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Prayer

The following prayers are in the Bible

 

The Lord’s Prayer is a both a prayer and a model for our own prayers given by Jesus at the request of his disciples.  You can find it in the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke.  (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4)  It is said by Christians throughout the world.

 

A traditional form                   A modern form

Our Father, who art in heaven,         Our Father, in heaven,        
hallowed be thy name.                      hallowed be your name.
Thy Kingdom come,                          Your Kingdom come,
thy will be done,                              your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven                 on earth as in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.      Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,         Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those                          as we forgive those
who trespass against us.                   who sin against us
And lead us not into temptation,       Save us from the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.                   and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,                  For the kingdom,

the power and the glory.                  the power and the glory are yours

for ever and ever. Amen                   now and for ever. Amen

 

Two Prayers from The Book of Psalms

I lift up my eyes to the hills-

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

                                               Search me, O God and know my heart;

                                                test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

 

Words from Paul in his Letter to the Philippians

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

 

You could use this prayer from the Old Testament to pray for the leaders of countries and nations:

 

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said,

“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered,

“You have shown great kindness to your servant,

my father David, because he was faithful to

you and righteous and upright in heart …

Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king

in place of my father David… So give your servant a

discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish

between right and wrong.” 1 Kings 3:5-8