Praying the Lord’s Prayer
“After this manner therefore pray ye: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. “Matt.6:9-13 KJV
Jesus gave this prayer to his disciples in response to their request to teach them to pray. In Christian circles, this is the first prayer children are taught to memorize at home, church or school. I love this prayer, especially when recited from the King James version of the Bible. It seems extra special when said in King James’ English.
Sometimes, instead of just repeating this prayer, I would extract the concepts outlined in the prayer and expand on them a little.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Our heavenly Father, who dwells in immortality and who lives in unity with the Spirit and the Son as the one and only true God; we ascribe glory, praise, and honour to you. Your knowledge, wisdom, power and greatness excels by far anything that man is capable of demonstrating. You ably displayed your majesty, sovereignty and absolute authority over all creation by laying the foundation of this vast universe. You also sustain all life by your awesome power, and your creatures are forever in your loving care. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to grant us eternal life with him in glory. Blessed are you the God and architect of our salvation.
Thy Kingdom Come
May the reign of Jesus Christ come to people of every race, religion, nation, ethnicity. Let the gospel of Jesus spread until all peoples have heard about your saving grace.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Your will is that no one is lost but that all receive life everlasting. Save men and women, boys and girls in every part of the world. Let your purposes stand even in this evil world. Do not let the wicked triumph over the good. As you direct the affairs of heaven, intervene in the affairs of man that what you want will be accomplished for your glory and for the ultimate good of all people.
Give us this day our daily bread
Thank you for a new day and new mercies. Grant us a deeper understanding of your word. Refill us this day with your Holy Spirit that we bear much fruit; that we can be lights and salt to this world in which we live. Provide food, clothing, and shelter for us, our families, the church, the homeless, needy and the disadvantaged. Take care of our persecuted brothers and sisters; give them the strength and grace to be faithful until the end of life’s journey. Guide and equip pastors, elders and other church leaders in their efforts to prepare your saints to do your work.
Reward those who serve faithfully in their capacity as leaders among your people
And, forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
Lord, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, please forgive us and restore us. Give us a heart that is like yours, that is always willing to forgive those who offend us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. He underwent temptation as we do, but unlike us he never sinned. He understands our plight as human, so we ask for more grace in this time of need. Give us the power to resist temptation; sin has no right to dominate our lives since we are under the grace of God and not under the law. Place on us the full armour of God that we will be able to withstand the assault of the evil one. Open our eyes to the devil’s lies and deception as he tailors them to our unlawful desires to lure us away from our loyal devotion for you.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.
Lord, we praise your name always; cause all nations to come and bow before you. You deserve glory, honour and majesty because of your greatness, power and love for us. You have been gracious and merciful to us; you took away our sins by the death of your only Son Jesus. Praise the name of our God who lives forever.
This is just one example of how the Lord’s Prayer can be prayed in expanded form. You may want to vary the approach and just expand on two or three of the concepts at any given time. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you may develop your unique way of handling this prayer. Whatever you do, hold this prayer, dear. This prayer may be the only one you currently know. Nevertheless, use it consistently and regularly as your way of communicating your heartfelt gratitude, praise, and earnest requests to your heavenly Father.