The Lord's Prayer

Jesus's Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 6:9-13

Our 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 us 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,
And the power,
And the glory,

This prayer of Jesus was given to his disciples as an example of how they should pray. The phrase “Lord’s Prayer” is not used in the NT. The prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13 as part of the Sermon on the Mount and in Luke 11:2-4 when Jesus and the disciples are on the road to Jerusalem. Luke’s version is shorter and more compact than Matthew’s version.

As a prayer, the Lord’s Prayer is similar to Jewish prayers. It begins with an address to God the Father, continues with petitions which ask God to act in a way which would achieve his purposes, and then has petitions which ask for God’s help. The traditional closing, the Doxology, is probably a later addition.