The Lord’s Prayer, My Paraphrase

Tonight at church we did a prayer exercise in which we were asked to read the Lord’s prayer and craft a prayer of our own, for our own situation, based on the example Jesus gave us. Here is what I came up with.


Daddy in Paradise, Your character is good, marvelous, loving and pure. I want your Upside-down Kingdom to be seen and felt here in my neighborhood as it is in your celestial community.

I want your desires to be known and lived out in my city as in your New Jerusalem. Please provide us with just enough food to satisfy us for today and maybe a little extra to give to our neighbors in need.

Forgive us for seeing needs and not meeting them especially when we are spending our time judging others, and help us forgive when we are hurt, disappointed, and accosted.

Pull us out of harm’s way when sin comes looking for us or when we go searching for sin. Set us free as you snatch us out of the hands of our cruel enemy.


How would you prayer read if you were following the model laid out by Christ? How have you come to understand the Lord’s Prayer? What has it meant to you?

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7 Comments on “The Lord’s Prayer, My Paraphrase”

  1. Matt Shafer Says:

    Last year I visited the Open Door Community in Atlanta, a Protestant home in the Catholic Worker tradition. They have a version of the lord’s prayer called “the Jesus prayer”:

    Our Beloved Friend, who is outside the system,
    may your holy name be honored by the way we live our lives.

    Your Beloved Community come,
    your way be done
    inside the system
    as it is outside the system.

    Give us this day everything we need,
    forgive us our wrongs,
    as we forgive those who have wronged us.

    Do not bring us into hard testing,
    but keep us safe from the evil one.

    For thine is the Beloved Community,
    the power, and glory,
    forever and ever.

  2. Ginger Says:

    That is a great, peace filling paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  3. rogueminister Says:

    Matt, I rather enjoyed that prayer you posted as well. I like the community imagery especially.

    Ginger thanks for stopping by and dropping an encouraging note.

  4. Impact Says:

    uuummm daddy? just out of curiousity whats up with that?

  5. rogueminister Says:

    Abba, can mean either Father or Daddy. I prefer Daddy.

  6. jenny Says:

    love it!!

  7. […] to refer to the kingdom. (Both this and the previous one are located in their original context here.) Our Beloved Friend, who is outside the system, may your holy name be honored by the way we live […]

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