Matthew 6:9

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name." (Matthew 6:9)

Passage from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’  (Matthew 6:7-13)

Jesus teaches the prayer of Our Father

To his apostles who ask him to teach them to pray, Jesus reveals the words to be addressed to the Father. These are the words by which Jesus prays to his heavenly Father and gives a gift to humanity. In the previous verses, Jesus recommends to his apostles to pray in the secrecy of their hearts and their houses and not ostentatiously, charged with pride. Now he reveals to them the most holy way to raise our souls to the Heavenly Father. This prayer is devoid of selfishness and egocentrism, traps into which man can easily fall.
The six requests addressed to the Father all contribute to his glory: The first three invocations relate expressly to the extension of God’s reign in the world.
The fourth invocation alone presents the expression of our daily needs. The fifth invocation concerns the mercy that we implore of God and our promise to be worthy of it by giving mercy to our brothers (Jesus returns to it in Matthew 6:14-15).
Finally, the last invocation asks for God’s help against temptation.
The prayer of our Father is the first and only prayer taught by Jesus. The evangelist saint Luke also reports the words of Jesus in other words in Luke 11:2-4.

Among Catholics, the Our Father is, with Hail Mary, the central prayer of the recitation of the chaplet and therefore of the prayer of the rosary.

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