prayer refers not only to an activity but also to the words used. though not all prayer uses words, a great deal certainly does. and the words which have central importance are those that Jesus himself taught us. this prayer finds a place in all the services of the church, and in the private prayer of christians.

it can serve indeed as an excellent introduction to prayer all by itself. take these words, and pray them slowly each evening, perhaps an hour or two before bed. perhaps add to them your own reflections on the day, sharing with God your joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams, and bring before the Almighty the needs and concerns of the world, and all in need.

be regular. even if some evening you cannot imagine taking your normal usual time, do not let this worry you. say the prayer, give your heart to God in whatever time is available, and do not fret. God hears your intention and honors it.

our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your Name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
give us today our daily bread.
forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
save us from the time of trial,
    and deliver us from evil.
for the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and for ever. amen.

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