The Lord's Prayer by Jesus (song)

This is the prayer to God that Jesus recommended to his students, sung with music (headphones or good speakers recommended) using two translations of Matthew 6:9-13 - the King James Version and the Lost Gospels of Jesus:

King James Version:

"Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Lost Gospels of Jesus:

"Our spiritual LORD, Holy is Your Name.
Show us Your sanctuary. May Your will be done on earth as it is in the spiritual realm.
Give us today the food that sustains life.
Please forgive our offenses, as we forgive those who offend us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from wickedness.
For You are the sanctuary, the power and the glory for ever Amen."

Or you can listen and download the song (feel free to record your voice over and upload it):

About the Lord's Prayer:

The Lord's Prayer is Jesus's suggested prayer for his followers. However, this doesn't mean that he wanted his followers to blindly recite the prayer as a ritual. We can tell this by Jesus' statement to his followers:
And when you pray, do not do what the hypocrites do, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so they may be seen by others. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your closet and shut the door, and pray to your LORD who is in secret; and your LORD who sees what is done secretly shall reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use tedious repetition as the pagans do, for they assume they will be heard due to their many words. Don’t be like them, for your LORD knows what things you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:5-8)
From this statement ,we know that Jesus was not giving his followers a prayer that they had to blindly recite in public in order to fit in or seem religious. This is precisely the opposite of Jesus' statement above.

So if we are standing up in church reciting the Lord's prayer, or standing on the street corners to be seen by others while reciting the Lord's prayer, we are specifically contradicting Jesus' own teachings. Even though we might be reciting his prayer.

Jesus also states not to "use tedious repetition as the pagans do." Tedious repetition is pretty clear. Jesus doesn't want us to just recite something over and over without it coming from the heart. He wants us to pray to God according to our feelings and emotions. He wants us to connect with the Supreme Being with our hearts as we pray to Him.

Can we recite the Lord's Prayer then?

This doesn't necessarily mean that we can't repeat or recite the Lord's Prayer of Jesus. Certainly, Jesus is suggesting that we can, since he also said, "Therefore, you can pray in this way" (Matthew 6:9) before he told them this prayer.

This means that we can certainly recite the Lord's Prayer, assuming that we are reciting it from our heart. We can sincerely take these words into our heart and even though we may have limited understanding, we can seek God and seek a relationship with Him as we recite Jesus' prayer.

By reciting the Lord's Prayer from the heart, we can humbly consider the meaning of these words as we consider the intimate loving relationship that Jesus had with the Supreme Being. This provides a bridge that helps us connect to God through the relationship that Jesus enjoys with the Supreme Being.

This doesn't mean that we cannot pray to God in our own words, privately. Certainly, Jesus is suggesting that we do this. But we can also recite the Lord's prayer in a group setting, where we can bond as a group in devotion to Jesus and the Supreme Being.

The bottom line is that with this prayer, Jesus is telling his students to establish a private and personal relationship with the Supreme Being. Let's review the prayer (Lost Gospels Version) verse by verse:

"Our spiritual LORD, Holy is Your Name."

Jesus is suggesting that the Name of God is Holy. The word "holy" is translated from the Greek word, ἁγιάζω (hagiazō). Many sectarian versions have translated this to be "hallowed." But Thayer's lexicon clearly states the word means to "declare sacred or holy." While "hallowed" is not necessarily wrong, it is clear that "holy" would be more appropriate. This is also because the word also relates to something that is purifying or "renewing" according to the lexicon.

God's Name is holy because the Supreme Being is all-powerful, most beautiful, most loving and most caring. He is our Best Friend and Soul Mate. And because the Supreme Being is all-powerful, His Holy Names are also full of His potency and power. Unlike the dualistic nature of this world, where we are separate from our names, the Holy Name of God is connected to God. The Holy Name of God is purifying because God's Holy Name maintains His nature. God's Holy Name is non-different from God. That is why it is Holy.

"Show us Your sanctuary."

Sectarian translations like to say, "your kingdom come." But what does this mean? How does God's kingdom "come"? Come where? Is that like fetching someone or a pet by saying, "come here?" Certainly that is not what Jesus is saying.

The Greek statement is, ελθετω η βασιλεια. The word ελθετω means to "come into being" or "show itself" according to the lexicon.

And the word βασιλεια is typically translated to "kingdom," yet the lexicon clearly states, "royal power, kingship, dominion, rule - not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom."

What does a person who has the authority and dominion offer to their subjects? Sanctuary. This means protection, but also peace and tranquility. This is what God offers to those who come to depend upon the Supreme Being.

Therefore, Jesus is suggesting that we seek God's sanctuary. This is another way of saying that we take shelter or refuge in God.

"May Your will be done on earth as it is in the spiritual realm."

Jesus is suggesting that his followers become servants of God. This is what it means to become God's servant. To do whatever pleases the Supreme Being. Typically, if a person wants to please someone else voluntarily (in other words not for something in return) they are loving or at least caring about that person. This is what Jesus wants his followers to do: To love the Supreme Being. This is why Jesus also said:
“ ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:37-38)

"Give us today the food that sustains life."

Many translations of this part of Jesus' prayer say something to the effect of, "Give us today our daily bread." 

For these translations, we must ask, what is "our daily bread?" Such a translation implies that Jesus is telling his followers to ask God for bread every day. Is that right?\

No. Jesus was not telling his students to pray for bread every day. Rather, he was speaking of spiritual food. This is why Jesus said elsewhere:
“A person lives not on food alone, but upon every message that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
"For this reason I say to you, don’t be anxious about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body and what you will wear. Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25)
“My food is to do what pleases Him who sent me and to complete His work." (John 4:34)
"Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Servant of Humanity will give you. For on him the Creator, God, has authorized.” (John 6:27)
“Very truly I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the food from heaven, but it is my LORD who gives you the true food from the spiritual realm. For the food of God is that which comes out of the spiritual realm and gives life to the world.” (John 6:32)
We can see from these statements and others that the "food" Jesus is referring to in the Lord's Prayer is certainly not "daily bread." It is the spiritual food given to us by the Supreme Being. This is the food that the soul is sustained by.

That food, as stated by Jesus, is a loving relationship with the Supreme Being. It is this loving relationship that provides us with the incentive of pleasing the Supreme Being - which Jesus refers to in John 4:34 above.

"Please forgive our offenses, as we forgive those who offend us."

Some translations use the word "debts." But does this even make sense when referring to forgiving the debts of others. That would assume that others might owe us something. Jesus' followers were simple people. They weren't lenders who had people who owed them debts or something.

The Greek word in question is ὀφείλημα (opheilēma). This word can mean "something owed" but also, "offence" according to Thayer's lexicon. Because offending someone is done quite easily, it is more common. A person can easily offend someone else, by treating them disrespectfully in any manner, by saying something or doing something.

And certainly, it is offending God that we are all guilty of, and need to ask forgiveness for. Offending God starts by simply ignoring Him in our life, at some point or another or most of the time. Being self-centered is offending God because God loves us unconditionally.

To virtually ignore someone who loves us dearly and wants to the best for us is certainly offensive.

This contrasts with how we often will feel offended just by someone not giving us good service or premium treatment. Sometimes we are offended if someone is not polite to us in public, for example.

But if we are always forgiving those who offend us, even if they do not ask for it, then we are also prepared to be forgiven of our offenses. Why?

Because by forgiving others, we become ready to reciprocate the love that is extended to us by the Supreme Being.

We are all children of God. If we are always ready to forgive others, then we also become ready to be forgiven.

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from wickedness."

Asking God to help us become strong and able to combat the temptations of this world is actually part and parcel of delivering us from wickedness.

What is wickedness in this case? Wickedness is self-centeredness. It is looking out for ourselves, or the extensions of ourselves, our physical family.

Such a consciousness is wickedness because it is focused upon what I get, rather than what I give.

By asking God to deliver us from wickedness we are asking Him to help our hearts become purified. Jesus is referring to having a change of heart. Where God becomes more important to our life than our self-centered desires.

"For You are the sanctuary, the power and the glory for ever Amen."

Again, this translation from the Lost Gospels distinguishes God's sanctuary from "kingdom." Because Jesus is not referring to a physical location. He is referring to taking shelter in God, as noted above.

The last phrase here also stresses the importance of this internal decision to take refuge in God. This is a key personal and internal decision, which is communicated by Jesus elsewhere:
“The sanctuary of God does not appear through observation. Neither can you declare, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ Because the sanctuary of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20-21)
We should note that when this is translated to kingdom, it doesn't make much sense:
"The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21 NKJV)
Because the word "kingdom" in this context implies a physical location - and a large one at that when referring to God's kingdom - this would be inconsistent with fitting that kingdom within our hearts