The Lord’s Prayer

Prayers that are not of merely transient effect, but which possess the soul and rejoice the heart for thousands of years, are the fruit of deepest wisdom. Such a prayer could never have arisen through an arbitrary collocation of beautiful or sublime words. It is only because these words have been drawn from the deep well of wisdom that they possess the power to influence the soul of man for thousands of years.

To maintain that the simple-minded have no understanding of this wisdom is not a valid objection. They have no need of understanding, for the power of the Lord’s Prayer stems from this wisdom and is effective even when there is no understanding of the wisdom content.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 97 – The Structure of the Lord’s Prayer – Karlsruhe, 4th February, 1907

Translated by A. H. Parker

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

            For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

Previously posted on June 8, 2016

Counteract the egoism

To counteract the egoism that can arise so strongly that one can feel very disturbed by it one could read the Lord’s Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount or the beginning of John’s Gospel and let them work in one. This will create quiet in us for awhile. What was given as the Fifth Gospel can also prevent a further increase in egotism. 

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Part III – Bergen, 11th October 1913

Previously posted on May 29, 2017

Counteract the egoism

To counteract the egoism that can arise so strongly that one can feel very disturbed by it one could read the Lord’s Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount or the beginning of John’s Gospel and let them work in one. This will create quiet in us for awhile. What was given as the Fifth Gospel can also prevent a further increase in egotism.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Part III – Bergen, 11th October 1913

Previously posted on May 24, 2016  

A true prayer has something to give to all of us

A true prayer has something to give to all of us, whatever stage of development we may have reached. The simplest person, who perhaps knows nothing more than the words of the prayer, may still be open to the influence of the prayer on his soul, and it is the prayer which can call forth the power to raise him higher. But, however high a stage we may have reached, we have never finished with a prayer; it can always raise us to a still higher level. And the Lord’s Prayer is not for speaking only. It can call forth the mystical frame of mind, and it can be the subject of higher forms of meditation and concentration. This could be said of many other prayers. 

Since the Middle Ages, however, something has come to the fore, a kind of egotism, which can impair the purity of prayer and its accompanying state of mind. If we make use of prayer with the aim only of withdrawing into ourselves and making ourselves more perfect — as many Christians did during the Middle Ages and perhaps still do today — and if we fail to look out at the world around us with whatever illumination we may have received, then prayer will succeed only in separating us from the world, and making us feel like strangers in it. That often happened to those who used prayer in connection with false asceticism and seclusion. These people wished to be perfect not in the sense of the rose, which adorns itself  in order to add beauty to the garden, but on their own account, so as to find blessedness within their own souls.

Anyone who seeks for God in his soul and refuses to take what he has gained out into the world will find that his refusal turns back on him in revenge.


Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 59 – Metamorphoses of the Soul Vol.2 – Lecture 4: The Nature of Prayer – Berlin, 17th February 1910

Translated by Charles Davy and Christian von Arnim

Previously posted on December 31, 2013

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayers that are not of merely transient effect, but which possess the soul and rejoice the heart for thousands of years, are the fruit of deepest wisdom. Such a prayer could never have arisen through an arbitrary collocation of beautiful or sublime words. It is only because these words have been drawn from the deep well of wisdom that they possess the power to influence the soul of man for thousands of years.

To maintain that the simple-minded have no understanding of this wisdom is not a valid objection. They have no need of understanding, for the power of the Lord’s Prayer stems from this wisdom and is effective even when there is no understanding of the wisdom content.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 97 – The Structure of the Lord’s Prayer – Karlsruhe, 4th February, 1907

Translated by A. H. Parker

 Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

           For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.