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The Meaning of the Lord's Prayer (Our Father)

Updated on February 3, 2018

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.

What is prayer?

Prayer is talking with God, as when you have a desire to talk with a friend over the phone, we first need to type the cell phone number. The same is with prayer. First we call the Lord with prayer and then we talk to him.
The Bible, God's Word, gives us many reasons to pray. However, many people don't think it is so important and necessary. They don't put prayer in the first place in their Christian life. There are many Christians who live by the experience, education, work, but they leave out the most important feature of the Christian life- prayer.
In the Gospel we read: "After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone."
Think about it! Jesus Christ, the Son of God prayed and talked with His heavenly Father. If the Son of God prayed, how much more we need to pray to our heavenly Father? It is important for every Christian to find a place and time required for prayer and there in silence open his heart to God.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Do you believe in the Lord? Does his name mean something in my life? Do you remember him only when you find it hard or he is always in your thoughts and all your works? Let everyone answer these questions for himself and find answers in his heart.

Thy kingdom come

Lets prepare him arrival, as a feast to long-awaited friend. Align his paths. When our guest comes to visit us(regardless of whether it's family or friend), we try to prepare the best food, arrange home to be clean and tidy.
And when the guest arrives, our hart is filled with some strange and warm feeling of love while we are impatiently going to let him in.
Are we aware? Lord comes to our door and knocks every day hoping that we would open the door to him and receive him as a guest. He comes unannounced. In prayer we pray to him but still we don't know him.
We pray as he taught us: „Thy kingdom come. " How will the king come if his servants don't prepare the kingdom? How will our guest surprise us if we wait for him? And if he gets early, everything is ready for his arrival. But if a guest comes unannounced how will we await him? Will he want to stay in our house? Whether he finds us in war or in peace? What will happen if he finds us unprepared? And nothing can grow out from the ground, if before that we don't till the ground, prepare the ground for a new life.
Let's get ready because the Lord is coming. He told us: "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back - whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn." Mark 13:35

The God's kingdom comes to each of us. I was mistaken when I thought that the kingdom of God is far away. It is there in our hearts, and if we prepare him the way, He'll come. He comes to each of us and stands at the door and knocks! Would you open it, will you let the king to enter into your humble home? Would you tell him: Lord, Here I am, your servant is listening? Would you prepare him the best food, the best wine that you have? Will you offer him to stay? Lord every day comes and knocks! Your job is to open the door and let the light to shine on your heart.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Have you ever thought of this sentence? At a time when the wind, storm, and all the troubles of this world rush upon us, we often ask ourselves why we deserve that. Sometimes believers get away from the Lord, because trouble befalls them. If we believe that God controls our lives then everything has a reason. He knows what we need in our lives.

Give us this day our daily bread

We are creatures of the present, not the past or the future. We pray for today, not for tomorrow. Whatever will be in future will be. The humble man trusts in the Lord, because if God cares for the birds of the heavenly sky, why do you think that He is not worried about his most perfect being- man.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

Lord forgive us our debts and failures because we are sinful! By forgiving mistakes of others, Lord forgives our sins.

Matthew 18:21-35 The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

Guardian Angels

The eternal light burned in our hearts, eternal beacons that lead us to the right path.

How to describe them? None of us have seen them, but I believe they exist.
Maybe one day I'll be like them, one day when I finish my way, when I realize the truth, when I meet true love.
The Lord has given each of us a guardian angel who protects us with their wings from evil. On earth, we can pay guards to protect us but heavenly guards do not work that way. They don't receive a salary for their work. They do it out of love. Through prayer we connect with our guardian angel and receive their blessing.
They are protectors of our soul but in some situations, they let us to decide ourselves. God knows us better than ourselves and He knows in advance what we'll choose. Guardian Angels also know the way and they're waiting for us at the station and are looking forward to our arrival. What if we stray of the road? What then when we don't see the light at the end of road? When we fall and in the inability to raise, remain firmly rooted in the ground, never wondering whether we could succeed. I think that guardian angels are with each of us even in that situation but they can't act if we don't invoke them. They watch our every move, and their mission is to safely back us to our father, to our home. Sometimes, I want to see my guardian angel to thank him for everything. And the images are always returning to me, lightning thoughts go through my head when I think through which dangers I passed without any scar.
Our angels certainly have a lot of work. They are a gift from God so that man never be alone in any situation.


The word amen (/ˌɑːˈmɛn/ or /ˌeɪˈmɛn/; Hebrew: אָמֵן, Modern amen, Greek: ἀμήν is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. It has been generally adopted in Christian worship as a concluding word for prayers and hymns. In Islam, it is the standard ending to Dua. Common English translations of the word amen include "verily" and "truly".

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    • Anita lesic profile image

      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      Hi Samuel ;)) thank you for reading.

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      samuel hodges 3 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      Thank you.

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      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      Thank you all so much;****

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You make a lot of great points; very beautiful.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i never understood the prayer but still pray as our teacher taught us, very useful indeed

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      I have believed in God and prayer all my life.

      Thank you for reminding people


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      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      thank you so much Ruby:* Thank you Faith:** without prayer we're lost in this world;)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful hub on the importance of prayer in our relationship with our sweet Lord and Savior!

      I pray throughout the day and stay in constant communication with the Lord. That is how I get through each day. Prayer is how we enter into that personal and intimate relationship with our Lord.

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      God bless you

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      Ruby Jean Richert 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't imagine going through a day without praying. Thank you for the Lord's prayer. Peace.