The Lord’s Prayer
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street
corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in
secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them,
for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“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 lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
After Jesus warns
His disciples not to pray in an ostentatious or merely repetitious manner, He provides them with a prayer of which Luther wrote, “There is no nobler prayer to be found upon earth” (LC III 23). Luther also called the Lord’s Prayer “the
greatest martyr” because “everybody tortures and abuses it; few take comfort and joy in its proper use” (AE 43:200). We may at times utter the Lord’s Prayer thoughtlessly. Yet, our Father is fully attentive at all times to our needs
and desires. This is our comfort and our joy.
I pray: Father, thank You for listening when I come to You in prayer. Amen.