The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him how they should pray. The Lord’s Prayer is a central part of Christian worship.
It is included in many church services and recited daily by Christians. The Prayer is found in the Bible, in the book of Matthew, and it provides guidance on how to pray to God.
How Should We Pray?
Jesus teaches us that we should not show off during prayer. Jesus spoke against those who showed off by praying loudly so that they could be seen and admired by others. Prayer is meant to be a private and respectful time between God and us.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. – Matthew 6:5
Furthermore, Jesus tells us that we must not spend our time using meaningless words and empty phrases when we pray.
When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. – Matthew 6:7-8
I know that I sometimes find myself thinking that my prayers have to be long to be meaningful. However, Jesus teaches us that when we pray, we are free to pray simply.
The Lord’s Prayer (King James Version)
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. – Matthew 6:9-13
The Lord’s Prayer (ESV Version)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. – Matthew 6:9-13
We Must Forgive If We Want Forgiveness
As you spend time praying, remember what Jesus says about forgiveness. If we want to receive forgiveness from our Father, we must forgive others. In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus says:
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting or that the other party did nothing wrong. It means letting go of the hold the incident has over you. I love how The NIV Bible website describes forgiveness.
“Forgiveness is a decision and a promise to release a person by canceling the real debt the person has with you. It’s returning to God the right to take care of justice.”
We forgive because God tells us to. It is an act of obedience. Allow God to carry the burden and take care of justice.
The Importance of Prayer
Prayer is a powerful tool that we can use to connect with God. We can share our burdens and receive His guidance and comfort through prayer.
I invite you to take some time today to pray for yourself, your loved ones, and the world. Let us all commit to praying for one another every day so we may come closer to God and build a community of love and support.