Our Father who is in heaven,
Your name is holy. Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on the earth, as it is done in heaven.
Give us all we need each day.
And forgive us our sins, as we are to forgive those who do us wrong..
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one:
For Your’s is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Several months ago, I wrote a post about The Lord’s Prayer: a simple, familiar prayer given to us by Jesus. I called it the perfect example of how we should pray. Today, I’m reposting this entry and using a more modern version I heard on an online podcast. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the speaker, so I can’t give proper credit.
The Lord’s Prayer has all the components of an ideal prayer.
When we pray these words we acknowledge God’s holiness; “Your name is holy.” We also yield to His authority and wisdom; “Your will be done on this earth, as it is done in heaven.”
We ask Him to “give us all we need each day.” This covers not just our food, but our shelter, clothing; whatever we need to live day by day.
We ask His forgiveness, and show forgiveness to others: “And forgive us our sins, as we are to forgive those who do us wrong.” This petition is important; we are to forgive others as God forgives us-completely. “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(Matt. 6:14-15)
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” We ask Him to keep us safe and help us to follow in the right path, using His strength and protection to defeat Satan.
Last, but not least, we praise His “power and glory” declaring it everlasting.
Sometimes we need to ground ourselves spiritually, putting worldly things aside, and focusing only on God. Praying The Lord’s Prayer thoughtfully and reverently once in a while will help us do that.
Think about this. Are your prayers filled with praise or frustration? Are you seeking spiritual or material gains? Take a moment and quietly pray this sincere prayer. I’ll bet you feel closer to God…I know I do.
Until next time, God Bless You.