Today: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
 
 

  

The Lord's Prayer  

Our Father in heaven An amazing fusion of intimacy and mystery. God is the Father; we are his children, and can enjoy a close and loving relationship with him. But he’s also in heaven; this reminds us of the holiness and power of God, which are beyond our understanding, but which Christians will see for themselves one day.

Hallowed be your name The name of God is to be honoured, so we must worship him and give him his rightful place (first!) in our lives. This means honouring God in all we do and say. His name is precious, and to be kept holy, so we should never misuse it.

Your kingdom come God is king of all; everything belongs to him, and there is no authority above his. We ask for the riches of heaven as blessings here on earth, and for God to be in control of our lives. And we’re looking forward to the time when Jesus comes again, and establishes his kingdom.

Your will be done, on earth as in heaven We acknowledge that God made a perfect creation, which we have spoilt through our actions and our sin, and that only God’s will can be good for us. We long for the perfection of heaven right here on earth.

Give us today our daily bread God is the creator (the source of all good things) and the Father (the giver of good things). We should pray daily; for our needs, not our selfish wants (for 'bread, not cake'). We affirm our willingness to look to God for what we need, without trying to be in control ourselves. We believe that he will supply in our time of need.

Forgive us our sins We admit that we constantly sin, and that this distances from us God. We say sorry, because we want to do better, and to grow closer. We acknowledge that only God can forgive sin, and we say ‘thank you’ for the cross.

As we forgive those who sin against us We are called to love one another, so we shouldn’t bear grudges. If God, being perfect, can forgive our sins, who are we to be unable to forgive one another? In forgiving one another we are a reflection of God’s love and grace.

Lead us not into temptation We turn to the Bible and to devotional time with God to teach us how to live as Christians, that we might not succumb to what isn’t right, and we ask for God’s guidance in this.

But deliver us from evil We acknowledge that sin is the source of all evil, and we pray for God’s protection from it.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Closing words of praise and worship: we acknowledge that only God is God, that only he is all-powerful, only he is full of glory. Everything in heaven and on earth belongs to him. He is the creator; the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end.

Amen.


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Read our other article (if you haven't already done so) on how, when and why the Lord's Prayer was first given.

 

 


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