Bible Terms

Bible Term: Lord’s Prayer

Jesusdisciples saw that prayer was an important part of his life and work. They realized he prayed in a new and fresh way, not the stale and ritualistic way they had been taught.

Though the prayer that Jesus taught to them is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer (or the “Our Father“), a more accurate label would be “the disciple’s prayer,” since is was a prayer for the disciples, not Jesus, to pray. Some people recite the prayer as it is recorded in the Bible, whereas others use it as a template for prayer or illustrative example.

The prayer is simple and succinct; it is:

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. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen]

The Lord’s Prayer is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13; an alternate version is in Luke 11:2-4.

By Peter DeHaan

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