What is The Lord's Prayer?


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The Lord's Prayer refers to a prayer in the Bible that was composed by Jesus and given to His followers. This prayer is recorded in Matthew 6: 5-15. It is also called "The Our Father Prayer" by Catholics, and it teaches Christian how to pray to God.

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What is The Lord's Prayer?
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The Lord's Prayer teaches the followers of Jesus to direct their prayer to "God the Father" only. This is evident in the first line of the prayer, which states, "Our Father in heaven." In the line, "Your kingdom come," this prayer teaches Christians that God plans to establish his heavenly kingdom on earth. This indicates the intent of Jesus to descend from heaven and establish a 1000-year kingdom on the earth, then rule it from Jerusalem, after which God the Father then descends to the earth and joins Jesus.

"Give as this day our daily bread" reminds Christians that God is the sole provider of everything that they need to live. The prayer also enlightens Christians that when they forgive their fellow human beings, God rewards them by pardoning them of their own sins. This is embedded in the line, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors." Aside from revealing that God fights the devil that beguiles Christians, this prayer reveals to Christians that God's kingdom is eternal. These are captured in, "Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one" and "For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever," respectively.

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