Singing through the Lord’s Prayer

There are several musical settings of the precise text of the Lord’s Prayer. But there are enough Southern Gospel songs inspired by each phrase that it would be possible to record a CD of songs with this theme.

Our Father which art in heaven
 Mark Trammell Trio, “I Have a Heavenly Father”:

Hallowed be thy name
Legacy Five’s “Holy is Thy Name”: 

Thy kingdom come
Brian Free and Assurance’s “There is a Kingdom Coming “:

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
Blackwood Brothers, “Not My Will”
Florida Boys, “Thy Will Be Done” 

Give us this day our daily bread
Statesmen, “God Will Provide” 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
Statesmen, “Our Debts Will Be Paid”:

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
Triumphant Quartet, “Delivered Again”: 

For thine is the kingdom
Brian Free and Assurance’s “There is a Kingdom Coming “:

and the power
Couriers, “I Sing the Mighty Power”:

and the glory, for ever
Cathedrals, “All the Glory Belongs to Jesus”: 

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, “Amen”: 

If you were putting together a recording by this theme, which songs would you pick?

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  1. Great idea, and great song selection. The use of the term “Lord’s Prayer” is a pet peeve of mine, though. (I prefer the “model prayer”. He said “you pray like this,” not “I pray like this.” The Lord would never pray to have his debts or trespasses forgiven, because He doesn’t have any!)

    • I agree that “model prayer” is better. I will note that “Lord’s Prayer” can mean prayer given by the Lord; suppose I gave you a dozen Southern Gospel LPs; you could refer to them as “Daniel’s gift” or even “Daniel’s LPs” as you were receiving them from me! 🙂

      • ‘Tis true!

  2. I honestly am having trouble thinking of any songs better than the ones you already picked. Since you used “There Is a Kingdom Coming” twice, I’ll replace the second one, referring to his rule and reign, with “He’s Still on the Throne” by Gold City and Kyla Rowland.

  3. May not qualify because it takes an actual piece of the Lords prayer into its composition, but are you familiar with “Lord, Teach Me How To Pray” by JD Sumner and the Stamps Qt. The bridge features “for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever” before hitting the end of chorus tag.

    • When you’re making your own list, feel free to follow your own rules! 🙂 Yes, I’m familiar with that song – in fact, I think I have multiple versions of it in my collection,

  4. I would include the song “Pray” by the Talley Trio, from their Testament project several years ago. It includes parts of the song, “The Lord’s Prayer,” in the arrangement, and although it starts out talking about Daniel praying, the lyric weaves subtle references to the Lord’s prayer throughout the song, such as the first line, “long before He taught us how to pray,” a specific reference to the Lord’s prayer. It may not precisely fit the category here, but it’s a great upbeat song that comes close.

    • Yeah, I suppose CDs need to have at least one upbeat song. 🙂

      • LOL! Yeah, this “CD” is going to be heavy on the serious side!! 🙂

  5. Just got an email from Legacy Five saying Glen Dustin has left the group effective immediately. Wow. Shocker.

  6. LuLu Roman recorded a song back in the early 90’s on her “Best Friend” project called “Hallowed Be Thy Holy Name” that could work.