Ken Hemphill’s The Prayer of Jesus

Although Hemphill’s book bears the same title as Hank Hanegraaff’s, it is by far the better of the two. Hemphill is the former President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and now writes on Empowering Kingdom Growth for the SBC. In this book, he offers the reader a well-balanced and informed discussion of the Lord’s Prayer.

There are many similarities between Hemphill’s work and Hanegraaff’s. They both use many illustrations from the respective authors’ families. Both are relatively brief. Both are written for laypeople. And both have a conversational tone. 

Where Hemphill’s work surpasses Hanegraaff’s is his systematic approach to the different phrases of the prayer, as opposed to Hanegraaff’s less consistent approach to the prayer itself. Both are exegetically sound. Hemphill’s approach is simply more methodical and therefore easier to follow.

There are moments in this book that are right powerful. There are portions of this book that are very convicting. In all, it will greatly aid any Christian who hopes to understand the Lord’s Prayer more fully.

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