lords prayer words - traditional and contemporary prayers

The Lord's Prayer
(Luke 11:2-4 scripture version)

2 And he said to them,

When you say your prayers, say,

Father, may your name be kept holy

and your kingdom come.

3 Give us every day bread for our needs.

4 May we have forgiveness for our sins,

as we make free all those who are in debt to us. And let us not be put to the test.

(Luke Chapter 11 verses 2 to 4 from the Bible in Basic English, New Testament first published in 1941).


Explore the Lord's Prayer through 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 contected 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.

The Lord's Prayer

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The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

A beautiful reading of this famous prayer:-

Our prayers lay the track down on which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.

Watchman Nee (1903 –1972), Chinese Church leader & Christian teacher.