Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Prayer - Part 3 - The Lord's Prayer

Tonight I'll be posting on the Lord's Prayer. I will be using the New King James Version for this post, since the wording is more traditional. The Scripture reading is Luke 11:1-4:

1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, thatone 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.”

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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:

The disciples saw how fervently Jesus prayed, and they wanted to pray that way too, so they asked Jesus to teach them.

Our Father in heaven,

The Father was not just Jesus' Father, but our Father as well and Heaven is where He lives.

Hallowed be Your name.

"Hallowed" is another word for "holy." The Father's name is holy - we should treat it with reverence and awe.

Your kingdom come.

We look forward to the day when God's kingdom comes on earth to reign forever.

Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Whatever the Father wishes to happen in heaven is done. We pray that whatever the Father wishes to happen on earth is done.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

We pray that the Father gives us the sustenance we need for the day, not only the food that enters our mouths, but spiritual food as well.

4 And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

Unless we forgive those who sin against us, God will not forgive us our sins.

And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”

We are asking the Lord not to put us in situations that would cause us to sin. We ask to be delivered from Satan's power and all the evil things he causes to happen.

Some translations add the following:

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

With this line, we acknowledge that the kingdom of heaven belongs to God alone, and he will reign there eternally in power and glory. "Amen" means "so be it."

Thanks for reading! I look forward to reading your comments. Have a blessed day!

Diane