The Gift of Prayer

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“Lord, Teach us to pray” – a simple request answered with the most recognized and spoken prayer in Christendom.

Our Father which art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
And the glory, forever. Amen.

While it may be recited with subtle differences around the world, the heart of the lesson remains the same: the object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to change our hearts to match His will. When our will matches His, then we seek for ourselves and others only the blessings God is already willing to grant us.

As I grow older I realize that after the gift of His Son, the greatest gift God has given us is prayer.

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