Prayers/Lord's Prayer, The

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Intro and Background

The Lord's Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught to his disciples in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

See Detailed notes at Teachings/Prayer/Lord's Prayer, The (along with recommended devotional exercises based off the outline of the Lord's Prayer)

In the Gospels

The following translations below come from the New Internation Version.

Matthew 6:9-13 Luke 11:2-4

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.

Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.


Our Father (Traditional)

The Lord's Prayer is often used in Church Liturgy. The traditional translation is:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

See Liturgy/Lord's Prayer, The for more details.

Paraphrase

Dallas Willard’s Paraphrase of The Lord’s Prayer, from The Divine Conspiracy[1]

Dear Father always near us,[2]
may your name be treasured and loved,
may your rule be completed in us—
may your will be done here on earth in
just the way it is done in heaven.
Give us today the things we need today,
and forgive us our sins and impositions on you
as we are forgiving all who in any way offend us.
Please don’t put us through trials,[3]
but deliver us from everything bad.
Because you are the one is charge,
and you have all the power,
and the glory too is all yours—forever—
which is just the way we want it!
Optional: Whoopee!!

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References

  1. Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, 1st ed. (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998), 269.
  2. Dallas Willard explains that for the biblical writers, heaven is close. The “first heavens” is a term used to describe the earth’s atmosphere. So when Jesus describes the invisible realm that God inhabits, he lets us know it’s not only “out there,” but also as near as the atmosphere surrounding our bodies. The Universe in 57 Words (Page 20).
  3. Dallas Willard explains that temptations is not a precise translation. It is referring to trials.