The Lord's Prayer / by kevin murray

The most famous prayer in the world, the most said prayer in the world, the most known prayer in the world, is recognized as the Lord's Prayer, from Matthew 9-13, which is as follows:

"…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, forever. Amen."

Luke 11: 2-4 has a slightly amended version of the Lord's Prayer, to which this above prayer was given by Jesus in answer to one of his disciples' request which was: "Lord, teach us to pray…"

 

Because of the importance of this prayer, which came from the mouth of Christ himself, one has an obligation to pay special attention to it and to know the true meaning and significance of this prayer, as opposed to being able to recite it from rote memory, but without the reflection and the sanctity that is due it.

 

The Lord's Prayer begins with "Our Father", and not "My Father", and that His name should be "hallowed".  The words "our Father" are extremely important, as important as any two words that you will come across in your entire life, because it is those words that make it clear that each of us, all of us, no matter where we are born, raised, or created, have the same Heavenly Father, therefore we are all brothers and sisters in God, as our Father is exactly the same.  Additionally, our Lord should be respected, with great reverence and love, and not to be trivialized.

 

"Thy Kingdom come" recognizes that the kingdom that is currently on earth is not of a heavenly origin, that therefore we suffer from the lack and the limitations of physical life and physical hurt that can only be healed by God's true kingdom of perfect love, truth and justice.  Further, the request that "Thy will be done" is a recognition that our free will here on earth, often leads us into errors of judgment and of form, and that thereby this can only be corrected by being in perfect tune with his Divine will.

 

"Give us this day our daily bread," does not literally mean just food for the body, but also encompasses the necessary food for the soul, for guidance, for abundance, for health, and for our own well being, to which we ultimately owe all of our good fortune to God.

 

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" is of critical importance to understand, as the forgiveness that you receive is equal to the forgiveness that you give others.   For those that live lives of much criticism and hate, their forgiveness by their Father will be slight, even if their life is otherwise exemplary, whereas those that may have great sins and great faults, but are forgiving of their fellow brothers and their respective frailties, along with lending others a helping hand, will find that their debts forgiven will be substantial.

 

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," is the petitioner's request to stay on the straight and narrow path, and not to wander off onto the byways that will entice and ensnare us.  It is another way of saying that when our flesh and our mind are weak, help us to straighten our spine and our thoughts, and if we should fall away from God's love and divine protection, do not forsake us, but save us from our own self-destruction and error.

 

"For thine is the kingdom," for this great saying we can bring in two other great religions, to which a Muslim prays that "there is no God but God," and the Jew prays "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the

Lord is one," to which all recognize that there is only one God, one kingdom, one power, and one everlasting glory, and that kingdom will never be vanquished, to which it has no beginning and will have no end, and that to Him we pay homage by our right actions, right thinking, and right deeds.