1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." 2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say: our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (NKJ)
NIV & NASB based on older manuscripts - leave out certain phrases.
KJV & NKJ based on more recent manuscripts - put in certain phrases.
The Lord's Prayer
So simple a child can pray it.
Yet so complete that it can lead a mature Christian into the deepest possible walk with the Lord.
Jesus says Pray for These Things. If you fervently pray like this, you will experience the Deeper Life with Christ.
When you pray, say: our Father in heaven,
What Jesus is teaching here is pretty revolutionary. The word that Jesus used for Father was not a formal word. It was the common Aramaic word with which a child would address his father - the word "Abba". Of course everyone used the word, but no one under any circumstances used it in connection with God. "Abba" meant something like "Daddy" but with a more reverent touch than we use it today. It meant something like, "Dearest Father." When Jesus came on the scene he addressed God only as "Father." All of his prayers addressed God as "Father." The Gospels record his use of "Father" more than sixty times in reference to God, yet in all of the Old Testament God is referred to as "Father" only fourteen times and then only in relation to the nation of Israel, never as an individual or personal Father. No one in the entire history of Israel had ever prayed like Jesus. Jesus transformed the relationship with God from one of a distant and unapproachable deity to that of a intimate relationship of a Father.
Paul tells us in Galatians 4:6, "And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (NKJV) Wrapped up in the expression "our father" is a new dimension in intimate communion with God, the same intimacy that exists between a child and their father is to exist between them and God.
hallowed be Your name.
Praying On the Basis of Respect - "Hallowed be your Name"
When you pray "hallowed be your name," you climb to a new level of respect for God and reverence for his person. You are ascending to the very heart of God to recognize who He is and what He has done for us. When you pray "hallowed be thy name," you are placing God on the throne of your heart.
Your kingdom come.
You are praying for God to reign as King in everything. To Reign as King in your life. To reign as King in your family. To reign as King in others.
If God is our King, we must obey Him.
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
This is a prayer of submission, asking that God's will be done in all things.
We can ask for a certain outcome, but we must always desire God's will over our own.
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."
C.S. Lewis once confessed that he was grateful God hadn't given him everything he wanted: "I don't know where I'd be if I'd gotten all I asked for!"
Give us day by day our daily bread.
Daily prayer for daily needs
And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
We need forgiveness. This prayer reminds us that to receive forgiveness, we must give forgiveness.
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Many, many Christians are battling temptations, but they never ask the Lord to deliver them.
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
One other thing Jesus says we should prayer for
11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
We should always be asking for the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
God's promise to those who pray.
9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
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