What is the Lord’s Prayer?
In Matthew 6:9-13 and in Luke 11:2-4, we read of Jesus teaching his disciples how they should pray. This popular Scripture is known as The Lord’s Prayer, and some know it by Our Father Prayer. Below you can read through and learn the Lord’s Prayer as it was the example Jesus used when asked how we should pray.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer in Print
The Lord’s Prayer Video
The Lord’s Prayer in Bible Scriptures
Matthew 6:9-13 – “This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Luke 11:2-4 – “He said to them, “When you pray, say: ” ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ “
6 Steps of Prayer taught in the Lord’s Prayer
- Address God’s deserved place as the Father
- Venerate and praise God for who He is and all that He has done
- Recognize that it is God’s will and plans are in control and not our own
- Ask God for the things that we need
- Confess our sins and repent
- Request protection and help in overcoming sin and Satan’s attacks on us
What does The Lord’s Prayer Mean?
Our Father, who art in Heaven
Jesus prepares and teaches His disciples that God is our Father in Heaven. The Apostle Paul reiterates this by encouraging the believer to address God as “Abba” (Aramaic for “Daddy”- the kind of intimate word that a child would use to his or her father) ” And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.”” (Rom 8:15, NIV)
Hallowed be thy name
The first of seven requests in this prayer. “Hallowed” means holy. As we pray this line we are reminding ourselves that God is separate from us, completely pure and faultless. Here we become mindful of our own imperfection as we revere and worship the living God.
Thy kingdom come
God’s kingdom is to do with His ways and order. So here we are asking that God’s ways happen here, as they are fully obeyed in Heaven.
Thy will be done
The third request in this prayer is that God’s will occurs. Here we are aligning our will with God’s will, we are submitting ourselves to Him, and asking that His way triumphs.
Give us this day our daily bread
We need God in all areas of our life (physical, spiritual and mental), and this is a daily need. We need to come back to God regularly, each day- indeed, many times each day and many ways, for we can quickly become independent and self-seeking. Jesus reiterates this daily dependency when he exhorts us to not “worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Math 6:34, NIV)
And forgive us our trespasses
Different versions of this prayer use different words here – sometimes “trespasses”, “debts” or “sins”. Here we bring to mind the ways in which we have failed God and others, and ask the Lord for His forgiveness.
As we forgive those who trespass against us
As we receive God’s forgiveness, we bring to mind anyone who we feel may have wronged us, and pardon them.
And lead us not into temptation
The sixth request in the Lord’s prayer is not to be in a place where temptation might overwhelm us. It is not wrong to be tempted or tested (Jesus was!). It is wrong to give in to this temptation.
But deliver us from evil
The final request is for protection by our Father in heaven. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, he declared ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'(Math 4:4 NIV). In times of trial, Jesus recognises the Lord as His source of deliverance. Likewise we are to depend on God when evil is at our door.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.
The prayer finishes with a closing doxology, that is, a hymn of praise to God. Not all versions of the Lord’s prayer include this as many biblical scholars believe that this was added at a later date.