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The Lord's prayer: What It Means

Updated on January 3, 2012

Prayer and Praying

Analyzing the Lord's Prayer

5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11Give us this day our daily bread.

12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

If you look at this passage, please note that Jesus gave us a simple prayer that makes sense. It is a guidance to how to talk to the Father. It was never written to be repeated over and over as a substitute for prayer. However, I have found times in my life that these are the only words I was capable of saying as I came before His throne of Grace.

Please note, this prayer starts by addressing God as our Father. He is literally our Daddy so to speak. He wants to be as close to you as a father can be. He loves us so much and considers us as His children. Through Christ's blood, we are adopted and loved.

The next part of the prayer is praise. When we start our prayers, we should praise Him for all things as Creator and as a God who lives. Giving God praise isn't just for Him. It brings our spirits up and puts us in a positive state of mind.

Then Jesus acknowledges that His Kingdom is coming. This is important as a believer as a reminder. We don't know the time or when it will happen but we do know it's coming and we should look forward to meeting Jesus in the sky.

Next, our Saviour teaches us to ask for God's will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In Heaven, God rules and knows what's best. Praying for His will here on earth is asking that He lead us and guide us.

Next, Christ asks for "Our Daily Bread". He is asking for our needs to be met but there is more to it than that. I think He is also asking God that we read the Word. That we engage in cleansing our soul through Him. After all, He did call himself the Bread of Life.

Next Jesus tells us to ask forgiveness for our sins and tells us to forgive others. This is a great part of this prayer. He is telling us we need to ask for forgiveness every time we pray, not just once when we receive Him. Not just before we go to bed, but EVERY TIME we pray.

We find ourselves almost at the end of this awesome prayer. We need to ask God to keep us away from temptation so that we are not even tempted to sin. Have you ever asked GOD to keep you away from even the temptation? If it's not in front of us to sin, then in all likelihood we won't even think about it.

"Deliver us from evil." Stop right there. This is really the most important part as far as I am concerned. What is evil? defines it as an idiom: the evil one, the devil; Satan.

"Deliver us from evil." literally means to me to deliver us from anything to do with Satan. Any work of Satan is evil. Sin is evil. Sickness can be caused by Satan. Being attacked by Him is evil. So we are asking to be delivered from Satan.

Finally this prayer ends with praising God again. Praise is so important in a Christian's life but that should be a subject of another hub. I think by looking at this guideline it gives us a great idea of what Jesus would want us to do during prayer.


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      mabelhenry 4 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Great hub! It points to and re-directs to Jesus' counsel and instruction for prayer. Pivotal and primary focus being who we are talking to, Our Father which art in heaven, whose name is holy! What a privilege we have been given to have audience with God and to call Him Father and that our conversation transcends time into eternity where He lives. Prayer is a call we make daily, to the glory we are called into. Awesome.

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      Oscar Jones 4 years ago from Alabama

      hey.. thanks for posting on my forum. I read this gratefully after today.. you don;t know how many times I have prayed this prayer. and prayed the 23 rd psalms along with it..

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      Smokes Angel 5 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thank you for the compliment

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      bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Hi Angel! Although the "Lord's Prayer" as we call it is very simple and to the point as an example for us to follow when we pray, to attempt to interpret it is wonderful. You are young and I think you did very good. As your relationship grows with God, he will reveal more. I am very proud if the beautiful explanation you have written. Keep writing....

      Be Blessed

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      Smokes Angel 5 years ago from Broke Alabama

      But He is also Just and Merciful and will forgive us when we have trouble forgiving. He will also help you to forgive...

      Thanks for the comments

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."

      My belief regarding the meaning of this important line is:

      As you forgive others, so will you be forgiven.

      If you are unable to wash away and cleanse what people do to you, how can you expect Him to forget your own transgressions?

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      Smokes Angel 5 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the comments.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Great hub, great insights on the Lord's Prayer. Thanks for sharing this. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Smokes Angel: The only line in the Lord's prayer I change is: "Lead us not in to temptation" I change it to: "Let us not be lead into temptation" in other words prevent us from falling into the temptations of satan, or protect us from satan.

      I pray it this way because I realize that God as Father loves us and could never lead us into temptation out of His love for us.

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      Smokes Angel 5 years ago from Broke Alabama


      There is nothing wrong with that. I struggled with praying in groups for a long time. Always afraid I would say the wrong thing. Nothing wrong with being shy.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hey Smokes, I have always felt awkward praying in groups, or with other individuals. Yet, when others pray, I admire that. Some so sincere and intimate you can feel God's presence. I feel comfortable praying alone.

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      Clara Kish 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Smokes Angel,A very good Hub , something that we should all be able to relate to, especially the way things are in this world today. It seems like it will not be too long until Jesus returns. We must all be ready when He calls, we have come too far to miss Heaven now. Clara