In the Gospel of Matthew, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus responds with what is known as the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9–13). In many ways, it is a comprehensive prayer, spanning from the desire to see God’s Kingdom fully manifest to the basic need of our daily provision of bread. For this reason, our church fathers, Augustine, Martin Luther, and John Calvin utilized this “prayer of prayers” as a guide for their prayers to God. Following this wise and humble approach, we have provided a basic framework by which you may pray through the Lord’s Prayer. The following takes each line of the Lord’s Prayer and provides a particular focus along with a key passage to help guide your time in prayer. We have also provided an example prayer for each line.
Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done, On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us This Day our Daily Bread
Forgive us our Trespasses as we Forgive those who Trespass Against Us
Lead us not into Temptation but Deliver us from Evil
For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory, Forever and Ever. Amen
“Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name”
Focus: Humbly and confidently address God as our Father, recognizing that this relationship is only possible through the atoning work of His Son Jesus Christ. Glorify God by revering His Name above all Names.
Passage to Pray: Ephesians 1:3–6; John 1:9–13; Galatians 4:4–7; Romans 8:12–17; Proverbs 3:11–12; 1 John 3:1–3; Isaiah 6:1–13; Psalm 97
“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done, On Earth as it is in Heaven”
Focus: Declare your desire that God’s Kingdom would come, asking that God would manifest his reign in every part of the world and every part of our soul, where we see every type of sin, injustice, and evil. Pray that by his grace God would align our will to His, that we would see the uniting of heaven and earth, and that by the power of the Spirit we would contribute to the coming of his Kingdom.
Passages to Pray: Psalm 145:1–3; Zechariah 14:9; Psalm 93; Matthew 26:36–46; Luke 12:32–34; Colossians 3:1–4; 2 Corinthians 5:18–20; Revelation 21:1–5a
“Give us This Day our Daily Bread”
Focus: Pray that God would provide all that you need for the day, recognizing your absolute dependence upon Him for all things at all times. Pray also for God’s provision of others, since we are to pray for “our” daily bread.
Passages to Pray: Philippians 4:6–7, 19; Psalm 34; Psalm 104; 1 Peter 5:6–7; Matthew 6:26; Matthew 7:7–11; 1 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 6:18
“Forgive us our Trespasses as we Forgive those who Trespass Against Us”
Focus: Confess your sins that you have sinned against God in thought, word, and deed; for what you have done and for what you have left undone. In light of God’s forgiveness granted to you because of the atoning work of Jesus Christ, offer forgiveness for those who have sinned against you.
Passages to Pray: Psalm 51:1–4; Psalm 103:8–13; 1 John 1:5–10; Daniel 9:16–19; Colossians 3:12–13; Matthew 6:14–15; Ephesians 4:1–2, 31–32
“Lead us not into Temptation but Deliver us from Evil”
Focus: Pray for God’s protection in your life from evil in this world, from the evil within, and from the evil one. Also take time to pray for God’s protection in the lives of others.
Passages to Pray: 1 Corinthians 10:12–13; Psalm 20; Psalm 23; Isaiah 41:10–13; Ephesians 6:10–18; 2 Thessalonians 3:1–5; James 1:12–15
“For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory, Forever and Ever. Amen”
Focus: Proclaim, rejoice, and take heart in the truth that the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory belong to God. Glorify God for who He is and for what He does. With your “amen” submit all your requests to God, trusting in His infinite wisdom that He will respond according to His glory and for our ultimate good.
Passages to Pray: 1 Chronicles 29:10b–13; Psalm 27; Job 26:7–14; Isaiah 40:12–17; Ephesians 1:17–21; Romans 11:36; Psalm 106:48; Revelation 7:9–12