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What are the words to the original Lord's Prayer?

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The Lord's Prayer begins with the words, "Our father, who art in heaven." This prayer, recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke without much textual difference, is Jesus' template of prayer left to his disciples.

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The Lord's Prayer primarily consists of petitions made to benefit God or oneself. The first petition of the Lord's Prayer is "Hallowed be thy name." This phrase expresses a desire to honor God's name and the values he stands for. The next words of the prayer are, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." These words express a desire for God's kingdom to establish a presence on earth and better the lives of his earthly servants.

After expressing the three petitions concerning God, Jesus explains that personal petitions also have a place in prayer. For example, the next part of the prayer is, "Give us each day our daily bread," an expression that asks for God's help in obtaining daily sustenance. The following words are, "Forgive us our trespasses," which expresses the person's desire for divine forgiveness. The final petition of the prayer is, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," which is usually interpreted as asking God to give a person the necessary endurance to survive a trial. The final words of the Lord's Prayer praise God by saying, "For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever."

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