Jesus’ Model Prayer

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. To this He gave a very simple model:

An address coupled with adoration

And several petitions for needs to meet

Then close with an adoration repeat

The Book of Common Prayer has rendered it in the following translation and format:

Our Father, which art in heaven, (Address)

Hallowed be thy Name. (Adoration)

Thy Kingdom come. (Petition 1)

Thy will be done in earth, (Petition 2)

As it is in heaven. (Petition 2 qualified with the standard to judge it)

Give us this day our daily bread. (Petition 3)

And forgive us our trespasses, (Petition 4)

 As we forgive them that trespass against us. (Petition 4 qualified with a standard)

 And lead us not into temptation, (Petition 5)

But deliver us from evil. (Petition 6)

 For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever. (Adoration)




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