We have set up 6 prayer stations in St Mary’s church to help focus on the Lord’s Prayer.
At each station you will find a written reflection and some objects to help you think about this very important prayer
The Lord’s prayer is so called because it is the prayer which Jesus himself taught us.
You can read it in the Gospel of Matthew 6:9-13 and in Luke 11:2-4
Look at the prayers in the Bible – how are they different from what we know?
Luke 11:2-4 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised)
2 He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.’
Matthew 6:9-13 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised)
9 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
The version which we use in the Church of England is based on Matthew’s slightly longer version with an extra section (doxology) at the end.
For thine is the Kingdom the Power and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen
If you look carefully the prayer consists of 7 separate prayers or petitions
It can be seen to contain each of the following types of prayer
- Adoration (worship)
- Confession (saying sorry)
- Supplication (requests)
For this and many reasons it is the central prayer of the Christian church.
Another important type of prayer is listening to God, so feel free to listen to the prayer anew and feel free to think your own thoughts
I hope you enjoy praying the prayer with us here today.