pray

WITH BOLD CONFIDENCE


Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.

C.S. LEWIS


Our Father, who art in heaven.

God tenderly invites you to believe He's truly your Father and you're truly His child. With boldness and confidence you may come to Him, as a dear son or daughter of a loving father.

Hallowed by Thy name.

God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but pray it may be kept holy in your life also through the true and pure teaching of His Word, and your leading a holy life according to it. (For anyone among us who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God.)

Thy kingdom come.

The kingdom of God comes by itself without your prayer, but pray it may also come to you through the heavenly Father giving you His Holy Spirit, that by His grace you believe His holy Word and lead a godly life here in time and thereafter in eternity.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

God’s good and gracious will is done whether you pray or not. But may it be accomplished in your life through Him breaking and hindering every evil plan and intention of the devil, the world, and your sinful nature. For these do not want you to keep His name holy or let His kingdom come. His good and gracious will is to strengthen and keep you firm in His Word and faith to the day of your death.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Indeed, God gives daily bread to everyone without them asking—even to people who are evil—but pray He’d lead you to recognize His giving of daily bread and to receive it with thanksgiving. Your "daily bread" is everything which helps support and sustain your body, such as food and drink, clothing and shoes, house and home, farms and animals, money and property; faithful spouses, children, workers, and leaders; good government, weather, health, decency, reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and so much more.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

May our Father in heaven not look at our sins, or deny our prayer on account of them, for we’re neither deserving of the things for which we pray, nor have we earned anything. May He grant your prayer not according to what you deserve—for we all daily sin much—but rather by grace. So too, you would forgive from the heart and happily do good to anyone who sins against you.

Lead us not into temptation.

Certainly God tempts no one, but we still pray He’d guard and protect us from the devil, the world, and our sinful nature so they wouldn't be able to deceive or mislead us into false belief, despair, and otherwise shameful and evil living. Although you battle these things, may you finally overcome and be victorious over them.

Deliver us from evil.

Wrapping up your prayers, ask your Father in heaven to rescue you from every evil which would harm you in body and soul, possessions or reputation; and that when death finally does come upon you, He would give you a blessed end and graciously take you from this valley of tears to be with Him in heaven.

Amen.

You can be certain these prayers are pleasing to your Father in heaven and are heard by Him. He Himself has commanded you to pray this way and promised to hear you. “Amen” means “Yes, indeed, it shall come about.”