The Lord's Prayer Is Misunderstood

Question: Why did Jesus tell us to pray for forgiveness of sins daily? If we're covered by the blood, saved by grace, and born again, nothing else to do, why did He say to ask for forgiveness of sins every day?

Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus said: This then, is how you should pray:

Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Three main problems with Christians and churches today:

  1. Most think the "bread" is our earthly needs.  It's not!  The "Bread" is the body of Jesus for forgiveness of sins, John  6:32, 6:51

  2. Most people are not praying it "daily" as Jesus instructed. God desires to hear from us daily, and properly.

  3. Protestants think this page is a Catholic thing, and doesn't concern them. I want to cry!

This part is one sentence, not two:

“Give us this day our daily Bread and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” 

The forgiveness of sins is the result of receiving the Bread. It is the body of Jesus, the bread of life that God gives:  

John 6:32:  "Jesus: ...my Father gives you the true bread from heaven"

Luke 22:19: And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; ...”

If you're not praying this prayer with the bread meaning the body of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, then you're just asking God for lunch! And you remain in your sins!

Jesus, God Himself in the flesh, comes to earth and walks among us, the grandest event in the history of humankind, and He teaches us how to pray for food?!! As in we didn't know how to ask God for food; He had to show us?!! And then most people ignored it as, "Jesus is showing us how to be humble and just ask for the basic necessities of life..." So most are not praying this prayer! Even the Catholic church would not acknowledge "the bread" = "the bread of life". Obviously because, it makes it a DIY version of their Eucharist. Which would belittle their bishops' and priests' roles - if people can receive the bread of life at home by directly talking to God, then they won't come to church and donate!

 

Some say the "bread" means both earthly needs and spiritual needs. No it does not; trying to include more meanings into it, as in one of them will hit it right, shows lack of knowledge of God! Only one meaning - the bread is the body of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus always used the word "bread" to mean His flesh. He would never instruct us to pray for earthly bread. Examples, in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6:31-33: “...don’t worry about earthly needs, but seek God first…”. And in John 6:26-27: "... Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you...". Also see all the Biblical references at the bottom of this page.

 

Others say, "Jesus gave them this prayer before He died on the cross. So the "bread" couldn't possibly be His body at that point."  Well, look closer. John Chapter 6, for example, the 2nd half of that chapter is all about Jesus telling people that they needed to eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to be saved. And that was Jesus before He died. There is no before and after for God; He is "I Am". Sits outside of time.

If you're not praying the Lord's Prayer daily, and meaning the bread correctly, you're breaking Jesus' commands. John 14:15: If you love me, keep my commands.

This is a pivotal change in the way the Lord's Prayer has been taught. It now takes on a whole different meaning - we spiritually receive the body of Jesus when we ask for it daily, so He remains in us and we remain in Him John 15:5, renewed day by day 2Corinthians 4:16, and we all share the one loaf 1Corinthians‬ ‭10:17. With this understanding putting us back on track with God, so many other verses in the New Testament fit perfectly. Catholic and Protestant churches need to take note of this and revisit their teachings.

All of Jesus Christ's teachings are the basis for today's Christianity. I hear some saying, "this prayer was given to the Jews; because Jesus and His disciples were Jews." True, but that was Christianity creation in progress.

 

All we have to do is say this prayer in our hearts once a day, then we will spiritually receive the "daily Bread", the body of Jesus. It is obedience for spiritual-sustenance. As in John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Receiving the "Bread" daily fulfills this verse. Bearing fruit means we grow spiritually and become able to perform miracles! Believing in Jesus is not like believing in Santa Clause. There is a much deeper meaning to believing in Jesus that comes with spiritual requirements, like seek God always, and pray the Lord's Prayer daily. That's right, "requirements", and no that does not mean "works". Look at What Does Believe in Jesus Mean?

It's going to be a while before people realize the significance of this Bread-meaning correction. It is going to rattle the foundations of many churches of today, both Catholic and Protestant. Hundreds of years of false teaching on the Lord's Prayer subject. Hundreds of years of telling people "do nothing, you're born-again/saved" in some denominations, and pray to humans in others. How could we have possibly missed this? Christian theology colleges and hundreds of years of studying and preaching in churches. But no one saw this? The Bible references shown below, are not hard to find. What are people studying in those Seminary colleges, and in Catholic convents? This prayer is the very heart of God's redemption plan through Jesus!!

Some may say, "what's the difference? as long as we pray the prayer."  There is a huge difference! Our spiritual communication with God is about what we mean. The words are meaningless unless we mean what they are in our hearts. Then others may say, "He didn't mean for us to use those exact words."  Why would we change them? They look perfect to me; that prayer is perfectly complete in every way. I wouldn't change anything in it.

Are you thinking "this interpretation of the Lord's Prayer can't possibly be right. Could it possibly be that churches and millions of people have missed this truth for hundreds of years?"  Yes it is very possible. Don't look at people around you; look at God in the Bible. Here is a nice related story about Elijah in this link . And also consider this reference:

Matthew 7:13-4

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Notes: What is the "narrow gate that leads to life"? It means only a small percentage of the population are truly seeking God, and will make it into heaven. Are you in that number? Don't be angry with me for pointing this out. All I'm doing is poke everybody to look again. Herd mentality is the "wide gate", it is not the way to God.

Related Readings:

Christianity & Judaism - A Parallel

Jesus For Jews And Paul For Gentiles?

Why Didn't Paul Preach the Lord's Prayer

This Is How We Should Pray

Miracles Happen When We Pray The Lord's Prayer

What Does "Believe in Jesus" Mean?

Bible references supporting this:

“Bread” = "Body of Jesus"

1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:17
Paul said: …there is one loaf… we all share the one loaf.

2 Corinthians 4:16
Paul said: …our inner person is being renewed day by day.

Notes: Paul did not reference the Lord's Prayer verbatim because the 4 Gospels were not written yet in his days, but he alluded to it in these 2 verses above.​

John 6:32-33 and 6:51
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” “For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

John 6:57
…the one who “feeds” on me…

Notes: Using the term “feeds” implying continual. As in [… give us this day our daily Bread…]

John 6:58

Jesus said: "This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever."

Notes: Showing a parallel between the Bread (His body) and the manna in the desert, which couldn’t be hoarded more than one day (Exodus 16:4). Thus, God’s desire for our daily dependence on Him. 

John 15:5
Jesus said: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Notes: The branch is continually nourished by the Vine. Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. Without the Lord’s Prayer daily, a branch will wither and die. 

Luke 11:13

Jesus said: "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Notes: Jesus said this right after he taught them His prayer, in Luke 11:2-4. So God is giving the Holy Spirit, “to those who ask Him” as in the daily Bread. And note also, Jesus is clarifying here that by renewing yourself (daily through His prayer and as in 2 Cor 4:16), you’ll make-way to receive the Holy Spirit. This is how we become filled with the Holy Spirit! No wonder no one is anymore! See here.

John 6:26-27

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Notes: Jesus said this after they had been looking for Him all day because they were hungry, then found Him. Another big evidence that the "earthly bread", is not it in the Lord's prayer.

John 6

(The entire second half of Chapter 6 from John is all about this. And this was before His death on the cross. Example verses here):

"51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me."

Notes: The Jews did not get it then; Jesus knowing they did not get it, kept drilling it in with more of actual eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood throughout the chapter. And today you'd think we got it! But most churches and people still don't understand it. At best some churches just call it: "basically He died for our sins..." or some other blanket statement like that. But no one knew to link it to the "daily Bread" in the Lord's prayer! Which is our daily spiritual requirement that provides our continuous feeding on Him (John 6:57). And keeping Him in us, and us in Him (John 15:4). This is so big, a crucial Biblical scripture that now has become correctly interpreted, not to be taken lightly.

Luke 22:19-20

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Notes: Gave bread and said, this is My Body given for you... The bread is the Body of Jesus

The above references in John, Matthew, and Luke were all before Jesus' death on the cross. So Jesus before the cross was clearly already using the term "bread" to mean His body in all these references, and therefore also in His Prayer.

Other Supporting Notes

If you examine the original Aramaic version of this prayer, you’ll find two important facts:​

1. No punctuation. Punctuation was added later in the translation. And in the case of this prayer, the translators made an error by adding a period between “…daily Bread” and “and forgive us…” There should be no punctuation there. Not because I said so, but because of all the Bible references above that are consistent with that.​

2. There are different words used for "sin" (e.g., debts, trespasses), but "sin" is the word that should be used when referring to God. We trespass against humans, but we “sin” against God! "Trespasses" and "debts" are soft words that lessen the significance of the offense, but when it comes to God, it is a deadly offense; proper word for it is “sins”. Jesus used the word “sins” throughout the scripture, not “trespasses”(example in John 9:41). So it’s not “… forgive us our trespasses…” It is “… forgive us our sins…”