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Luke 11:2

ESV And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
NIV He said to them, 'When you pray, say: ''Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
NASB And He said to them, 'When you pray, say: ‘ Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.
CSB He said to them, "Whenever you pray, say, Father, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come.
NLT Jesus said, 'This is how you should pray: 'Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon.
KJV And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

What does Luke 11:2 mean?

The core elements of the Lord's Prayer are strongly related to Jesus' instructions to His disciples as they spread the message of the kingdom of God.

After a general acknowledgment of God's holiness, they pray that His kingdom would come. The message they spread was that God's kingdom had come (Luke 9:2; 10:9) in the form of localized healings and exorcisms (Luke 9:1; 10:9, 17). We know His kingdom will not be fully realized until Jesus returns. To pray for God's kingdom to come fully mirrors John's plea in Revelation 22:20: "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"

Jesus' words, "When you pray, say…" suggests it's acceptable to recite pre-written prayers so long as they're prayed sincerely.

"Father" is from the Greek pater, which has the same connotation as the Aramaic abba. However, it's important to understand that abba does not have the same implications as the modern English word "daddy." Abba is a recognition of God's authority and our close relationship with Him, but with a strong note of respect and awe, as the next word shows. "Hallowed" means to be holy or set apart. "Name" isn't just the letters and sounds that identify a person; it means their character, reputation, authority, and position. Even as the world takes God for granted, His children are to give Him the respect He deserves.

God's kingdom is the manifestation of His power, glory, and sovereignty and the nullification or destruction of evil forces. The aspect related to God the Son began when He took on human form and culminates when He takes possession of and authority over the earth during the end times. In Jesus' ministry, the kingdom of God was made manifest through healings and exorcisms (Luke 10:9, 17). But those signs also led to judgment when people saw Jesus' works and rejected Him as their savior (Luke 10:12–16).
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