with bold confidence.
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
Our Father in heaven.
As beloved children come to a loving father, you can approach your heavenly Father with the bold confidence that He will hear you. His heartfelt desire is for you to know that He is your true Father, and you are His true child.
Holy be Your name.
God’s name is kept holy when His Word is taught in all its truth and purity, and when you as a child of God lead a holy life according to His Word. While God’s name is certainly holy in itself, pray that it may be kept holy in your life also, for anyone who teaches and lives contrary to God’s Word profanes His name.
Your kingdom come.
The kingdom of God comes without you asking, but pray it come to you also, that your heavenly Father would graciously give you His Holy Spirit to believe His holy Word and lead a godly life, now and forever.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
God's good and gracious will for you is to strengthen and keep you steadfast in His Word and in faith until you die, and to hinder every evil plan and desire of the devil, the world, and your flesh which do not want you to keep God's name holy or let His kingdom come. God's will is done without your prayer, but pray that it be done in your life also.
Give us today our daily bread.
Your daily bread consists of food, clothing, house, property and income. It also includes a believing family and friends, faithful workers, good government, seasonable weather, health, peace, order, reputation—in summary, it is whatever you need for the support of your body and life.
God gives daily bread to everyone, even to those who do evil. Although He does this without us asking, pray He would lead you to recognize and give thanks for it.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Pray that your Father in heaven would not look upon your sins nor deny your prayers on account of them. For we all sin much, every day, and are not worthy of anything we ask and deserve only punishment. But God grants your petitions simply by grace. In this same grace you also forgive those who sin against you and readily seek their good.
Lead us not into temptation.
God tempts no one, but pray that He would guard and keep you from unbelief, despair, and other shame and evil. The devil, the world, and your flesh will attack and attempt to lead you into these things. Pray that you can finally overcome them and gain the victory.
Deliver us from evil.
Pray that your heavenly Father would deliver your body and soul from all evil, that when your last hour comes, He will grant you a blessed death and graciously take you to Himself into heaven.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and forever. Amen.
You can be certain that these prayers are acceptable to your heavenly Father and that He hears them. He Himself has commanded you to pray this way and has promised that He will hear you. So say, “Amen! Amen!”, which means, “Yes! Yes! It shall be so!”
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.