A Simple Way To Pray

Martin Luther


Praying the Lord's Prayer


From a Letter to His Barber, Master Peter Beskendorf, Spring 1535

Matt 6:9-13 ESV


Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day 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 evil.



Hallowed be your name.

”Yes, Lord God, dear Father, hallowed be your name, both in us and throughout the whole world. Destroy the abominations, idolatry, heresy and all false teachers and fanatics who wrongly use your name and in scandalous ways take it in vain and blaspheme it. Some insistently boast that they teach your word though they really use the devil's deceit and trickery in your name to wretchedly seduce many throughout the world, even killing and shedding much innocent blood. In such persecution they believe that they render you a divine service. Dear Lord God, convert and restrain. Convert those who are still to be converted that they with us may hallow and praise your name, both with true and pure doctrine and with a good and holy life. Restrain those who are unwilling to be converted so that they be forced to cease from misusing, defiling, and dishonouring your holy name and from misleading the people. Amen."


Your kingdom come.

”O dear Lord, God and Father, you see how worldly wisdom and reason not only profane your name and ascribe the honour due to you to lies and to the devil, but how they also take the power, might, wealth and glory which you have given them on earth for ruling the world and thus serving thee, and use it in their own ambition to oppose your kingdom. They are many and mighty; they plague and hinder the people of your kingdom who are weak, despised, and few. They will not tolerate your flock on earth and think that by plaguing them they render a great and godly service. Dear Lord, God and Father, convert them and defend us. Convert those who are still to become children and members of your kingdom so that they with us and we with them may serve you in your kingdom in true faith and unfeigned love so that we may together enter into your eternal kingdom. Defend your children against those who will not turn away their might and power from the destruction of your kingdom  Amen." 


Your will be done.

”O dear Lord, God and Father, you know that the world, if it cannot destroy your name or your kingdom, is busy day and night with wicked tricks and schemes, strange conspiracies and intrigue,  together in secret counsel, giving mutual encouragement and support, raging and threatening and going about with every evil intention to destroy your name, your word, your kingdom, and your children. Therefore, dear Lord, God and Father, convert them and defend us. Convert those who have yet to acknowledge your good will that they with us. With them may we obey your will and for your sake gladly, patiently, and joyously bear every evil, cross, and adversity, and so acknowledge, test, and experience your benign, gracious, and perfect will. But defend us against those who in their rage, fury, hate, threats, and evil desires do not cease to do your children harm. Make their wicked schemes, tricks, and devices to come to nothing so that these may be turned against them, as we read in Psalm 7.


1. O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,

2  Lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,

4 if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause,

5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. 


6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgement.

7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.

8 The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.

9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous—you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;

13 He has prepared for him his deadly weapons; making his arrows fiery shafts.

14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.

15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.

16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.


Give us this day our daily bread.

 "Dear Lord, God and Father, grant us your blessing in this temporal and physical life. Graciously grant us your blessed peace. Protect us against war, disease and disorder. Grant our Queen and our Government wisdom and understanding to rule over this earthly kingdom in peace. Grant to all rulers of the nations good counsel and the will to preserve their countries and their subjects in tranquility and justice. Grant that all the subjects of this land serve loyally and obediently. Grant to us all diligence  and the ability to display love and loyalty toward each other. Give us our daily provisions.We commend our homes and our families to you. Grant that  may manage them well, supporting and educating children and loved ones as a Christian should. Defend us against the Destroyer and all his wicked angels who would do us harm and mischief in this life. Amen.”


Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

"O dear Lord, God and Father, Forgive us, that we are so unthankful for your great goodness, spiritual and physical, or that we stray into sin many times every day, more often than we can know or recognise, We pray the prayer of Psalm 19.: “Do not look upon how good or how wicked we have been but only upon the infinite compassion which you have bestowed upon us in Christ, your dear Son, our Saviour.  Grant forgiveness also to those who have harmed or wronged us, as we forgive them from our hearts. They inflict the greatest injury upon themselves by arousing your anger in their actions toward us. We are not helped by their ruin; we would much rather that they be saved with us. Amen." 


And lead us not into temptation.

"O dear Lord, Father and God, keep us fit and alert, eager and diligent in your word and service, so that we do not become complacent, lazy, and slothful as though we had already achieved everything. In that way the devil cannot fall upon us, surprise us and deprive us of your precious word or stir up strife and factions among us and lead us into other sin and disgrace, both spiritually and physically. Rather grant us wisdom and strength through your Holy Spirit that we may valiantly resist him and gain the victory. Amen.”


But deliver us from evil.

"O dear Lord, God and Father, this life is so full of misery and calamity, of danger and uncertainty, so full of malice and faithlessness (as St. Paul says, "The days are evil") that we might rightfully grow weary of life and long for death. But you, dear Father, know our frailty; therefore help us to pass in safety through so much wickedness and villainy; and, when our last hour comes, in your mercy grant us a blessed departure from this vale of sorrows so that in the face of death we do not become fearful or despondent but in firm faith commit our souls into your hands. Amen."