The Lord’s Prayer

This prayer is perhaps the most commonly know prayer from The Bible.

It is found in the books of Matthew and Luke.

Here is the text taken from Matthew.

The Lord’s Prayer

(King James Version)

Matt 6:9-13
9   After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

(New King James Version)

Matt 6:9-13
9   “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. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

Why This Prayer?

This prayer was the response of Jesus when his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray.

It has been repeated many times and some feel it’s lost it’s meaning in the repetition.  I wouldn’t argue that point.  It may have.  I don’t necessarily feel that Jesus gave it as a prayer to be recited – I don’t see prayer that way.  I also don’t think Jesus spent his time alone with God in the mountains reciting this prayer.

Can we learn from it?  Yes!  Can we recite it?  Yes!  I don’t think it will hurt us either way.  Regardless of how we view or use The Lord’s Prayer the thing that will benefit us most is our own relationship with God.

We all have to start somewhere and this prayer isn’t a bad place to begin.

Spiritual Principles in The Lord’s Prayer

The principles of trust in God, putting God first, forgiveness and love toward our fellowman are in this prayer.  Get those right and . . .  well let’s just get those right!

This portion of scripture indicates what Jesus considered important to the believer.  Anyone uttering these words before God – and meaning them – would have a deep sense of trust in God.  A trust that God’s will is best, that He can and will deliver, that He has the power to lead a person in right paths and provide for us.

These words also indicate an understanding of how we are to treat each other.  Forgiveness is the key to this one.  There’s a lot that could be written about forgiveness but for now I’ll just say that forgiveness was the point of Jesus’ life and we do well to live from that perspective as well.  When we come from a place of forgiveness we quickly forgive others and find ourselves forgiven as well.

Putting God first is the principle found in the words “Thy will be done…”  Jesus uttered these words in the garden before his crucifixion.  God’s will first was his life!  The believer understands that this doesn’t mean we lose anything.  Sometimes it’s easy to feel that God’s will being first means that we may never get to do the things we desire.  This is a common confusion in Christianity – and it stems from the teachings of what is God’s will  and what isn’t.  I’ll just say here that you lose nothing and gain everything when God comes first.  If you’re experience is otherwise then there is something amiss with your understanding of God’s will.

Communicating With God

While I can explain these verses for pages and pages, I’ll tell you a better way!  Get in touch with God yourself and let God instill their meaning in your heart!

How do you do that?  Communicating with God and hearing God’s voice is the subject of this site.  There is plenty of information here to help you in your journey.

I would start by learning to be still.  Just reading over The Lord’s Prayer slowly and prayerfully can help with this.  You may wish to look at some other ways of becoming still as well .

Consider signing up for my free course if deeper communication with God is what you seek.

Whatever direction you decide to take, I hope you find your way and enjoy the process!