prayer.

 



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