Traditional English Version:
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts (trespasses),
as we forgive our debtors (those who trespass against us).
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says:
"The Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father or Pater noster, is probably
the best-known prayer in Christianity. On Easter Sunday 2007 it was estimated that 2 billion Catholic, Protestant and Eastern
Orthodox Christians read, recited, or sang the short prayer in hundreds of languages in houses of worship of all shapes and
Although many theological differences and various modes and manners of
worship divide Christians, according to Fuller Seminary professor Clayton Schmit "there is a sense of solidarity in knowing
that Christians around the globe are praying together…, and these words always unite us.”
End of Wikipedia comments.
Let’s look at this famous prayer close
1. Our Father -- God
is a straight male. This is the clear meaning of the word “Father.” It’s not a technical word;
it is a plain, everyday, human experience, word. It means a straight, male -- a man who is married to a woman,
and they have children together.
But, many modern teachers say God is a spirit, and cannot
have gender. This is false, God is BOTH a spirit and also,
has a genuine male body (some kind of super spirit body).
In John 14:6- Jesus talks to Philip. This shows that God is a male person:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye
had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:
Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
See also my pages -- God is a Straight Male ..., and Gender Roles: The Image of God and the Sin of Unisex.
2. Which art in heaven. His throne
is in heaven.
Revelation 4:1-5 says:
I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:
and the first voice
which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne
was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
And he that sat was to
look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:
and there was a rainbow
round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And round about
the throne were four and twenty seats:
and upon the seats I saw four
and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment;
and they had on
their heads crowns of gold.
God did come down to Mount
Sinai in Arabia to give the 10 Commandments, (Exodus 34:27-29), and he did come down to see the Tower of
Babel and to confuse the languages (Genesis 11:9),
and perhaps at several other times, but his
normal abode is in heaven, which Christ’s Apostle Paul, called the “third heaven” (2 Corinthians 12:2) --
Above the atmosphere, (the first heaven), and stars, (second heaven).
be thy name. -- A true reflection and identity, the name characterizes a person. God is absolutely holy.
“Holy” is his name.
James 1:17 says, of God: With
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
The unredeemed will be
judged against God’s absolute holiness.
Graciously, God has sent his son, Jesus Christ,
to pay for our sins by the substitutionary atonement of his innocent blood. Jesus is the only
4. Thy Kingdom Come.
God’s kingdom does not presently exist on Earth. God DOES rule in an overall sense, but Satan won a great
right to rule on Earth due to the “Fall” in the Garden of Eden (Old Testament, Genesis chapter 3).
Thus, we should anticipate, and, also, pray, expectantly, for the kingdom of God to come to Earth.
The Bible tells us in Revelation 12:7-11 that the time, is yet future, when God will re-take the Kingdom on Earth.
Revelation 12:7-11: There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon;
and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his
Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved
not their lives unto the death.
5. Thy will be done in Earth as
it is in heaven.
It is during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ’s 1000
year reign on Earth that this will really happen.
Revelation 20:2-4 says: And
he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive
the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them
that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his
image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;
they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Obviously God’s will is NOT being done in Earth now, proving further
that his kingdom is not in physical operation on Earth at this time.
in operation in a Spiritual sense, in the sphere of God's spiritual kingdom.
strange, and absolutely correct, use of the term “IN Earth", rather than “on
Earth", in the King James Bible, reminds us that other Bible passages tell us that the abode of the wicked dead is inside
In Matthew 12:40, Jesus said, For as Jonas was three days
and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
I believe that the righteous dead, inside the Earth, were anxiously awaiting Christ's atoning, sacrificial
death, to validate their own salvations, and that Christ relocated them to Heaven. This is a difficult subject -- diligent
study is warranted.
The Apostle's Creed tells us Christ "descended into
Hell." See my page on the Apostle's Creed.
See my pages -- Why the King James Bible? and also, Is the Bible Really the Word of God?
6. Give us this day our daily bread. God provided “manna,” DAILY
to the Israelites during the Exodus -- (Exodus 16). Each morning it was gathered anew. It would not keep
Also note, Jesus in John 6:35: I am the bread of life: he that
cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
7. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. In the Matthew 6:9-13 Lord’s prayer “debts”
is used, but two verses latter in verse 14, Jesus uses the word trespasses: For if ye forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Both thoughts are important.
Jesus Christ redeemed us with his blood. He expects us to forgive others, as God forgives us. In verse
14 and 15 Jesus says, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
8. And lead us not
into temptation. We should earnestly ask for continual deliverance.
James 1:12-15 says: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and
enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
9. But deliver us from evil. In the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly before his arrest, Jesus said, Watch
and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41).
Christians have the great privilege of forgiveness:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We should pray for protection from all evil and from the Evil One, the Devil. There is so much evil today.
See my page -- Walking in the Light. We can have continuous forgiveness.
10. For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory for ever.
What can anyone add to this?
God IS the GREATEST!
Jeremiah 23:24 says, Can any hide himself in secret places,
that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the LORD?
Jeremiah 23:29 say, Is not my word like a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock
11. Amen means
absolute trust, confidence.
Jesus said, All that the Father giveth me shall
come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but
the will of him that sent me.
And this is the Father's will which hath
sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and
believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:35-37.
Take Jesus as your Savior today -- see my page -- They Came to Jesus!