The Lord’s Prayer has been said and repeated so many times that the significance is easily lost. This short prayer has a depth of meaning that explains both the primary purpose and the complexity of prayer. Many times the Bible says that prayer makes a difference. Jesus said that “if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14) and according to James, “the prayer of a good person has a powerful effect” (James 5:16). If these verses are true, why do prayers often seem to go unanswered? Does the Lord’s Prayer really address these questions?