The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13, New King James Version (NKJV)

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
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 forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

And as paraphrased by Pia Horan:

Our eternal and ever-loving Father
You Who live in the glorious Heavenly Realm
May Your exceedingly great Name
Be held in very high esteem by all people on earth
Your Kingdom and way of governing be established in the earth
Your Will be done on the earth
As it is done in Your Heavenly Realm
Give us this day all that we need to sustain us
Forgive us for wrongs done
In the same manner as we forgive those who wrong us
You do not lead us into temptation
Rather our own hearts and wills do (James 1:13-14)
Therefore deliver us from evil within us
And from the evil one working in the world
For to You belong the Kingdom, the Glory and the ultimate Power
Now and forever more
Amen

Pia’s commentary as to the above:
This prayer, instituted by our Lord, needs to find its fulfilment in us first (“The kingdom of God is within, or as other translations render ‘in your midst’” [Luke 17:20-21] ). It is wherever Christ is exalted and allowed to rule. We are exhorted to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33) and this is of paramount importance in the life of the believer. Neglecting it falls under the dilemma of “our hearts and wills being led into temptation”. Seeking first the kingdom of God is our daily discipline and part of our faith walk. It entails our willingness to daily die to self (Gal. 2:20). The paradox is that as we attempt daily to live according to God’s guidance in His word and in the power of His Spirit, we experience love, joy and peace; immeasurably precious to our souls!

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