The Lords Prayer

The Lord's Prayer (also known as Our Father and Pater Noster) is a Christian prayer that was taught by Jesus to his discipes. Two forms of it are recorded in the new testament.

The context of the prayer in Matthew is a discourse deploring people who pray ostentatiously: Jesus instructs his listeners to pray in the manner prescribed in the prayer. Taking into account its structure, flow of subject matter and emphases, one interpretation of the Lord's Prayer is as a guideline on how to pray rather than something to be learned and repeated by rote. The New Testament records Jesus and his disciples praying on several occasions, but never this specific prayer, so the application and understanding of the prayer during the ministry of Jesus is unknown.

The Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come,your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but keep us away from evil, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

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