"The Lord's Prayer"

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The Lord's Prayer with a Digital Imagination

The Lord's Prayer

When Jesus' disciples asked about prayer, Jesus gave them this prayer.

Our Father who is in heaven
    Your Name be kept Holy,
    Your kingdom come,
    Your will be done,
    These on earth as they are in heaven
Give us each day our daily bread
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us
Protect us from our time of trial*
and deliver us from evil
For yours is
    the kingdom,
    the power,
    and  the glory
Now and forever

*My own translation is:
Protect us from calamity and affliction

How should The Lord's Prayer be used?

There are a number of translation issues with the Lord's Prayer.

Some people say Holy (or Hallowed) IS your name.  However, the intent was that God's name be kept holy on earth.  We know that God's name IS holy so we ask that it BE kept holy on earth.

There are two ways of looking at the next lines:
Your Name be kept Holy,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

This is the standard view but it does not make a lot of sense.  The first two lines are independent phrases, complete unto themselves. The third line is a dependent phrase and it is not clear, in the above format, what it is modifying.

One way to look at it is:
Your Name be kept Holy,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The last line clearly, here, refers to the where God's will should be followed.  The petition admits that God's will is followed in heaven and they are asking that it be followed on earth.

The alternative is:
Your Name be kept Holy,

Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, 

These on earth as they are in heaven.

along with keeping God's name holy.
This manner shows that the petition is asking that God's kingdom be established on earth as it is in heaven and that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Either form is acceptable and reasonable based on the original Greek.
The question of using trespass, debts, or sins is a good one.  I believe that the English word sins best represents the original Greek.  The original Greek did have overtones of financial debts as well as sins but the modern understanding of debt and debtor does not really include sin.  Sin is an important understanding here.  Trespass is better than debt/debtor, but still, the modern understanding of this word is not the same as what the Greek intended.
In the King James or Authorized translation they use "and lead us not into temptation. Even Martin Luther said that God does not tempt.  This particular translation implies that God might lead us to temptation and we are asking him not to.  It is really not appropriate.  Neither do I feel that "Save us from the time of trial" is much better.  We do have trials and tribulations on earth and we can ask God to protect us from them.  However, most people think of this as a petition to save us from judgment day and that is simply not consistent with the prayer Jesus gave to his disciples.  I feel that using "calamity and affliction is easier to understand.  This was used in the past.

The final line, "For your's is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory" comes to us from the Didiche or The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.  My understanding is that Jesus gave his disciples, what was effectively, a prayer 'header' or the start of a prayer.  The Didiche provided us with the 'footer' so to speak.  This gives us the beginning of a prayer and the last line in the prayer so that we can add what ever petitions, thanks, or praise that we deem appropriate or desirable between "and deliver us from evil" and "Your's is the  Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, now and forever."

We can use The Lord's Prayer as a framework for our own prayer.
Our Father who is in heaven,
Your Name be kept Holy,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven
Give us each day our daily bread
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us
Protect us from calamity and affliction,
and deliver us from evil

Add your own petitions, praise, and thanks right here.

For yours is
    the kingdom,
    the power,
    and  the glory
Now and forever.


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