lords prayer words - traditional and contemporary prayers


Welcome to Lords-prayer-words.com ... an extensive resource of traditional and contemporary Christian prayers.

Central to this site is The Lord's Prayer, as this is where Jesus, the great master and Lord of all, teaches us how to pray. Here you can discover many versions and translations of this famous prayer, as well as commentaries and interpretations on the "Our Father" by several classic biblical scholars and theologians. The site is also packed with other free resources on prayer - with videos to meditate on and several hundred prayers on topics such as healing, strength, prayers for children and for various times and occasions.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.


(New English Version - adopted by the Church of England in 1977)

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The Lord's Prayer

A short inspiring reading of this famous prayer:-

This section features the writings of three famous biblical theologians (Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes).

The Lord's prayer opens with addressing God as "Father who art in Heaven". There are then seven petitions. The first requests are connected with the worship of God ("Hallowed be thy name") and His ways. The next four concern the needs of man - his physical ("Give us today our daily bread"), mental (with temptation) spiritual (against evil) and relational needs (forgiveness). The prayer then concludes with a doxology.

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This site's statement of faith

www.lords-prayer-words.com is rooted in traditional Christianity, and upholds the Nicene Creed as it's statement of faith. The content of this site seeks to reflect the writings of the various streams and denominations that exist within the present day Christian faith and to do so in a non-partisan way.

In this section of the website, we explore the Lord's prayer message and application through a number of well known biblical scholars and writers. The study by John Wesley considers that the prayer may be broken down into three sections - it contains a preface ("Our Father"), petitions ("Give us this day" etc), and a conclusion (the doxology).

In the notes from Charles Spurgeon's sermon on the Lord's prayer, he considers that this text is a model for prayer, rather than something to be recited word for word. For example, when considering our sins, time needs to be taken to cite our wrongdoings and name them. Spurgeon goes on to observe that the prayer is "Our Father" - there is a double relationship in the text, firstly with God as Father, and secondly with our brothers and sisters (the prayer is not "My Father"). He asks us to think about the wider meaning of this - that the poor, the outcast etc are all our brothers.

The basis for the second sermon by Charles Spurgeon is Matthew 6:10 - "Your will be done on earth as in heaven". Here he considers the will of God, that it was originally perfectly done (in Eden), and in the future will be. In the meantime, as we pray this prayer, we are to commit ourselves to doing the will of God on earth.

In this section you will also find an interpretation of the Lord's prayer by Alexander MacLaren. If you need some ideas for studying this prayer in your Bible group, then there is also an excellent contribution by Phil Harper. Here you'll find some thoughts on what motivates us when we pray, and how we might seek to do the will of God as a community together.

About this site

www.lords-prayer-words.com began as a small project in 2007 with the aim of developing an online resource for people seeking to find out more about the Lord's Prayer. Initially this covered popular versions of the prayer and classic commentaries by the likes of Matthew Henry and Adam Clarke. The site was later added to by an extensive list of versions in different languages, (such as Russian and even Chinese!) and other resources, such as popular adaption's of the Lord's Prayer in music and song.

The website has since grown to become a wider resource about prayer, and seeks to encompass the rich heritage of the Christian faith, from the prayer life of the ancient Celts to modern day writings of the contemporary Church, and from across the varied traditions that exist within it, such as the Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist church denominations  The site now covers many famous prayers, such as the "Serenity Prayer" and "The Lord is my Shepherd", as well as a section on how to pray to God and various prayer topics (for example, prayer for children, health and healing, work and family life). This site now also has a dedicated page for posting your own prayers, for whatever situation you are currently facing - such as prayer for a new job, or financial or health concerns etc. You can visit this page by clicking here.

Prayer for Guidance

Are you currently seeking God's direction in life? If so you may find the following short film helpful. Featuring a modern prayer for God's guidance with uplifting images and music:-

Take a moment to hear from God...

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey