This divinely inspired prayer is commonly called the Lord's prayer because he taught it to a multitude gathered to hear him on the Mount of Olives, but it actually ought to be called the people's prayer because we are to pray it or it could be called our daily contract prayer because it is a verbal contract between you and God for the day in which you pray it.
Since it is known as the Lord's prayer, you will have to refer to it as the Lord's prayer if you are to make yourself understood with others.
It is probably the prayer most remembered out of all of the prayers provided in the holy Book. It is also the most presumed upon prayer in the Bible with far too many people thinking they understand it when they do not perceive its deeper meanings.
To make sure we contemplate it in context, let us consider Jesus teaching them all saying in a powerfully amplified voice; so they could all hear him well and understand the supernaturally empowered God-man was talking to them: St. Matthew 6:6/15
"And when you pray," his voice boomed, "you shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, where they may be seen of men. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, I say unto you, they have their reward.
But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think they shall be heard for speaking much.
Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.
After this manner therefore pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed (set apart) is your name.
Your kingdom come. Your 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 the kingdom is yours, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The prayer the Lord taught the people seems simple and easy to understand, but there are profound aspects to it worthy of consideration:
People pray the prayer without understanding the words in it. Hallowed is an obsolete word in American English. You would be hard pressed to find someone who knows its meaning.
The Father in heaven's name is set apart (hallowed). It is secret. So we are to acknowledge that fact in our prayer unto him to make sure he is reminded we cannot personally address him by his name. "Our Father in heaven, hallowed or set apart is your name."
"Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." We are acknowledging our desire for his global kingdom to come upon the earth. That means we approve of God the Father sending his Son, Jesus Christ to fight Antichrist and the armies of this degenerative world in the battle of Armageddon when it is time and to set up his thousand year reign upon the earth.
We also agree in our prayer to God the Father, we want his will done upon the earth as it is done in heaven; but we have never been to heaven so we are trusting that whatever God requires of us, he will enable us to do.
The prayer we are to make unto God the Father is actually a verbal contract. We agree for certain things to take place, and we agree to do certain things for our prayers to become accomplished by God who is the beginning and end of all things.
We go on to say: "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 the kingdom is yours, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen."
We do not ask for much. We ask for our daily bread which suggests we ought to pray this prayer daily. We are not asking for prosperity as many might imagine, but for our basic needs.
We ask for our debts to be forgiven conditionally based on our forgiving the debts of others. By doing so, we acknowledge our unworthiness of forgiveness if we will not forgive others.
We ask to not be led into temptation which suggests we are to understand God "QUICKENS ALL THINGS." He leads even those who are not Spirit led. He is the Predestinator of our lives.
The way the prayer is worded, we are acknowledging God knows our thresholds, that is our ability to resist temptations. Many will return five or ten dollars if they see it fall to the ground, but a bag of money spilled out on the ground might cause a riot to grab it up. We are asking God to keep us from circumstances where we might be tempted beyond our ability to resist doing wrong.
But since there is always the evil of the day to contend with, we ought to ask him to "deliver us from evil."
In closing we acknowledge "the kingdom is yours, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen."
When you see the word "kingdom" in the Bible, it refers physically to the ownership of the earth from where we are praying. Even though the nations do not recognize God as their ruler, we recognize the world is his global "kingdom" where he will make kings over one to ten cities, and set David on the throne of Israel again when Christ returnsf as King of kings.
The Word of God is two dimensional so we are also recognizing in prayer that God owns us and the kingdom we are building within.
You are under no law to pray the prayer word for word, but it is perfect in just the way he gave it to us, so it is better to pray it without adding to or taking away from it.
Consider praying it in the sunrise every morning, then go on into other prayers provided in holy Scripture praying for the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem, praying for our President, for laborers to be sent into the harvest field, praying for God to save our soul and guide our going out and coming in forever, praying for our kin, and for others, praying for God to feed us with food convenient for us, praying for his mercy in all things, and for wisdom in all we do.
There are many other prayers that can be prayed in the four prayer
times of the day as well as continually throughout the day. It is
up to you to build your prayers into Life.