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The Lord's Prayer
(The text from Matthew 6:9-13)

9 Let this then be your prayer:

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

10 Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

11 Give us this day bread for our needs.

12 And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us.

13 And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One.


(Matthew 6:9-13 from the Bible in Basic English - BBE - New Testament 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 creative reading of the Lord's Prayer filmed in downtown New York shortly after the 9/11 tragedy:-

The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.