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Isn't it great to be able to hear Jesus pray to God?

I really love this prayer. Of the 26 verses, Jesus spends the first 5 verses praying for Himself and then the entire rest of His prayer is for others (disciples, other believers, the entire world). Praise for God is inherent in every verse. Contrast this with the structure of The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-15) where the first 2 verses are praise of God, the next 2 1/2 verses are prayers for self, and the final 1/2 verse is praise of God. Because we are so familiar with the
Lord's Prayer (since we pray it at virtually every worship service), is it possible that it has conditioned us to focus on self in our prayers moreso than praying for others? Don't get me wrong -- there
is no right or wrong way to pray. I believe God values all our conversations (prayers) with Him.

God Bless You All,

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