Exegesis Paper : The Lord 's Prayer

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Matthew 6:9-13 (The Lord’s Prayer)

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed by 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 forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Context This is the teachings of Matthew to the Jewish people about how to pray. Preceding this passage, Matthew explains how a disciple should not be like the hypocrites when they pray (Matthew 6:5). Hypocrites stand on the corner and shout their prayers out so that everyone may hear them. Matthew explains that one should go to his or her room and close the door to pray, which will allow the Father to hear them pray and He will reward it (Matthew 6:6). Matthew also states that one should not use a bunch of meaningless words to pray, such as the pagans do. The Father already knows what one needs, before he even prays for it, which infers that long and elaborate prayers are not necessary to try and impress God (Matthew 6:7-8).

Following this passage, Matthew states that a disciple must forgive others of the wrongs that have been done to them, which will then allow the Father to forgive the disciple. If one does not forgive others of their wrong doings, then God will not forgive the disciple of theirs (Matthew 6:14-15). The passages surrounding the…

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