Q41: What Is the Lord's Prayer?

New City Catechism: Question 41


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Juan Sanchez, Senior Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, answers the question, "What is the Lord's Prayer?”


Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

9 Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,

12and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question forty-one with the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9–13.


Juan said the Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to pray. It points us to who He is—our Father and King. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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The Lord’s Prayer reminds us of God’s character. He will provide for our needs, protect us from the enemy, and He will see His kingdom established on earth. 


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Matthew 6:9–13. Take a moment to reflect on the Lord’s Prayer. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of the Lord’s Prayer, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Matthew 6:9–13. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through prayer.



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