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Reflections: The Lord's Prayer

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

“And it came to pass, that, as he (Jesus) was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples,” Luke 11:1 King James Version.





Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples as witnessed by the apostles.

Here is the King James Version as told in Luke 11:

“And he said unto them, when ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom comes. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil,” [Luke 11:2-4 KJV]

Here is an interpretation of The Lord's Prayer in Mathew 6 (in English Standard Version:)

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

My theory in singing the Lord's Prayer is based on speech-act theory: "The didactic function of prayers, hymns, and songs; we are commiting ourselves to certain beliefs and attitudes" (pg. 23, Wenham, Gordon J. The Psalter Reclaimed Praying and Praising with the Psalms. Crossway, 2013). I love to sing the Lord's Prayer virtually all day long. Wenham, Gordon J. The Psalter Reclaimed Praying and Praising with the Psalms. Crossway, 2013). I love to sing the Lord's Prayer virtually all day long. singing the Lord's Prayer is based on speech-act theory: "The didactic function of prayers, hymns, and songs; we are commiting ourselves to certain beliefs and attitudes" (pg. 23, Wenham, Gordon J. The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms. Crossway, 2013). I love to sing the Lord's Prayer virtually all day long.

Patristic Father of the early church, Athanasius states" For to sing the psalms demands such a concentration of a man's whole being that, in doing it, his usual disharmony of mind and corresponding bodily confusion is resolved, just as the notes of several flutes are brought by harmony to one effect" (Athanasius, Saint. On the Incarnation. GLH Publishing, 2018).

Keeping a 24/7 focus on God for the sake of peace of mind, keeping myself thinking and saying, acting, reading, the appropriate thoughts. For healing, for peace, for Love and because of the Love of God.

Discussion: Why doesn't the Lord's Prayer appear in Mark?

Please share your version in comments.


The Tyndale House Greek New Testament of Mathew's version:

ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΟΝ ΚΑΤΑ ΜΑΘΘΑΙΟΝ 6:9-13 Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) 9 Οὕτως οὖν προσεύχεσθε ὑμεῖς·

πάτερ ἡμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς,

ἁγιασθήτω τὸ ὄνομά σου·

10 ἐλθέτω ἡ βασιλεία σου· γενηθήτω τὸ θέλημά σου,

ὡς ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς·

11 τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον·

12 καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν,

ὡς καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀφήκαμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν·

13 καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν,

ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ.

“The Lord’s Prayer” is given by Jesus as part of The Sermon on the Mount, which Mark does not mention. Because both Matthew and Luke relate it in identical words in the oldest Greek manuscripts, and Jesus did not speak that language, new testament biblical scholars are virtually certain that in addition to Mark, both were based on a lost book, written in Greek, which they have named Quelle (German for spring or source) or “Q” for short. The unknown author of Mark apparently either did not have access to this book, or ignored it. -Biblical critical theory

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