66 words that say it all

If someone asked you to sum up God's answer to all the world's problems in seven short sentences, could you? I've often felt amazed at how the beloved prayer of Jesus, known as the Lord's Prayer, says so much so succinctly. Despite its brevity, nothing necessary for communion with our Creator and for the invocation of divine power in our lives appears to have gone missing.

No matter how many times you go over it, the Lord's Prayer has the unending ability to remake itself, conforming to the needs of the day, responding to the urgencies of the moment. There's something in it for everyone at any point in time. Small wonder it's a common element in most any Christian church service, regardless of the particular denomination. In the words of Anthony C. Deane, a former canon of Worcester Cathedral in England: "No other form of words has a hold upon mankind like the few brief sentences of the Lord's Prayer. Not a day has passed without their use since that far time when Jesus taught them to His disciples."

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