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The importance of prayer

From the November 1986 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What could be more fundamental to the life of a Christian than prayer? Yet I've often found myself challenged by the question: "Just how do we pray?" Since childhood I've been familiar with the Lord's Prayer given in Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and the spiritual sense and effectiveness of this prayer have blessed my life over and over again. Yet the Gospels also report that Jesus often spent much time in prayer, even all night, and the Gospel of John illustrates that his prayers were certainly not limited to repetition of the words of the Lord's Prayer.