For the fourth and final week of our blog series on Finding Peace As You Pray The Lord’s Prayer, I’m posting in German. The featured Holy Bible selection is from the revision of Martin Luther’s translation, the German DELUT—Lutherbibel 1960.
Jesus’ disciples requested that He teach them how to pray. Thus, we find in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 6, Verses 9-13 what some have called the model prayer. We can learn this prayer and say it by rote. But we also can use it as a model for our own personal prayer in our own words.
My interpretation of Its elements include the acknowledgment of: God as Father (verse 9), His celestial dwelling place (verse 9), the perfect sacredness of His name (verse 9), our desire for His kingdom and His will to be done on the earth where we live (verse 10), our need for Him to provide for us each day (verse 11), our need for forgiveness on God’s part when we do wrong (verse 12), our need to forgive others (verse 12), the necessity of God’s strength so we will not yield to temptation (verse 13), and God’s power for deliverance over evil (verse 13). Then we end our prayer as we began it—with praise as we extol His kingdom and His power and His glory forever! (verse 13). Amen (So be it)!
Below is the Unser Vater auf Deutsch (The Our Father in German). Don’t just read it. Pray it. Let its words speak to your heart and your life. If you need to see and hear it in another language, you may choose from hundreds of languages by going to www.Bible.com
Unser Vater in dem Himmel!
Dein Name werde geheiligt.
Dein Reich komme.
Dein Wille geschehe
auf Erden wie im Himmel.
Unser täglich Brot gib uns heute.
Und vergib uns unsere Schuld,
wie wir unseren Schuldigern vergeben.
Und führe uns nicht in Versuchung,
sondern erlöse uns von dem Übel.
Denn dein ist das Reich
und die Kraft
und die Herrlichkeit
Finding Peace Through Prayer
Connie Carlisle Polley, 2022