Understanding the Lord’s Prayer

He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. ‘Give us each day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us]. And lead us not into temptation [but rescue us from evil].’” Luke 11:2-4 AMP

The Lord’s prayer illustrates the variety of requests that one can and should make to God, as well as displaying the humble attitude that should accompany prayer. The use of the plural pronoun us throughout the prayer shows that it is not just the prayer of one person for his or her own personal needs, but a community prayer.

Your Kingdom come: The references here is to God’s program and promise. This is more affirmation that request, highlighting the petitioner’s submission to God’s will and the desire to see God’s work come to pass.

For we ourselves also forgive: The petitioner recognizes that if mercy is to be sought from God, then mercy must be shown to others. We need to adopt the same standard that we expect others to follow.

Lead us not into temptation: This remark is often misunderstood as suggesting that perhaps God can lead us into sin. The point is that if one is to avoid sin, one must follow where God leads. In short, the petitioner asks God for the spiritual protection necessary to avoid falling into sin.

Which part of the Lord’s prayer resonates most with you?

 

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  • Lou says:

    This prayer Has gotten me through some seemingly personal spiritual droughts .

    My favorite: for thine is the kingdom, the power and glory…..

  • Steve Mylon Pheko says:

    It is critical as we travel the path of faith to avoid temptation and very key to seek His guidance on the path of righteousness. This to me is a passport to His Kingdom

  • Beth L Lamont says:

    Our Father…. Means so much to me. He’s our Father, he’s our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer, Lord of Lord, Master, etc. That we can call him Father and that he loves us as his children, is what touches my heart about this prayer.

  • dorothy sullivan says:

    i praise GOD father son and holy spirit he is the lord and creater of the world.

  • Rando says:

    Amen! “The Lord’s Prayer” is not really the Lord’s prayer but is an example of how we should pray, just as He said it was an example for His disciples (Lk.11:1). To read the real Lord’s prayer look at John 17 where He prays for Himself, His disciples, and all believers.

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