The "Lord's Prayer" for modern times

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Submitted by Al.Reaud on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:20
Our Father,
Who lives in heaven,
Holy be your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Thank you for giving us today's bread and blessings,
And please forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Please lead us from temptation,
And deliver us from the clutches of the Evil One.
For yours is the kingdom and power and glory!
Forever, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Jesus told us “7 And when you pray, do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV)

We must remember that God does not lead us into temptation, but He does allow us to be tested by them.  God has also promised that he won't allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). {quoted from Zondervan Life Application Study Bible, NIV}

Jesus gave us the template for us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Jesus did not say to verbatim repeat the words in the Lord's Prayer, like a mantra. I pray as above because:

  • We live in modern times and the vernacular is different.
  • I believe in thanking God for what he gives freely and consistently every day.
  • I was taught to say please and thank you, especially to our elders and superiors.
  • We can only sin against God, not one another. We do trespass against one another.
  • Praise God first, give thanks, then present your requests. That is the template for praying to God.

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