A Paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer

Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Lord's_Prayer_(Le_Pater_Noster)_-_James_TissotI came across a paraphrase from the 17th and 18th century Puritan Matthew Henry in A Method for Prayer I decided to paraphrase his paraphrase into a more modern version, since I found his to be very helpful and thorough, capturing the richness of the Lord’s Prayer. Hope it helps bring you closer to the Lord as you go to Him in prayer!

Our Father in heaven, we come to You as children to a Father able and ready to help us.

We ask Your name to be sanctified, so enable us to glorify You according to all you have made known, and make all things to Your own glory.

Let Your kingdom come; let Satan’s kingdom be destroyed, and let the kingdom of Your grace be advanced; let us and others be brought into it, and kept in it, and let the kingdom of Your glory come quickly.

Let Your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven; make us by Your grace able and willing to know, obey, and submit to Your will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.

Give us this day all of our provisions; of Your free gift let us receive an excellent portion of the good things of this life, and let us enjoy Your blessing with them.

And forgive us our sins as we forgive them that sin against us. We pray that for Christ’s sake You would freely pardon all our sins, and that by Your grace you would enable us from the heart to forgive others.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Either keep us, O Lord, from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.

For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Lord, we take our encouragement in prayer from Yourself only, and desire in our prayers to praise you, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to you: And in testimony of our desires and assurance to be heard through Jesus Christ, we say Amen.


Grace and Peace!



  1. Every moment we meditate on our Father, son and Holy Spirit, we are closer to Him. The closer, the better. Let us do God’s will.