The Lord’s Prayer is probably one of the most famous prayers of the Christian faith. This is a prayer that was taught by Jesus Christ Himself to the disciples. It was spoken in the context of a series of teachings, thus the introductory line, “This then is how you should pray…”.
The prayer begins with an adoration of God and the emphasis on His image as our Father. It puts our relationship with God into proper perspective and allows us to approach Him with a quiet assurance as His beloved child. The prayer then proceeds to acknowledge God’s sovereignty in the earth and mentions the humble supplication of one who is in need. An important element of this prayer is the forgiveness of sins. This shows that we shall also be forgiven (or not) by the same measure that we use in forgiving others.
Throughout the Lord’s prayer, the one approaching God takes on a humble stance. Even the protection from temptation and the devil is asked from God. Let us, therefore, approach our God with the same humility as we come to Him in prayer with a sincere heart and a sure faith.
“This then is how you should pray:
‘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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.’” (Matthew 6:9-13)