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Praying Like Jesus: The Lord's Prayer in a Culture of Prosperity [Hardcover]

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Pages   133
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 18, 2001
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060011564  
EAN  9780060011567  


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Jabez got it wrong. Praying is a central practice of spiritual life. Through prayer we turn our hearts and minds from our limited perspectives and concerns and begin to discern the divine will for the world. James Mulholland believes the self-correcting nature of prayer is being distorted by a culture of prosperity, which has refashioned prayer in its own image, making books such as The Prayer of Jabez huge bestsellers. Prayer today bears little resemblance to the kind Jesus taught. For many, it has become a means of personal success and material gain, taking the form of a shopping list rather than a transforming spiritual discipline. Mulholland warns that we have forgotten the true purpose of prayer: He believes, "The point of prayer is not to tell God what you want, but to hear what you need. It is not approaching God with our demands, but listening for God's commands. It is not seeking our will, but learning to discern God's will. This is so important to understand in a culture that caters to our every whim. Prayer isn't about me. It is about God." Jesus understood the nature of prayer and taught his disciples to pray the beloved Lord's Prayer. Offering a fresh and compelling reading of this "Prayer of Jesus," Mulholland calls us back to the true essence of prayer. He shows how authentic prayer will lead us away from the self-interest of the prevailing culture of greed and move us toward the compassion, sacrifice, and love that are the hallmarks of the kingdom of God. Praying Like Jesus is an invitation to rediscover the life we are called to as Christians'a vow to transform our culture and world. The early Christians prayed like Jesus and were legendary for their acts of compassion and service. Mulholland believes this can and should be the commitment of Christians today. Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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Jabez got it wrong.

Praying is a central practice of spiritual life. Through prayer we turn our hearts and minds from our limited perspectives and concerns and begin to discern the divine will for the world. James Mulholland believes the self-correcting nature of prayer is being distorted by a culture of prosperity, which has refashioned prayer in its own image, making books such as "The Prayer of Jabez" huge bestsellers.

Prayer today bears little resemblance to the kind Jesus taught. For many, it has become a means of personal success and material gain, taking the form of a shopping list rather than a transforming spiritual discipline. Mulholland warns that we have forgotten the true purpose of prayer: He believes, "The point of prayer is not to tell God what you want, but to hear what you need. It is not approaching God with our demands, but listening for God's commands. It is not seeking our will, but learning to discern God's will. This is so important to understand in a culture that caters to our every whim. Prayer isn't about me. "It is about God.""

Jesus understood the nature of prayer and taught his disciples to pray the beloved Lord's Prayer. Offering a fresh and compelling reading of this "Prayer of Jesus," Mulholland calls us back to the true essence of prayer. He shows how authentic prayer will lead us away from the self-interest of the prevailing culture of greed and move us toward the compassion, sacrifice, and love that are the hallmarks of the kingdom of God.

"Praying Like Jesus" is an invitation to rediscover the life we are called to as Christians'a vow to transform our culture and world. The early Christians prayed like Jesus and were legendary for their acts of compassion and service. Mulholland believes this can and should be the commitment of Christians today.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


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Amazing!  Jan 7, 2007
LOVED this book! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a more balanced and challenging perspective on what it means to live as a part of the Kingdom of God.
 
5 for the message, but . . . .   Dec 9, 2006
Mulholland hits the nail on the head in regards to the problems of prosperity oriented Christianity. It's not what Jesus taught! His observations are on the money and are hard hitting. So why only two stars? While I agree with many of his general observations, I disagree with some of his interpretations of scripture. For example, on page 80 he says (in reference to the feeding of the 5,000 in the gospel of Mark) "I don't think it was supernatural. I think what happened is that those people saw Jesus take the little food he had and offer it to them. I believe they were deeply moved by his compassion and generosity. Suddenly, the baskets and packages of food that had been hoarded and hidden by thousands of people were freely offered to those around them."

If the story found in Mark happened the way that Mulholland imagines, it would support the point he is trying to make, but the problem is that is not what scripture says. Not in Mark, not anywhere. So what is his basis for this new and unsupported interpretation of those events? He has none other than an idea that came to him. He changes the specifics of an event to make it say what he would like it to say, and in effect changes the meaning and focus.
 
Very Good But.....  Mar 21, 2005
This is a very good book whose content I found very convicting to normal run of the mill Christianity. The challenge to the radical Christianity of Jesus is much needed in our day. My only complaint is that, at times, I wound up feeling guilty for praying for myself, saving for retirement, or finding spiritual meaning in Jesus' teachings, as well as radical life meanings for reaching out to the poor, an emphasis which is much needed for sure. I also heard a certain arrogance in this book that seemed to fly in the face of the very thing the author is against. I would say to Jim, "take the log of your own eye in order to see clearly to take the speck out of another's eye". Maybe I'm just convicted and don't like it. Having said all that, I plan to read this book again. The message is not comfortable, which is why this book is very important and needs to be read by every Christian searching to know the full meaning of the Christian life. Mulholland definitely puts the reader in touch with more of that through his comments on the Lord's Prayer.
 
A book more people need to read and take to heart  Feb 2, 2005
This book sets on its ear the common misinterpretation of "The Prayer of Jabez" and other parts of the Bible as commanding personal materialism and selfishness. It examines the Lord's Prayer line by line, showing how Christians can live more as Jesus would live.

It's a timely antidote to the church-sanctioned culture of greed followed by so many American Christians. Parts of it literally made my jaw drop. Thank you, Rev. Mulholland, for a thought-provoking and inspiring book. I'll be buying and distributing several copies.
 
Mulholland Has It Right  Jun 20, 2003
An explosive and at times infuriorating look into the Lord's Prayer. It was a defining moment for me to step back from prayer as I know it and to make absolute sense as to what it meant to me, personally. The outcome was absolutely personal, and something that I needed. be GOD's!
 

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