The Lord's Prayer
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and He did. It is what we commonly refer to as the Lord's Prayer. (Luke 11:1) If you struggle to find the words to say, this simple yet powerful prayer is all you really need—God already knows what is on your heart and His will for you is only good. (Jeremiah 29:11)
The Lord's Prayer is detailed below. Lower on this page, you can also find information about:
Our Father, which art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
In earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
(sins or trespasses)
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil (evil one)
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and
the glory forever and ever.
Acknowledge God is the Creator and He is Holy, Holy, Holy (Our Father)
Succumb to God’s will and not your own (Thy will be done)
Ask God for the things that you need (daily bread)
Confess and repent (forgive us)
Forgive others (as we forgive those who sin against us, this is key)
Ask God to help you make good choices (not into temptation)
Ask God to protect you from Satan (deliver us from the evil one)
Praise God for all that He is and all He has done—now and forever (kingdom, power, and glory)
About the Lord's Prayer
The Lord's Prayer perfectly covers all of our spiritual and physical needs. It is also declaring God's victory over heaven, earth, and our lives.
Other Helpful Prayers
Turning Away from Sin
For too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself.
No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day.
Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior.
Written by Dr. Ray Pritchard
Serenity and Peace
Give me the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from another.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it, but trusting that You will make all things right.
I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Courage and Faith
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
When and How To Pray
Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
You can pray alone, quietly in spirit, or out in the open. Matthew speaks of the hypocrites in the synagogues and standing on a street to pray while living a life separate from God, but the focus should be on the hypocrisy rather than the location. (Matthew 18:20) Like any meaningful relationship, seek intimacy with God by spending time with just Him in prayer. But also, enjoy prayer with family and friends in fellowship with the Lord.
Thank the Lord for another day!
Thank the Lord for provision and ask Him to bless your food.
Whether it's emotional, spiritual, of physical—pray for healing, mercy, and strength and declare that by Jesus's stripes, you or the person for whom you are praying is healed. Thank the Lord for hearing your prayer and repent of any sin. Ask the Lord to abide in you and to keep you under His wing.
If you're feeling anxious or need help with a problem (big or small), pray that the Lord will grant you with the guidance, wisdom, and grace you need. Ask for a peaceful and fair resolution, and thank the Lord for hearing your prayer.
For a Miracle
Cry out to the Lord and ask Him to intercede. Believe on His ability to grant a miracle no matter how big the ask may seem. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)
Knowing Your Prayer Was Heard
The Bible teaches that if we repent and call on the Lord, learn to follow His commandments, and pray according to His will, our prayers are heard. We are told that our prayers rise up to Heaven like sweet-smelling incense and are stored in golden vials or bowls. There are several verses about this in both the old and new testaments.
It is the confidence we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. (1 John 5:14)