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Series: An Inquiry on Prayer
Lets begin today by praying together, and I want you to pray with me a prayer that most of us are very familiar with. Even if you are new to church you have probably heard this prayer, so if you know if please pray along with me, if you don't know it I am going to ask you read it along with me to at least familiarize yourself with it.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy Kingdom Come, They Will be Done. On Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and Glory forever. Amen.
Over the next few weeks we are going to be talking about prayer, with the hope that it will lead us as a congregation to deeper and richer prayer life, but also to hopefully answer questions about prayer that everyone has. Because prayer is kind of an odd thing. I mean if you were totally new to the church, from a secular perspective prayer is one of the stranger things that we do. I mean if you came to church singing kind of makes sense, all people like music and like to sing songs, even a sermon, people are used to listening to lectures or speeches, but prayer. I mean you are talking and hoping that God is listening, as he is listening to prayers of everyone in the world. And most of those prayers aren't even out loud. So we are just like thinking and hoping that God is hearing. But as strange as prayer may seem we all are doing it.
Polls suggest that more than 90% of Americans pray at least occasionally. And prayer isn't just a monotheistic reality. Buddhists pray, Hindus pray, tribal religious groups pray, even Atheists pray. One recent study found that nearly 30 percent of atheists admitted they prayed ''sometimes,'' and 17 percent pray regularly. Interestingly the f ...
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