New Judson Press book explores potency, impact of Lord’s Prayer

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/20/17)Many Christians know the popular Scripture known as the Lord’s Prayer. But do we realize the true power of this deceptively simple yet significant model for prayer? In “The Revolutionary Power of the Lord’s Prayer,” Alice Burnette Greene offers today’s Christian disciples new understanding of the potency and impact this prayer delivers and the transformative effect it can have for sharing God’s love in the world.

“Alice Greene has crystalized a central question for us as followers of Jesus Christ: How best do we do that which Jesus teaches us to do?” says Debora Jackson, director of Lifelong Learning at Yale Divinity School. “The answer is found in the beautiful simplicity of the model prayer. The Lord, indeed, has taught us how to pray, and this book teaches us how to apply that prayer to our lives.”

“The Revolutionary Power of the Lord’s Prayer” explores the lesser-known version of the prayer found in Luke’s Gospel to help readers deepen their faith and commitment to follow Christ in a way that influences and affects the world. Readers are urged to do the following:

  • truly mean what is being prayed;
  • expect what is being prayed to happen;
  • believe that prayers have power in the name of Jesus; and
  • believe that individuals can make a difference.

“This book is unique in presentation, original in interpretation and richly revealing of the author’s personal prayer life,” states J. Alfred Smith Sr., professor emeritus of American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, Calif. “Her easy and clear style of writing makes reading her book both enjoyable and inspiring.”

Through examples of modern-day responses to social justice issues, personal deepening exercises and guided group discussions, the reader will discover how the Lord’s Prayer empowers us to become revolutionary forces in the world today and encourages each to “go and do likewise.”

Greene writes with experience spiritual insight, and a passion for empowering God’s people to become change agents in the world. She has served churches in the Washington, D.C., and Chicago areas. She is also author of “Angels All Around” (2010) and the blog Moving Mountains: The Hope of Faith in Action at

Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.