A Model Prayer

Part 1: Opening Prayer

Let us pray.
Open our eyes, Lord,
to perceive your desire for the world.
Remove those things that block our vision
and widen our gaze to encompass all you would have us see.In Jesus’ name we pray.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

Part 2: Story

Part 3: Message

My Daughter Charis used to do her own version of the Lord’s Prayer:

Charis Version

Here is my Litteral translation of the Matthew version of the Lord’s Prayer:

PJ Translation

Literal Translation of Luke 11.2-4 Literal Translation of Matthew 6.9-13 The Good Old Version Contemporary Version Song Version of Lord’s Prayer
Intro. Father, Our Father, the one in the heavens, Our Father, who art in heaven, Our Father in heaven, Our Father, which art in heaven,
1 Let your name be hallowed Let your name be hallowed, Hallowed be thy name, Hallowed be your name, Hallowed by thy name,
2 Let your kingdom come. Let your kingdom come, Thy kingdom come, Your kingdom come, Thy kingdom come,
3 Let your will happen, as in heaven also upon earth. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
4 Our daily bread keep on giving us each day; Our daily bread give us today; Give us this day our daily bread; Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day, our daily bread,
5 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves are forgiving all who are in debt to us; And forgive us our debts, as also we have forgiven our debtors; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,
6 And do not bring us into temptation. And do not bring us into temptation, And lead us not into temptation, Save us from the time of trial And lead us not into temptation
7 But deliver us from the evil [one]. But deliver us from evil. And deliver us from evil. But deliver us from evil.
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For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
  1. Matthew
    1. In the middle of the Sermon on the Mount
    2. Verse 1 warns against practicing piety to be seen
      1. 6:1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
    3. Verses 2-4 discuss alms-giving
      1. 6:2 “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  6:3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right  hand is doing,  6:4 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret  will reward you.
    4. Verses 5-6 discuss private prayer.
      1. 6:5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    5. Verses 7-8 discuss public prayer.
      1. 6:7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for  they think that they will be heard for their many words.  6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
    6. Verse 9a introduction to prayer
      1. Jesus tells his disciples to pray “this way.”
        1. He does not say pray “these words” or “this prayer.”
      2. 6:9 Pray then like this:
      3. How do you interpret Jesus’ saying, “Pray this way” (as compared to, “Pray these words”)?
  2. Luke Version
    1. After Jesus is with Martha and Mary and Mary is sitting at his feet, Jesus goes off to pray and the disciples come to him and ask him to teach them to pray.

Part 4: Learn and Engage

For Learning and engaging, please ask your parents:

  1. Is the Lord’s Prayer a public or a private prayer?
    1. How does the context in Matthew help clarify this question?
    2. How does the first word of the prayer help?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of just knowing and praying one version of the Lord’s Prayer?
  3. Did you know there were 5 versions of the Lord’s Prayer?
  4. Did you know the conclusion (see above) is not in the Bible?

Comment below on the conversation you had.

Part 5: Closing Prayer

Let us pray.
Merciful God,
your Son was gave His life as a ransom for many,
and helped all of those in need.
Guide us to be just like your Son,
to live our lives outloud.
To give to the needy,
to help the down trouden,
to uphold His love for all creation.
Guide us to give the mercy we have received from him, Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.