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What does the Lord’s Prayer teach us about Prayer?

What the Lord’s Prayer Teaches Us About Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father, is a special prayer that Jesus taught his followers. You can find it in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. This prayer is important because it shows us how to pray and what to pray for. Let’s break it down and see what we can learn from it.

1. Talking to God as Our Father

The prayer starts with “Our Father who art in heaven.” This means that when we pray, we are talking to God like He is our loving parent. Just like we trust and talk to our mom or dad, we can trust and talk to God. He cares for us and wants to hear from us.

2. Respecting God’s Name

“Hallowed be thy name” means that God’s name is holy and special. When we pray, we should remember to respect and honor God. It’s like when we show respect to someone we really admire.

3. Wanting God’s Plan

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” means we want God’s plans to happen here on Earth just like they do in heaven. This teaches us that prayer is not just about asking for what we want but also about wanting what God wants for us and the world.

4. Asking for What We Need

“Give us this day our daily bread” means we are asking God to give us what we need every day. This could be food, help with school, or anything we need to get through the day. It shows that we depend on God to take care of us.

5. Forgiving and Being Forgiven

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” means we ask God to forgive us for the things we do wrong, and we promise to forgive others who have hurt us. This teaches us that forgiveness is important and helps us have good relationships with others.

6. Asking for Help to Do Right

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” means we are asking God to help us make good choices and stay away from bad things. It’s like asking God to guide us and keep us safe from harm.

7. Praising God

Some versions of the prayer end with “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.” This means we recognize that everything belongs to God, and we give Him all the praise and thanks. It’s like ending the prayer with a big thank you to God for being so great.

Conclusion

The Lord’s Prayer teaches us a lot about how to pray. It shows us to talk to God like He is our loving Father, to respect and honor Him, to want what He wants, to ask for what we need, to forgive others and be forgiven, to ask for help in making good choices, and to praise Him. By following this prayer, we can have a closer and stronger relationship with God.

Author

  • Greg Gaines

    Father / Grandfather / Minister / Missionary / Deacon / Elder / Author / Digital Missionary / Foster Parents / Welcome to our Family https://jesusleadershiptraining.com/about-us/

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