God has given us body and soul. He has even given us His own Son. Because God has given us such great things, we can have courage and confidence when we ask Him for lesser things.JOHANN GERHARD
Our Father in heaven.
What does this mean? You can approach your heavenly Father with the bold confidence that He will hear you, because His heartfelt desire is for you to know that He’s truly your loving Father and that you’re truly His beloved child.
Holy be Your name.
What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but pray that it may also be kept holy in your life. God’s name is kept holy when His Word is taught in all its truth & purity and when we as children of God lead holy lives according to His Word. (Anyone who teaches or lives contrary to His Word profanes His name.)
Your kingdom come.
What does this mean? The kingdom of God comes without our asking, but pray that it also come to you—that your heavenly Father graciously give you His Holy Spirit to both believe His holy Word and to lead a God-pleasing life, now and forever.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
What does this mean? God’s will is done without our prayer, but pray that it also be done in your life. His good and gracious desire is to strengthen and keep us steadfast in His Word and in faith until we die, and to hinder every evil plan and desire of the devil, the world, and our flesh (for they do not want us to keep God’s name holy or allow His kingdom to come).
Give us today our daily bread.
What does this mean? Although God gives us our daily bread without us asking, even to those who do evil, pray that He would lead you to recognize and give Him thanks for it.
Our daily bread consists of food, clothing, house, property and income. It also includes a believing family & friends, faithful workers, good government, seasonable weather, health, peace, order, reputation—in summary, it is whatever we need for the support of our body & life.
Forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
What does this mean? We all sin much, every day, and aren’t worthy of anything we ask but deserve only punishment. We pray that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins nor deny our prayers on account of them, but grant us our prayers simply by His grace. In this same grace we then forgive those who sin against us, and we seek their good.
Lead us not into temptation.
What does this mean? God tempts no one, but we pray that He would guard and keep us from unbelief, despair, and other shame and evil. The devil, the world, and our flesh will attack and attempt to lead us into these things. Pray that you can finally overcome these things and gain the victory which is already yours.
Deliver us from evil.
What does this mean? We pray that our heavenly Father would deliver our body & soul from all evil, and that when our last hour comes, He will grant us a blessed death and graciously take us to Himself into heaven.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and forever. Amen.
“Amen” means “Yes—it shall be so!” You can be certain that these prayers are pleasing to God and that He hears them, because Christ Himself has taught you to pray this way, and has promised that the heavenly Father will hear you.