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Relearning the Lord's Prayer Luke 11:1-13

Relearning the Lord's Prayer

Not everyone is "good" at prayer, but the Lord's Prayer is a place to start.

At a Glance

Surveys show that children who know the Lord's Prayer today are only half the number of those who knew it 40 years ago. Is this important? If so, why? What is it about the Lord's Prayer that is so powerful?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Angst of Being French," July 25, 2010, at

"Children are now half as likely to know the text of the Lord's Prayer than they were 40 years ago."

That's the lead of an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, published in March 2012. It was reporting the findings of a survey of 1,000 children ages 6-12 and 1,000 adults who were in that age group 40 years ago. It found that 92 percent of the adults said they knew the Lord's Prayer as a child, while only 55 percent of today's children knew it.

While the survey about the Lord's Prayer was conducted in Britain, we suspect that a similar poll in this country would yield similar results, for secularization is a feature of our society...

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