Lord's Prayer


Lord's Prayer
Name of the prayer given by Jesus to his disciples at their request (Matt. 6:9–13, and in a slightly different and shorter version, Luke 11:2–4). It is an essentially Jewish prayer, without specific Christian content, and each clause has parallels in Jewish prayers recited in the synagogues. It is primarily a prayer that God will fulfil his purposes in the world, as they already are achieved in heaven. The prayer is thus set in an eschatological [[➝ eschatology]] context and the petition that we may be given our ‘daily’ bread should probably be translated ‘our bread for tomorrow’; it is a prayer for today's necessities in order to be ready for the morrow, whenever that may be, of the coming of the Kingdom.
In some later MSS there is a doxology—‘For yours is the kingdom ...’ (Matt. 6:13), an acknowledgement of the privilege of knowing God as Father.
The prayer invites Jesus' disciples to share in the intimacy with the Father which he himself enjoys but at the same time does not diminish the otherness or holiness of God.

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  • Lord's Prayer — n the Lord s Prayer the most important prayer of the Christian religion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • Lord's Prayer — n. the prayer beginning Our Father, which Jesus taught his disciples: Matt. 6:9 13 …   English World dictionary

  • Lord's Prayer — For alternative meanings, see: Lord s Prayer (disambiguation), Our Father (disambiguation), and Pater Noster (disambiguation). The Sermon on the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch The Lord s Prayer (also called the Pater Noster[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Lord's Prayer — noun the prayer that Christ gave his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9 13) • Instance Hypernyms: ↑prayer • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Paternoster • Part Holonyms: ↑Sermon on the Mount * * * the /prair/ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Lord's Prayer —    The name given to the only form of prayer Christ taught his disciples (Matt. 6:9 13). The closing doxology of the prayer is omitted by Luke (11:2 4), also in the R.V. of Matt. 6:13. This prayer contains no allusion to the atonement of Christ,… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Lord's Prayer — N PROPER: the N The Lord s Prayer is a Christian prayer that was originally taught by Jesus Christ to his followers …   English dictionary

  • Lord's Prayer — noun the Lord s Prayer the most important prayer of the Christian religion …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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