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The mystery of the prayer "Our Father"

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Our Father (Art. Slav .: glag., Cyril. Our Father's Eve; ancient Greek; Latin: Pater noster), also the Lord's Prayer is a prayer in Christianity. According to the gospel, Jesus Christ gave it to his disciples in response to a request to teach them prayer.

The prayer “Our Father” is not just the main words for any Christian, these lines contain a secret meaning, an understanding of God himself and of everything that surrounds us. Many interesting facts and even riddles are connected with this prayer, which can only be comprehended by a true believer.

Prayer history

“Our Father” is the only prayer that the Lord himself has given us. It is believed that it was given to humanity by Christ, and was not invented by saints or ordinary people, and this is where its great power lies.

Given in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke:

Our Father who art in heaven!
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Amen.

(Matthew 6: 9-13)

Our Father who art in heaven!
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us our daily bread for every day;
And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every debtor of ours;
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

(Luke 11: 2-4)

These words reflect all human needs, aspirations and aspirations for the salvation of the soul. The meaning and mystery of this prayer is that it is a universal word of God, which can be used to bless your path, as well as to protect against evil, disease, and from any calamity.

The language of Jesus Christ, which he used in communion with the Jews, was a Galilean dialect of Aramaic, but the Lord’s prayer was not preserved in the original language. All the most ancient texts of the Our Father prayer, which are currently known from manuscripts, are texts in the ancient Greek dialect Koine. In ancient manuscripts, the texts of this prayer are different.

The Lord’s Prayer is given in the Gospels in two versions, more extensive in the Gospel of Matthew and briefly in the Gospel of Luke. The circumstances in which Jesus pronounces the text of the prayer are different. In the Gospel of Matthew, our Father is part of the Sermon on the Mount, while in Luke Jesus gives the disciples this prayer in response to a direct request “to teach how to pray.”

The version of the Gospel of Matthew was widely spread in the Christian world as the main Christian prayer, and the use of our Father as a prayer dates back to the earliest Christian times. The text of Matthew is reproduced in Didach, the most ancient monument of Christian literature of catechical character (the end of the 1st - the beginning of the 2nd century), and in Didach the instructions were given to say the prayer three times a day.

Biblical scholars agree that the initial version of the prayer in the Gospel of Luke was significantly shorter, the subsequent scribes supplemented the text at the expense of the Gospel of Matthew, as a result, the differences were gradually erased. Mainly, these changes in the text of Luke occurred in the period after the Edict of Milan, when church books were copied en masse due to the destruction of a significant part of Christian literature during the great persecution under the emperor Diocletian. In the medieval Textus Receptus, the two Gospels contain almost identical text.

One of the important differences in the texts of Matthew and Luke is the final text of Matthew Doxology - “For Yours is the Kingdom, and power, and glory for ever and ever. Amen, "which Luke is absent. Most of the best and most ancient manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew do not contain this phrase, and biblical scholars do not consider it to be part of the original text of Matthew, however, adding doxology was done very early, which proves the existence of a similar phrase (without mentioning the Kingdom) in Didach. This doxology has been used since the early Christian times in the liturgy and has Old Testament roots (cf. 1 Par. 29: 11-13).

Differences in the texts of the Lord's prayer sometimes arose and because of the desire of translators to emphasize various aspects of multi-valued concepts. So in the Vulgate, the Greek (St. Slavic and Russian “essential”) in the Gospel of Luke was translated into Latin as “cotidianum” (everyday), and in the Gospel of Matthew “supersubstantialem” (above-essential), which points directly to Jesus, as on the bread of life.

Salvation Stories

Many Christian leaders say that reading “Our Father” in the most terrible moments of life can help avoid a terrible fate. The main secret of this prayer is its strength. God saved many people in danger reading Our Father. The hopeless situations that put us in the face of death is the best time to pronounce powerful lines.

One of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, a certain Alexander, wrote a letter to his wife, who did not reach her. Apparently, it was lost because it was found in one of the places of deployment of troops. In it, a man said that he was surrounded in 1944 by the Germans and waited for his death at the hands of the enemy.

“I lay in the house with a wounded leg, heard the sound of footsteps and German speaking. I realized that I was going to die. Ours were close, but it was just ridiculous to count on them. I could not move - not only because I was wounded, but also because I was at an impasse. There was nothing left but to pray. I was preparing for death at the hands of the enemy. They saw me - I was scared, but did not stop reading the prayer. The German did not have any cartridges - he began to talk quickly with his own people, but something went wrong. They abruptly rushed to run, throwing a grenade under my feet so that I could not reach it. When I read the last line of the prayer, I realized that the grenade did not explode. ”

Such stories the world knows a lot. Prayer saved people who met wolves in the forest — they turned and walked away.

Prayer put on the righteous path of thieves and robbers, who returned the stolen things, attaching notes of repentance and that God had encouraged them to do so.

This sacred text will save from cold, fire, wind and from any misfortune that could threaten life.

But the main secret of this prayer is known not only in grief. Read "Our Father" every day - and it will fill your life with light and good. Thank God with this prayer that you are alive and you will always be healthy and happy.

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