A disciple asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and His response was what is known as "The Lord’s Prayer." Thus, the Lord’s Prayer is the most powerful prayer as it's the work of Jesus. It's also the perfect prayer as it not only gives praise and honor to God, but it brings us in alignment with God's principles and surrenders us to His will. In times of anguish, pain, stress, and temptation, the prayer can bring a powerful and positive change to your life.
Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven
We call upon God, approaching Him as a child would approach
a loving father, seeking Him with humility and love.
Hallowed be Thy name.
We recognize His holiness and honor Him.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth, as it is in heaven.
We surrender to God's authority.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We ask for our daily necessities. God doesn't give us everything we ask for,
but He gives us everything we need. He wants us to rely on Him for our needs.
And forgive us our trespasses
We confess our sins and ask for God's forgiveness.
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
We forgive those who've wronged us. Forgiveness is one of the most important
virtues--so much so that Jesus repeats it after the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:14-15.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
We request God's protection from Satan. Satan's evil is everywhere, but this prayer
asks for God's protection and deliverance from Satan's power.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
This line isn't in scripture and is only recited in some Protestant versions of the prayer. It's, however, a beautiful addition as it glorifies God and recognizes his sovereignty.
"Amen" is an expression that means “So be it” or “Make it so.” It's an expression
of faith. By closing our prayers with “Amen,” we're declaring that we believe God
heard our prayer and will answer us.