Why we pray the Lord’s prayer

man praying on holy bible in the morning

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him,

“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.but deliver us from evil”

Luke 11:1-4, and Matthew 6:9-13, ESV

artwork photographed by Dr. Aletha

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

This prayer, by God’s grace, holds the promise of changing your life and my life—to help us live day by day and moment by moment in loving dependence on God.

Lane T. Dennis , how the Lord’s prayer affected 9/11

Lane T. Dennis is president and publisher of Crossway Books and Good News Tracts. Dr. Dennis earned his BS in business from Northern Illinois University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a PhD in religion from Northwestern University. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer.

Dr. Dennis serves as the Chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the Executive Editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.

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