New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray

Mary Lou Redding • August 2011

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Many of us feel intimidated about our prayer life—we look at other Christians, and prayer seems to come naturally to them. But somehow we feel that we just don't "get it." Author Mary Lou Redding reminds us that the disciples were with Jesus continually, and still they had to ask him for help in learning how to pray. That should reassure us, she says.

Because the Lord's Prayer is so familiar, we run the risk of praying it by rote without really thinking about the meaning of the words. Redding explores this ancient prayer phrase by phrase and helps us see how it can be a model for all of our praying.

This insightful, practical study of the Lord's Prayer features

  • six brief chapters that can be read in 10 to 15 minutes
  • brief daily scripture passages
  • reflection questions for each chapter
  • suggestions for weekly group meetings

Rather than approaching scripture from a scholarly standpoint, Redding invites us to consider passages with our hearts. She encourages us to make connections between the scriptures and our daily lives.

As an added benefit, Redding leads us through several classic Christian spiritual practices, such as examen, journaling, and reflective reading of scripture.

This book is a great resource for a congregational study on the Lord's Prayer. It will help anyone enrich their faith and deepen their relationship with God.

6 weeks • Includes Leader's Guide

Categories: Prayer
Mary Lou Redding is interested in many disciplines — art, literature, music, science, philosophy, religion, politics. She is a writer, a thinker, a feminist, a loving mother and grandmother, an outspoken and direct person. She loves to bake and cook, creating her own recipes. She designs and sews clothes, watches Star Trek in all its versions, roots for the Atlanta Braves, and plays word games at every opportunity. From hardy, hillbilly stock, Mary Lou is in the first generation of her family to be born outside Kentucky since her great- [x 20] grandfather George Gideon Ison came to Letcher County in the early 1700s. Her hillbilly heritage of fierce independence and hard work is sometimes evident in negative ways. She is one of seven children and has over 50 first cousins. Mary Lou’s only child, an adult daughter, is the mother of her two nearly perfect granddaughters, Rosalie and Arianwyn. Spending time with them and with other younger members of her huge extended family brings Mary Lou great joy. Before becoming an editor and writer, Mary Lou taught basic and advanced prose writing and business communication on the college level. Teaching — both writing and the Bible — is one of her great loves. Mary Lou has a master of arts degree in rhetoric and writing and worked professionally as a writer and editor for many years, retiring as editorial director of The Upper Room magazine in 2012. Of all the writing and editing projects she has been part of, Mary Lou most treasures helping to create the Spiritual Formation Bible, published in 1999 by Zondervan and republished in 2007 by Upper Room Books as the Meeting God Bible. One of her major interests is the intersection of personality and spirituality, and she is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality-preference inventory. Mary Lou completed the Academy for Spiritual Formation, an intensive, two-year experiential and academic program in Christian spirituality.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1066-1

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1075-3

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1154-5

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: August 2011

Trim Size: 7 in (w) x 10 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

BISAC1: REL012080



Mary Lou Redding peels back a few more layers of the Lord’s Prayer to reveal something new and thoughtful about Jesus’ precious words. Rather than introduce us to the latest prayer fad, she invites us prayerfully into a time of prayer with the prayer and with each other. In writing this book she has (echoing her own observations on the words of Frederick Buechner) found the place where her deep gladness meets the world’s (and our!) deep hunger. After reading this book, it will be difficult to ever again pray the Lord’s Prayer by rote.
—Frank Ramirez, Pastor, Everett (PA) Church of the Brethren, author of several books, and frequent contributor to The Upper Room

In her compellingly candid style, Mary Lou Redding revisits the familiar model prayer in a uniquely familiar way. Approaching the Lord's Prayer as an invitation to discipleship, Redding gives heartfelt insight into the taken-for-granted meaning in this beloved prayer and challenges readers to become more reflective about the words they are praying.

Study groups hoping to enrigh their faith will appreciate this splendid guide that introduces them to classic Christian practices as they discover ways to enhance their prayer life and deepen their walk with God. --Ruth Givens, Ed.D. Associate Professor, Department of Foundations and Transdisciplinary Studies School of Education Azusa Pacific University