The Lord’s prayer. It’s the prayer Jesus told the disciples to use when they asked Him how to pray. A question some people have is: should I pray the Lord’s prayer verbatim? The answer is: you can pray the Lord’s prayer word for word but if you know what the Lord’s prayer is asking for, then you can word your own prayer to God following the guidelines Jesus laid out for us to use.
The Lord’s Prayer – Seven Petitions
1. Our Father, Who are in heaven – You are acknowledging the closeness of your relationship to God through Jesus Christ. You’re recognizing God’s status, He is in heaven and you are here on earth.
2. Hallowed be thy name – Giving praise and worship to God. You should start your own Lord’s Prayer by giving praise to God. We are made to give Him glory and worship Him. You also acknowledge that God is holy and deserving of your praise and worship.
3. Thy Kingdom Come – You’re asking God to bring His kingdom to earth. This petition is asking for God to bring His kingdom down to you on a personal level, a local level, and a global level.
Personal: You’re inviting God to rule over your heart and life. So that His laws may be placed in your heart so that you may not sin against Him.
Local: You’re asking God to bring in His lost sheep. There are people who don’t know Jesus Christ in your city and maybe in your neighborhood, by saying this part of the Lord’s prayer, your petitioning God to help bring them into the light and out of the darkness.
Global: You’re asking God for Him to help bring His lost sheep in on a global scale. You are asking God for Jesus’ second coming and for Jesus to rule here on earth and bring His peace.
4. Thy will be done – You’re submitting to God’s will to be over your life and for His will to be done around the world.
5. Give us this day, our daily bread – This is a petition for God to provide all your needs for the day. Spiritual needs, food, clothing, whatever you may need during the day.
6. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors – This is where we ask for forgiveness for the sins we commit.
7. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one – You’re asking God to not allow you to enter a situation that would be too much for you to handle without providing a way to get out of it. You’re also asking God for protection against the devil’s attacks and traps that he may lay for you.
What else should I know about the Lord’s Prayer?
I already explained that you can say the Lord’s prayer verbatim or you can use what you learned about the seven petitions and make your own Lord’s prayer. There are some other points that are important to know as well
Below is the Lord’s Prayer and I will go through some points I think are important for us to know.
This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today 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 the evil one.
“Our Father” – Ever wonder how you never end the Lord’s prayer with the phrase “in Jesus name, amen”? It’s because we are in prayer with Jesus while we are praying this. He is praying with us. “Our” means you and Jesus are praying for your needs to the Father.
“Give us this day” – We do not earn God’s provisions. We are praying the Lord’s prayer to ask God to give us what we need, not because we earned it but because He loves us. Just as a father loves his child here on earth and wants to provide for them, so does our Father in heaven want to provide for our needs.
“Daily Bread” - the Lord’s prayer should be prayed everyday. People are made to communicate with God and Jesus set an example for us to follow; He was always in constant communication with the Father.
“as we also have forgiven our debtors” – The Lord’s prayer realizes that we need to forgive others in order for God to forgive us. In Matthew 6:14-15 we see this:
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
“Lead us not into temptation” – Jesus is the good shepard, we are His sheep. He leads us to safety, cares for, and protects us.
John 10:14-15 – I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Applying the Lord’s Prayer to everyday life
When I first started praying the Lord’s prayer, I remember having a hard time to remember it. I then wrote my own personal prayer to God. After a little bit I came back to saying the Lord’s prayer verbatim because I felt, for me, it covered what I wanted to ask God for my day. I still pray throughout the day about different things, but a practice I feel that has helped me in my walk with Christ is every morning before I get out of bed I always say the Lord’s prayer and thank God for the day. To me, it’s one more day I am alive and breathing, it’s one more day I can enjoy my life and give Him glory in my own small ways.
I hope that this review of the Lord’s prayer has helped you understand how much God wants to be in our lives. Jesus was giving us a way to ask for all our needs to be met by saying the Lord’s prayer. We must trust and have faith in Him to provide for us and help us with our day.
Please comment and share! If you have created your own Lord’s prayer, I would love to see it!