This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13
Perhaps everyone knows the Lord’s Prayer by heart. But, do we really know the meaning behind it? Jesus taught us to pray in a certain manner. But, He didn’t simply imply that we should rattle off His words and continue to blabber without really implementing it in our day-to-day lives.
Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done… The Lord’s prayer teaches us to surrender to God’s will first, and then seek our own good. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors… We should have forgiven those who have sinned against us even before we ask for forgiveness for our own sins and misdoings.
The Lord’s prayer is the foundation of our prayers. We don’t really need to say it word by word, but we need to understand its meaning and pray in the same manner and shape our characters and lives by it. – Amen.