Memorize the Lord's Prayer
Have you learnt the Lord’s Prayer yet. Let’s learn the words of the Lord’s prayer. Consider committing the Lord’s Prayer to memory.
What do you think would happen to your Greek reading skills if you committed the Lord’s Prayer to memory? Do you think being able to mentally reflect on the Lords Prayer would benefit you spiritually? I want to encourage you to believe its not as difficult as you might think. There are only 50 words in the Lords Prayer. 30 of the words are extremely common and 20 are less common.
(If you use the flashcard module on this site, you can check exactly how many words you already know.)
Πάτερ ἡμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς·
Τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν τὸν ἐπιούσιον δὸς ἡμῖν σήμερον·
καὶ ἄφες ἡμῖν τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν,
ὡς καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀφίεμεν τοῖς ὀφειλέταις ἡμῶν·
καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν,
The purpose of memorization is not simply because their is value in learning the specific words of this prayer, but because learning the pattern provides us with a model for how we should pray more generally. The church fathers considered this prayer as an ‘ideal outline’ of a prayer.
One early church document from the second century, called the Didache, encourages converts to recite the prayer 3 times per day (Τρὶς τῆς ἡμέρας οὕτω προσεύχεσθε. Did 8:3) My challenge to you for the seven days, is to read this prayer out loud three times per day. Do you think that practicing this prayer 3 times per day for seven days will allow your brain to commit it to memory? Try it and let us know.
To help you achieve this we have the following resources:
- Read the text slowly and carefully.
- Use these flashcards to learn the vocabulary.
- Print the prayer on cardboard, or save it to your phone.
- To listen on the go, download the audio below.
The Lord’s Prayer — Listen and Repeat
Each line of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated 4 times, with space, so that you can practice repeating the words.
The Lord’s Prayer
Listen to the Lord’s Prayer read from start to finish on Youtube or Download the MP3.