Bible Verses of the Week

The Lord's Prayer

Traditional Form:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
(KJV 1900, Matthew 6:9–13)
Modern English Equivalent:
9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
(NLT, Matthew 6:9–13)

This is Jesus' model of the perfect prayer. We praise God and look forward to the time when all people will obey Him. We ask for only the essentials of life. We ask for forgiveness of our sins, but only after we have forgiven other people who have sinned against us. We ask for strength to resist temptation and for protection from Satan.

The original prayer, like all of the New Testament, was originally written in the ancient Greek language. The traditional form was a translation made 400+ years ago into English as it was spoken at that time, but it is still popular for use in church services.

The phrase, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." was not part of the original prayer. It was added to some old manuscripts, perhaps for use in liturgy, and reproduced in some older Bible translations. There is more information here: What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?