When Jesus gave his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, it was as a model or example of the way we should pray. There is no special power in the words themselves, to be repeated exactly. Rather, this is how you should pray. So, based on Matthew 6:9-13, I wrote my own. I thought you might find it helpful.
Thank you, God, that you want us to call you Father. You are far above all the things a father should be, but as close and as loving as the best father.
May your name be honoured and praised throughout the world. May your rule extend to all men’s hearts and rebellion cease. And may that be especially true in our lives.
We need bread, Father. Not just food for our bodies but food for our souls. Feed us both, we pray, every day.
When others hurt us, we try to forgive them. Teach us how, and forgive us in our turn.
Help us to stay out of trouble, and strengthen us when trials come.
May our lives bring you honour and glory, and extend your Kingdom. We will praise and glorify your name for ever. Amen