Lord’s prayer explained


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 PetitionsLord's Prayer

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!

  • Dyanirene

    Thank you, Brian, for this article.  I teach the adult ladies Sunday school class and this week’s lesson included The Lord’s Prayer.  I have used a bit of your teaching and insight as part of my lesson.  Thank you for being faithful to God’s call on your life.

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan Cole

      You are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I’m glad the article is of use to you.

  • Tp6976

    Bryan, I would like to share your explanation in depth of The Lord’s Prayer.  I wouild like to print it and hand out to my Adult SS class.  I cannot  copy and paste.  Do you have a way that I can receive it.

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan Cole

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! Since you will be doing this for a Bible study, I can provide this in a Microsoft Word format.

      This got me thinking about how I could provide my articles for people to use in a Study setting. Might be something I will do in the future!

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  • Bobcluff

    how can i print this information?

    thanks, and God bless


  • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan Cole

    Printing is now available for all of Certain Christian’s articles

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  • please help

    i’m not sure if i understand the part where it stated “but deliver us from evil” so don’t lead us to temptation BUT deliver us from evil.we will be delivered from evil. i’m sorry if i sound like mocking or anything i’m really confused i always pray our father i understand almost everything but the deliver us from evil is a bit confusing sorry..please help me

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan Cole


      Deliver us from evil is asking God for protection from the devil’s attacks and traps. We rely on God to protect us from the enemy (the devil).

      Hope this helps.

  • jew4jesus

    Hi Bryan! I stumbled on your site looking for the explanation of the Lord’s Prayer..Have a question! “Give us this day our daily bread”.. Could this mean that we need to be in God’s Word everyday? Jesus was the bread of life.

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan Cole

      Hey Jew4Jesus!

      That is a good observation about reading God’s Word. You are also right, Jesus in John 6:35 said He is the bread of life. Bread for people during Jesus’ time was seen as a basic necessity of life, it was a major part of their daily diet. “Give us this day our daily bread” covers every need we will have during that day from food, clothing, even Spiritual needs.

      Reading God’s Word daily is a believer’s Spiritual food. God speaks to a believer from it and we grow and learn from reading it. The Holy Spirit works with us as we take time to spend with Him and His Word. Just like bread, if a believer doesn’t read the Bible on a regular basis, just as if they did not eat regularly, they become Spiritually starved.

      God is concerned with all of a believer’s needs, but we need only ask for that day and not worry about tomorrow!

      Thanks for your comment!

  • sunshi7485

    Nice! I understand, thank you for explaining it in plain english.

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan

      You’re welcome! Thanks for your comment.

  • Erin277

    I would love to print this out so I can use it to explain it to my 8 year old. Is there a printable option of this? I can’t seem to select the text (hoping to print just text, not all the ads).

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan

      Hey Erin, I’m glad that my post will help you with your child! If you look just above this comment section on the right side it says “Printer Friendly” click that and it will give you options for printing. Hope this helps and thanks for your comment!

  • LollyG

    I love the Lord’s Prayer, but I have to agree with my Mother-in-law, God rest her soul, that there may have been a misinterpretation in the translation of the Lord’s Prayer. Seems like instead of “Lead us not into temptaion” it may have been “Leave us not in temptation”. I mean, why would God lead us into temptation. Isn’t that what Satan would do. God would guide us away from temptation not lead us to it.

    • http://www.certainchristian.com/ Bryan

      Thank you for your insight. God does not tempt anyone (James 1:13) but we can tempt ourselves by our own desires and Satan can tempt us as well. So in the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to not allow us to enter into a situation in which we will be tempted beyond what we could handle. We rely on God to be our compass and steer us clear of our own temptations and shortcomings.

      The second part of that is also key, deliver us from evil (or some versions say the evil one). We are asking God to lead us to righteousness and away from Satan’s traps.

      Christians are supposed to be led by God to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Good Shepherd in that He protects us and leads us throughout life. I believe your mother-in-law had the right idea because God is our deliverer as well, but I would consider the text correct as it is in the Bible.

      Hope this helps and thanks for your comment!