What you need to know about the prayer
The Lord’s Prayer is one of the basic and fundamental prayers in Christianity and most children grow up knowing it. In some schools, it is taught in the elementary level. However, to a person who is new to the Christian faith or a new believer, it may present some challenges. The prayer is simple to remember if only one commits the prayer to memory. In this hub, you will learn just how to do that. In addition the prayer can become a standard by which one can understand how we are expected to address God in prayer. Understanding the words and the meaning of the prayer itself may be just one of the best keys to remembering the prayer. The words of the prayer are simple and straight forward. The prayer also covers some of the main areas that one would normally need to pray about even in one’s private prayer. This is how the prayer goes;
Our Lord's Prayer
Our father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Let thy kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,
Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
Five Top Ways to Help You Remember
- Learning the meaning of the Prayer. As earlier mentioned, when you know the essence of something, it is easier for you to want to remember that thing. Like learning a mathematical formula, just writing it without understanding is not so useful. That is why the teachers teach the students how to derive formulas.
- Reciting the prayer before sleeping and on waking up. Jesus taught the disciples the prayer as a complete package by itself. If you are not yet familiar with Christian prayers, this can be a perfect starting point.
- Making the prayer into a memorable song. This is especially helpful to younger people. Most of the thinks we learnt in school as young children were those that we could read as a recital or a song. When a reading exercise gets a rhythm, it is easier to keep the words in the mind.
- Pinning the prayer on you wall. One of the most common ways that people remind themselves about appointments or “To-do-things” is by pinning a reminder in the dressing table or on the fridge door. That way, whenever you see the reminder, you know what you need to do when and where. Why not borrow this idea?
- Praying along with others in church. Most churches do the Lord’s Prayer at least once during the course of the service. It can be very helpful to pray along even if it means mumbling in the first few days. Soon, you will learn to say it as good as the others. You can make this part of you every day prayer.
Lessons on the power of prayer that we can learn from the Lord’s Prayer
- The power of provision. After many studies done by researchers over time, there has been astounding proof that prayer can produce many positive results. When we say ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, it drives home the scripture that says say “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7).
- The power pardon. We know through scripture that the main goal for the coming of our savior Jesus Christ was to fulfill the redemption plan of God. Jesus wanted us to know that through prayer, the remission of sins can be obtained. Not only that, but also that we too need to forgive others as we seek our own forgiveness.
- The power of fortification. One of the inherent drivers of prayer for many people is fear. Whenever people find themselves in desperate situations, the most common reaction that they have is to whisper a prayer for help. That is something that the Lord’s Prayer offers to all those who use it.
- The Kingdom of heaven on earth. The ultimate goal for all believers is to be in heaven when their lives come to an end on earth. However, Jesus was letting his disciples know that they did not have to wait for an eternity; they could ask for the kingdom of heaven here on earth then. We can ask for it now.