Story behind the song – “The Lord’s Prayer”

by Mike Burn on August 14, 2005

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory
Are yours, now and forever, Amen

Music – Dave Bankhead and Mike Burn
© 1998 Daybreak Music

Story behind the song
There have been countless settings of the Lord’s Prayer throughout the ages, and this version is simply another attempt to fix the words in the minds, and hearts, particularly of children. I was startled to discover that in the UK now, well below half of the children now know the words to this prayer. Turn back the clock only a few decades and you would have probably been hard-pushed to find a child who didn’t.

The key to the prayer, of course, is that it is a pattern for the kind of things we should be praying for every day, and it is not enough in itself to simply repeat the words as some kind of formula or mantra. We need to discover the power of prayer for ourselves, and teach it to children as a lifestlye.

(On a practical note, at least this song has a clear answer to the chicken and egg question often asked of writers – which came first: the music or the lyrics!)

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