THE LORD’S PRAYER

What is traditionally called “The Lord’s Prayer” is found in Matthew and Luke. In Luke, it mentions that the disciples asked him to teach them to pray. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of the disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”(Luke 11:1)

Jesus always began his prayers with Our Father or Father. He designates that Our Father is in heaven. The word Hallowed is the same word as the word used for sanctified often in the New Testament. Jesus points out that Our Father’s will is done in heaven and asks that it be done here on earth also. He tells us to ask for our daily food and then says to ask forgiveness for our sins noting that we will be forgiven in the same manner as we forgive. Another important item that he says we should ask for is to be lead away from temptation and evil.

Jesus then proceeded, as is written in Matthew: “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, forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

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