THE LORD’S PRAYER PARAPHRASED
“Our Father who art in heaven”
- We thank You and bless You, O God, for permitting, such sinful beings as we are, to call You Father. What manner of love is this, that we should be called the sons of God?
- Our Father, we have sinned against heaven and in Your sight, and are not worthy to be called Your children.
- Look upon us, O Father, as poor, weak, ignorant and helpless children. Pity us according to Your goodness, even as a father pities his own children.
- May we show by our lives that You are our Father.
- Grant that we may love You with all our hearts and minds, and souls and strength.
“Hallowed be Your name”
- That we may glorify Your name, by walking before You in righteousness and true holiness all. our days.
- May the end of all our designs and actions, be Your glory, O God.
- But Ah! how little have we done to promote Your glory!
- God be merciful unto us. Glorify Your own name, O God, by saving such miserable sinners as we are, and ever have been, since we were born.
“Let Your Kingdom come”
- Do, O King of Saints, establish Your kingdom of grace in our hearts: may we be Your subjects out of choice, and ever yield to You, willing obedience.
- O that Your Holy Spirit may direct and rule our hearts; subdue in us all pride and covetousness, hatred, malice, lust and all uncleanness, and whatever shall offend You.
- May Your kingdom be set up in every heart.
- Bless the pious endeavors of all those who strive to propagate the gospel of Christ; and may its saving truths be received in all the world.
“Your will be done on earth as it is heaven”
- As Your angels above do perfectly perform Your will, so may we below, as far as the frailty of our nature will allow.
- May Your will, revealed to us in Your Holy Word, be the rule of our will, of our desires, of our words and actions.
- Heavenly Father, subdue in us whatever is contrary to Your holy will.
- Grant that we may ever study to know Your will, that we may know how to please You.
- Subdue in us that natural aversion which we have to do Your will, O God.
- May we ever say with our hearts, not my will, but Yours be done.
- Should affliction come upon us, may we say it is the Lord, let Him do what seems good to Him.
- Keep our minds in such a temper, that we may ever do with Your will, whenever it is made known to us.
- We adore Your goodness in making Your will known to us, and in showing us the way to everlasting life.
- May we walk in the good way that You lead us and at last find rest to our souls.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
- Daily, O God, we have our source in You, for we depend on You for life and breath, and all things.
- May we be content and thankful for our present condition, to which, as sinners, we have no right. Having food and raiment, may we be content.
- You, O Father, know what we stand in need of; give us those things which You see proper.
- May we never use any unlawful ways of getting our daily bread.
- Dispose our hearts to give to those who are in want, of what You have given us, more than our daily bread.
- But especially, we pray, O Father, to give us that bread which nourishes us unto eternal life.
- Do so daily nourish our souls with grace, as You do our bodies with food.
- May we seek first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and then trust in You that all other things will be added to us.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”
- May we be kindly affectionate, one towards another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as You, O Lord, for Christ’s sake, have forgiven us.
- May we remember Your goodness, Your patience, Your mercy towards us, and the multitude of our offences against You, that we may, from our hearts, forgive all that have offended us.
- You have been all merciful to us, O God; grant that we may be so to all others.
- And may we never expect vainly Your forgiveness, without first forgiving those who may have injured us. But, O God, even the power to perform this forgiveness, must be from Your grace; so weak and sinful are we, that we cannot attain it of ourselves. Enable us then by Your grace, freely from our hearts to forgive others, as we hope to be forgiven of You.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
- You, O Father, know our infirmities, and the power of our enemies; be not far from us in the hour of temptation.
- Make us mindful of our weakness, that we may be more watchful and persistent for our want of Your grace.
- Fortify our souls against the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil.
- Let nothing provoke You to leave us to ourselves.
- In all our temptations, give us power to resist and overcome.
- Deliver us from the wiles and artifices of Satan.
- Deliver us, we pray You, O God, from sin in this world, and misery in the next.
“For Your is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.”
- To You, therefore, and to You alone, do we apply for help.
- Into Your hands do we now commit ourselves.
- Do for us far more and better, than we are able to ask or think, and all the praise be Yours forever and ever.
Book: Christian’s Daily Companion SELECTED FROM THE PRAYERS OF BISHOPS WILSON AND ANDREWS TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPILATION FROM PALMER’S AND COTTERILL’S FORMULARIES.
PUBLISHED BY ELIJAH WEEMS, FOR GABRIEL NOURSE
Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2014