The Lord's Prayer: Doorway to God

The Lord’s Prayer answers our questions about how to pray–answers that grow richer and deeper as we grow in spirit.

By Elaine St. Johns

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For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen... Why do we pray? Because God is over all, in all, through all. All things are His and we are His.

And then we add Amen. Here is the joy, the rejoicing and the thanksgiving of our prayer.

When we had finished our experiment, both Tom and I felt that the Lord’s Prayer had given us complete answers to our questions about how to pray–answers that would continue to grow richer and deeper as we grew in spirit and understanding.

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I had, besides, the happy feeling that comes from trying to help someone, and in the process finding yourself helped and strengthened.

Tom went home that day determined to put into practice what he had learned about prayer. Later, he joined a church. Since then, he tells me, he has found a peace and a certainty that he never knew before.

“Discovering that there is a God,” he says, “was the door to my new life. But learning how to pray was the key that opened it.”

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