This week we’ve been looking at how to copy the prayer life of Jesus. Our study wouldn’t be complete without taking a look at The Lord’s Prayer. We are told in Luke 11:1 that this is how Jesus taught His disciples to pray.
Today, I want to unpack this prayer a little by sharing how I amplify its meaning as I recite it.
My Amplified Version of The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer appears in two places in the Bible (Luke 11:2-4 and Matthew 6:9-13). I prefer the version in Matthew so, that’s what I will use today.
Remember, this is Jesus speaking telling His disciples how they should pray. Below each section is my personal amplification.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Father God, you are awesome! You are to be feared and respected. You are the Lord of lords and the King of kings. You spoke all creation into existence. Your power and ways are perfect and true. They are so much higher than mine. I come before you humbly, Lord, acknowledging your sovereignty over everything.
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus, I look forward to the time to come when you will rule over everything. I plead for the time when this broken, wicked world will finally be put to rest and everything will be restored to the way you intended it to be. In the meantime, I ask that your will be done in my life, Lord. You know better than I do. Please help me to always see and accept what you want for my life. You know best.
Give us today our daily bread.
Lord, you know better than I do exactly what I need. Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. So, I pray Lord that while I hope you will meet my earthly needs, I hope even more that you will feed me spiritually. Give me your discipline and guidance so I can grow in you.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me for all the wickedness I have done. Also, Lord I pray that you will help me to forgive others. I often think too highly of myself and therefore want to judge others harshly. In reality, if it wasn’t for your grace, I would be much worse off than all of them. Thank you for your patience, love and kindness. Please help me to pass these along to others and show them your mercy.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
I acknowledge, Lord, that I am weak. I am easily deceived and drawn away by temptation. I pray that you will protect me and give me the eyes to see your truth. Watch over me and my loved ones, Jesus. We need your protection from the evil one. Help me to battle against his lies in my mind and to shine a light on the truth for others as well.
The Lord’s Prayer Amplified: Amazingly Powerful
God is good! Remember, Jesus said He would do whatever we ask in His name to bring glory to the Father. (John 14:13-14) Amen!
If we pray as He taught us, then we are sure to receive what we ask. Copy Jesus by praying The Lord’s Prayer.