Wednesday, December 2, 2015

praying the Lord's prayer

The prayer below is a paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6), based upon the Westminster Shorter Catechism as adapted by Matthew Henry.  Language is modernized. 

Our Father in heaven, we come to you as children to a Father able and ready to help us.  

We implore you, let your name be sanctified; enable us and others to glorify you in all things by which you have made yourself known, and dispose of all things to your own glory.  

Let your kingdom come; let Satan’s kingdom be destroyed, and let the kingdom of your grace be advanced; let us and others be brought into it, and kept in it, and let the kingdom of your glory be hastened.  

Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven; make us by your grace able and willing to know, obey, and submit to your will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.  

Give us this day our daily bread; of your free gift let us receive a adequate portion of the good things of this life, and let us enjoy your blessing with them.  

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. We pray that for Christ’s sake you would freely pardon all our sins, and that by your grace you would enable us from the heart to forgive others.  

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Either keep us, O Lord, from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted. 

For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Lord, we take our encouragement in prayer from yourself only and desire in our prayers to praise you, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to you: And in testimony of our desires and assurance to be heard through Jesus Christ, we say Amen.

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