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12/06/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

Most Popular Christian Prayer

The Passage: This prayer can be found in Matthew 6 or Luke 11.

The Context: Jesus taught the disciples this prayer. There are slightly different versions of this prayer (as with any prayer).  Learn more about this prayer here.

The Prayer:

Our Heavenly Father, who art in heaven.

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil,

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

Forever and ever.


We can learn from this prayer by looking at the structure and the elements of this prayer.

  1. We start off by affirming God’s characters (e.g. God has authority over heaven and earth). This section allows us to praise God, thank God and remember his rein over us.
  2. The next element is asking God to provide for us (e.g. help me with finding a job). God is a great provider. He loves us, and wants to  hear our problems. There isn’t a problem too small to bring to God.
  3. The next element is asking for forgiveness. This sections humbles us and allows us to admit our sins and failures. This section also allows us to bring thanks to Jesus for washing away our sins.
  4. Next, we ask for strength and protection. We ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us from temptation and for God to protect us from evil.
  5. To conclude, we again, affirm God’s characters (e.g. love, faithfulness, power).

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