The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus Praying

The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4 NRSV)
11 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

A (perhaps better) translation from the original Greek of Luke’s Gospel, and the translation that the James the Just institution uses, reads:

Father, let your name be holy,
Let your kingdom come!
Give us bread of the morrow
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us,
and bring us not to the hour of trial.

Notice that this was Jesus’ response to Jesus’ followers asking him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John [the Baptist] taught his disciples.” Jesus learned the prayer from John. When we say it is the Lord’s Prayer, the title Lord is not referring to Jesus. It is referring to YHVH, whom the Jews referred to as The Lord (Adonai) because it was forbidden for them to pronounce the Holy name of God, represented by the tetragrammaton, the Hebrew name of God transliterated in four letters as YHWH or YHVH and articulated as Yahweh, Yehova or Jehovah.

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