A Powerful Way to Pray The Lord’s Prayer Personally

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It's easy to remember and recite the words of the Lord's Prayer but what if Jesus meant for us to merely use it as a model and to pray it in our own words pouring our hearts out to God personally.

It can be easy to remember and recite the words of the Lord’s Prayer but what if Jesus meant for us to use it as a model and pray it in our own words … personally pouring our hearts out to the Father?

It’s called The Lord’s Prayer because it’s the prayer Jesus taught His followers. Countless generations of believers have memorized it, recited it in unison, and quietly repeated it privately.

Jesus said, “Pray like this…”

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:9–13 (ESV)

He had just finished telling them to avoid showy prayers and to stay away from mindlessly repeating the same words over and over again.

Wow! I wonder how often I have been guilty of mindlessly reciting this prayer repeating words without connecting my heart and mind. I’ll admit, that Jesus’ words both convict and challenge me.

So, I decided to pray The Lord’s Prayer personally, taking each phrase and petition and lifting them to the Father in my own words.

A Powerful Way to Pray The Lord’s Prayer Personally

It's easy to remember and recite the words of the Lord's Prayer but what if Jesus meant for us to merely use it as a model and to pray it in our own words pouring our hearts out to God personally.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in Heaven

Father, You are the Creator of the Universe, Savior of all mankind, and Spirit of Truth. You are Lord of all, Alpha and Omega, King of kings and Lord of lords. You alone are God. And You are my Heavenly Father. You are personal and loving, know everything about me, and still, You forgive me covering me with Your mercy and grace. You alone are worthy of all my praise.

Hallowed be Your name…

Father, Your name is holy. You are perfect in every way; set apart from all creation. Your name is to be honored and I pray that it will be faithfully honored by me. May Your name be so perfectly precious to me that I only use it in ways that worship and adore You, Yahweh … the I AM!

Your kingdom come

Father, I pray that I will SEEK Your Kingdom above everything else in life. By the power of Your Spirit please guide me in Your TRUTH and help me realize the blessing of living according to Your will. Please help me, together with all who KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE You, to share the message of Your saving grace to a broken and hurting world. You have said that You are coming soon and to that I pray, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)

Your will be done

In all things, Father, I pray that I will willingly surrender my will to You. Your Word promises that You cause “everything to work together for the good of those who love [You] and are called according to [Your] purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28) Even when I don’t understand, I believe Your will is best. So, yes! May Your will be done and may it be done by me.

On earth as it is in heaven

In the perfection of heaven, things are as You intended them to be here on earth. Father, You lovingly gave people free will and we chose poorly. I pray that all who trust and love You through faith in Jesus will obey You the way You are obeyed in heaven. And I pray for that day when You will through Your Son, Jesus, restore heaven on earth. Until then, help me fix my eyes on my Savior for He alone is the One who makes possible my hope-filled future.

Give me this day my daily bread

Father, when You fed Your children in the wilderness, You gave them what they needed one day at a time. Help me to be satisfied with this day’s blessings. I don’t want to worry about tomorrow but completely trust in Your loving care. I want to be a faithful steward of Your gifts, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. By Your grace, help me to be thankful and wise with all Your blessings.

Forgive me my sins, as I forgive those who sin against me…

Father, forgive me. I am so very sorry. I want to trust and obey You in all I think, do, and say but I know I fail. I am guilty of being prideful and judgmental. I don’t live according to Your commands and instructions. I can be selfish and slow to forgive the way You desire. Please cover me with Your mercy and grace. I know I deserve Your punishment but through Your love, You allow me to learn and grow … You draw me close.

Please, Father, You are so gracious to forgive each repentant heart. Please help me forgive as you have faithfully and generously forgiven me.

Lead me not into temptation but deliver us from evil...

Father, I know that You love me and that You would never tempt me to sin. I pray that You will guard my heart and mind and protect me from the enemy’s lies, the world’s sinful distractions, and my own sinful nature. Please protect me from those things that work to defeat and discourage me. Jesus has won the victory and with His help … I believe the victory can be won in me.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Yes, Father God, Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. It always has been and it always will be. You are God Almighty. (El Shaddai) You are the God who sees me. (El Roi) You are the God who provides. (Jehovah Jirah) You are the Lord of my heart, mind, soul, and strength.

I love You and praise You and with Your help, I will live each day to bring You glory now and forever. Amen.

It’s funny, many of us grew up praying the Lord’s Prayer in church and at home. We’ve prayed it so often it’s easy to repeat its words without thinking.

But today, let’s pause and remember just how amazing it is that the God of the universe wants us to come to Him in prayer, promises to hear us, and faithfully assures us that He will give us everything we need.

That’s our loving Father.

So, the next time you pray the Lord’s Prayer, make it personal. Tell Your Father how much You love Him and need Him and then “be still” and trust Him with everything else.

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  1. Martha Orlando says:

    I love this, Deb. We should always reflect upon these words of the Lord’s Prayer when we say them in worship. I will try this!
    Blessings, my friend!

  2. Raquel G. says:

    Hello, Deb,

    Sending love and prayers your way.
    Our beautiful Lord’s Prayer, also known as our Father’s Prayer is a guidance and application on how we should be praying. It encourages Christians to cling to God’s will, to seek God’s help in avoiding temptation and to seek forgiveness.
    God, is interested in our communicating with Him and speaking from our hearts than He is in the specific words we use.
    Daily prayers/communication will bless us, our families, and those you pray for.
    God is loving and so good to us, and He longs to hear from us in prayers.

    “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

    Deb, may you have a blessed, peaceful and joyful week.

    Because of Calvary,

    1. Thank you for sharing this, Raquel. God be with you and bless you!

  3. It is so easy, in our busy world to go through the motions. It is one thing to say the words of our prayers and the Apostles Creed, or even hymns, but to actually disect them and feel them is what our Lord wants. How happy it must make his heart to know that we would take the time to pray as he taught adding our own heart felt worship. I love this. It is a great reminder to dig deeper than the surface of just words and actually feel and know the true meaning.

    1. Beautifully said, Emmie. Thank you for visiting and for stopping to join the conversation. God bless you!

  4. Cindy johns says:

    Deb, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. May our dear lord give you peace courage and love as you move forward. It’s ok to step back and take the time you need. Grieving is such a process. Your true comfort is knowing he is with the lord. It is always hard being the one left behind. My prayers are with you as you learn to navigate through so many things coming your way in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you so much for your wise words. As usual you are so gracious and uplifting. I always look forward to your words and wisdom ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Grieving fears like a roller coaster – I have moments when I feel God’s peace and strength and then I get hit with overwhelming emotion. I’m so very thankful to be able to run to the Lord through it all. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. God be with you and bless you!

  5. Shenika Tucker says:

    I love , love , love this ❤️

    1. I’m so glad it blessed you, Shenika. Thank you for taking the time to me know. Blessings!

  6. Lisa Turcotte says:

    Thank you ! This is so powerful and helpful!
    I do try to make my prayers personal and use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words of encouragement, Lisa. God bless you!