Some texts referencing the Lord's Prayer (LP)
in the published writings of Mary Baker Eddy
The Lord's Prayer is the prayer of Soul, not of material sense.
Our Master taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord's Prayer. Our Master said, "After this manner therefore pray ye," and then he gave that prayer which covers all human needs. There is indeed some doubt among Bible scholars, whether the last line is not an addition to the prayer by a later copyist; but this does not affect the meaning of the prayer itself. In the phrase, "Deliver us from evil," the original properly reads, "Deliver us from the evil one." This reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition, for Christian Science teaches us that "the evil one," or one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars.
Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord's Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.
Here let me give what I understand to be the spiritual sense of the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father which art in heaven,Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
Hallowed be Thy name.Adorable One.
Thy kingdom come.Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Enable us to know,--as in heaven, so on earth,--God is omnipotent, supreme.
Give us this day our daily bread;Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And Love is reflected in love;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
Article XX. SUNDAY SCHOOL... Subject for Lessons. SECT. 3. The first lessons of the children should be the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17), the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13), and its Spiritual Interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy, Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3-12).
He [Jesus] lived the spirit of his prayer,--"Thy kingdom come." Shall we repeat our Lord's Prayer when the heart denies it, refuses to bear the cross and to fulfil the conditions of our petition?
Among the list of blessings infinite I count these dear: Devout orthodox parents; my early culture in the Congregational Church; the daily Bible reading and family prayer; my cradle hymn and the Lord's Prayer, repeated at night; my early association with distinguished Christian clergymen, who held fast to whatever is good, used faithfully God's Word, and yielded up graciously what He took away.
The Lord's Prayer, understood in its spiritual sense, and given its spiritual version, can never be repeated too often for the benefit of all who, having ears, hear and understand.
All Christian churches have one bond of unity, one nucleus or point of convergence, one prayer,--the Lord's Prayer. It is matter for rejoicing that we unite in love, and in this sacred petition with every praying assembly on earth,--"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
Copyright 1996-2002 Robert Nguyen Cramer