Resource on Prayer: And When You Pray: the Deeper Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer – Ray Pritchard

Some time ago I got a free copy of the book on the internet. I really enjoyed it. I am still searching for it but no luck so far, However, a Kindle Edition is available via Amazon for under $4. This is what is said on Amazon about the book:

“Ray Pritchard contends there are three central documents to the Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed tells us what we believe. The Ten Commandments tells us how to behave. The Lord’s Prayer tells us how to pray. The Lord’s Prayer, as taught to His disciples by Jesus, stands as the central prayer of the Christian faith. Unfortunately, most believers have committed the Lord’s Prayer to memory but have never examined it closely for themselves. It has either been taken for granted as a part of church liturgy or ignored completely. But the truth of the Lord’s Prayer is that everything we need to pray about is contained in those brief five verses in Matthew chapter 6”.

This is how it is written in the New King James Version in Matthew 6 under the heading “The Model Prayer”:

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the [b]hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [c]openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
[d]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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