After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
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.
(From the KJV (longer) form in Matthew Ch 6).
While we have no record available today of Jesus Christ ever writing anything down on paper we do have eye-witness accounts in the Gospels of things Jesus said and taught, such as the above passages in Matthew 6, vs 9-13.
Both Matthew and Luke report Jesus’ instruction concerning prayer, however Luke’s version contains less than does Matthew’s.
In revising The Lord’s Prayer I have attempted to be true to the original English language translation from the Greek in which these chapters were recorded after Jesus’ death on the cross. The minor modifications are, i believe, true to the spirit and intent of Christ as He would have intended for us to pray but written in a form that may more easily be adopted and accepted by many who live today.
Heavenly Father of us all, your name alone be worthy of all praise.¹
Your Kingdom is come, Your will be done, on this earth as it is in Heaven.
Send to us this day such as is sufficient for which we have need²
And forgive all our transgressions, as we should also forgive those of others done to us.
And turn us away from all temptations³, also help keep us from all that is evil in your sight.
For Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power and all Glory,
For ever and ever.
- I have changed Óur Father (meaning God of course, Father of all creation) to Heavenly Father as, sadly for many people, their relationship with their human father can be a less than pleasant one and it may be very hard for them to associate the word with a kind and benevolent image upon whom we are to rely upon in all circumstances in which we find ourselves. Also a few people today may not have a full understanding of what the word ‘hallowed’ means.
- Similarly, few people today may fully appreciate the inherent value of ‘bread’ as it applies in the Bible and in early Christian times. Christ wanted us to pray to God above for the bread of life we have need of in each day – no more and no less. As is mentioned in Matthew, God knows in advance of our asking that which we have need of each and every day.
- It is easily shown by those who study such things that our human brain can have a bit of difficulty dealing with the one word: ‘not’. We can be inclined to dismiss that particular part of a sentence and focus on what it is we are not supposed to be focussing on, which defeats the original purpose. For example if i say to you “Do NOT think of a Purple Squirrel.” most people spend the next few seconds trying to picture a purple squirrel in their minds and asking themselves things like – why Purple?; What’s so special about such a squirrel that i’m not to think about it?; What will happen if i do think about a purple squirrel ? and similar things. We do the opposite to what we were told. Hence if we ask: “lead us not into temptation” our minds can sometimes hold on only to ‘lead us into temptation’ and away we go.
Being human, and therefore fallible, i make no claim to perfection in anything i write, and any errors i might make may be pointed out here and will be received with thanks and gratitude, but if you find this to be of value in your life right now please feel free to remember and use it.
God grant you success.