The Lord's Prayer Meaning

The Lord's Prayer Meaning

The Lord's Prayer is recorded in two instances of the gospels of Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Jesus taught his disciples to pray in Galilee with the Sermon on the Mount and later again, quite likely in Judea.

A simple translation of the meaning of The Lord's Prayer is as follows:

Our Father, which art in heaven...

This verse is an acknowledgment from believers that they are the children of God and the reference of "Our Father" is distinctly addressed as one who resides in a heavenly state, separately from our human fathers on earth.

Hallowed be thy Name.

A name that inspires awe and devotion, God's name is holy. The petitioner does not trivialize the Lord's name or as a tool for their purposes.

Thy Kingdom come.

Traditionally seen as a divine gift to be prayed for, this verse seeks the perfect establishment of God's rule in the future resulting in the destiny of humankind.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.

The request that "thy will be done" is God's invitation to "join him in making things down here the way they are in Heaven".

Give us this day our daily bread.

It symbolizes the necessities of life, and every good thing acceptable for livelihood and sustenance.

And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us.

Simply described, a request for the forgiveness of our sins and of those who we forgive for their sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

A request to safeguard us from temptation which can translate as a trial, test, experiment, or literally temptation. While each person is tempted and lured by his own desires, it is also referring to not becoming caught up in material pleasures.

But deliver us from evil.

A request for God's safety from general evil, of all types.

For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever.

Our highest reverence and respect for He is God, awesome and above all things, always.

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The Lord's Prayer

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 trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.
 

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