The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer the Lord Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. The former passage has been more influential in the later history of the Lord’s Prayer, but the latter seems to give it in a more historical setting.

Prayer occupied an important place in the life and the teachings of Jesus. He was emphatically a man of prayer, praying frequently in private and in public, and occasionally spending whole nights in communion with His heavenly Father. He often spoke to His disciples on the subject of prayer, cautioning them against ostentation, or urging perseverance, faith and large expectation, and He gave them a model of devotion in the Lord’s prayer.

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Pray then like this:

“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 deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9-13 NIV

“This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,your kingdom come, your will be done,    on earth as it is in heaven.Give us today our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,    as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,    but deliver us from the evil one. ’

Matthew 6:9-13 NLT

Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,    may your name be kept holy.May your Kingdom come soon.May your will be done on earth,    as it is in heaven.Give us today the food we need,and forgive us our sins,    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.And don’t let us yield to temptation,    but rescue us from the evil one.

Purpose of the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer was given as a lesson in prayer. As such this simple model surpasses all precepts about prayer. It suggests to the child of God the proper objects of prayer. It supplies suitable forms of language and illustrates the simple and direct manner in which we may trustingly address our heavenly Father. It embraces the elements of all spiritual desire summed up in a few choice sentences. For those who are not able to bring their struggling desires to birth in articulate language it provides an instructive form. To the mature disciple it ever unfolds with richer depths of meaning. Though we learn these words at our mother’s knee, we need a lifetime to fill them with meaning and all eternity to realize their answer.

Verse By Verse Study on the Lord’s Prayer