9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
12 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
13 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
(3 Nephi 13:9-13)
During His sermon to the Nephites, Jesus Christ gave them an example of a righteous prayer. This prayer, which also appears (with some variation) in the Sermon on the Mount, is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer.
Here are a few characteristics of the prayer that I find meaningful:
- He begins by addressing God, simply and reverently. “Our Father” reminds us of our relationship with Him: He loves us as a parent loves a child. “Who art in heaven” reminds us of His exalted state, emphasizing that His knowledge and power are infinitely greater than our own.
- He expresses His love for God by wishing aloud for God’s name to be “hallowed,” or revered, and for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.
- He asks for forgiveness, but acknowledges that this blessing is conditional: we must forgive to be forgiven.
- He asks for protection and deliverance. God can help us avoid sin, and He can also help us overcome the trials we experience.
- He ends by again acknowledging God’s greatness and power. The term “Amen” at the end of the prayer expresses both a conviction that His words are true and a solemn commitment to live according to their meaning. (See “Amen” in the Guide to the Scriptures.)
Today, I will strive to pray as the Savior taught. I will address my Heavenly Father reverently and express my love for Him. I will ask for forgiveness for my sins while remembering that I must also forgive others. I will request both protection from evil and deliverance from the trials I experience. And I will conclude with an unwavering commitment to act according to the words I have spoken.