The Lord’s Prayer in Japanese is revered as one of the most important literary works in Japan. Composed in 720 A.D., it brings to life the Buddhist spirit, which permeates all of Japanese culture. Each word is carefully chosen for its symbolic meaning, and the entire text has been placed into a poetic form.
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the lord’s prayer in japanese
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The LORD is my Shepherd.”
The LORD God Almighty, Creator of all that exists is our Shepherd. He is my Shepherd. People may mentor, teach, guide, or fight for us, but our one true Shepherd is God. No one else can fill that role. Only God can always be with us and see what is ahead. He alone knows what’s in our hearts and what our true needs are. He is perfect. If we look to a person as our caretaker, they will disappoint us. But we can trust God, He never fails.
Thank You for being my Shepherd. You keep Your eyes on me. You know everything about me and still love me. I’m never out of Your care. You are my strength and shield, the perfect Shepherd who never makes a mistake. You never forget me or leave me behind. I trust in Your perfect love and know You will never lead me astray.
In Jesus’ Name,
“I lack nothing.”
In our consumer society, it seems we’re never satisfied. We frequently want more. How often does someone say, “I have all I need?” David expressed fulfillment saying, “I shall not want.” He trusted God to give him what he needed. He knew that though he might lack something for the moment, God would provide for his needs at the right time.
Because of Your perfect love and power, I have everything I need. I confess, Lord, I often feel like I’m lacking. I look for happiness in earthly possessions, people, or status. I seek comfort from temporary pleasures. I look at what I don’t have and think I’m missing something that would make me happy. But what I need is found in You. When I turn to You, You fill my soul with love and grace and make me complete. When I seek satisfaction from people or things, I’m left thirsty. In You, I find the fulfillment I’m looking for. You are enough. I love You Father! Thank You that in You I am complete.
In Jesus’ Name,
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.”
A good shepherd leads his sheep to a lush pasture with grass to eat and clean water to drink. A place where his animals feel safe and can lie down in peace.
The Lord gives us spiritual nourishment by filling the empty places in our hearts and giving us peace and hope. He is our haven in the middle of life’s storms and refreshes our souls. When we come to Him with our confusion, brokenness, and pain, He restores us and carries us through our struggles.
Thank You for being my refuge in the storm. Thank You for providing refreshment for my soul when I’m battered and torn by circumstances. You are my spiritual food, my living water, and my place of rest. When trouble hits, help me slow down and trust you instead of running in circles looking for escape. Enable me to lie down in peace knowing You have my back.
In Jesus’ Name,
“He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.”
God is our guardian. He shows us the way to go and enables us to live to honor Him. When we seek Him and ask for wisdom, He answers.
Please give me wisdom to live righteously. Help me to glorify You with the decisions I make. Direct me and keep me in step with Your Spirit. Thank You for showing me the way.
In Jesus’ Name,
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
We experience some extremely dark valleys in this life. Times when the shadow of death feels like it will swallow us. But for those who are in Christ, evil can’t touch our souls. God is always with us. As a shepherd protects his sheep from predators with his staff, so our Shepherd protects our souls from Satan. We belong to Jesus Christ for eternity and no one can take us away.
Sometimes fear overtakes me and it feels like evil is winning. Help me remember You are always beside me, all around me, and in my heart. My soul is eternally safe in Your hands and no one can snatch it away. When I experience a time of pain or sorrow, I know I’m not alone. You give me the strength to endure. Your Spirit comforts me no matter what’s happening. Thank You for Your constant love.
In Jesus’ Name,
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Imagine a soldier on the battlefield. Instead of grabbing a quick bite of an emergency meal, he looks ahead and sees his commander has laid out a banquet. There’s a beautiful table laid with delicious dishes. He sits down right in the presence of his enemies and enjoys a meal. How could he do that? Only if he had complete faith and trust in his commander. We don’t have to panic in front of our enemies, the devil and his demons. God’s Spirit is always with us and has provided a banquet of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control. Our part is to have faith and trust our Commander.
In Scripture, being anointed with oil is a picture of God pouring His Holy Spirit on believers (NET Bible Notes). Oil flowing down one’s head and an overflowing cup are both pictures of abundance. God sent His Spirit to comfort, encourage, empower, and fill us to overflowing with His spiritual blessings.
japanese prayer for protection
A Prayer for Those Who Suffer in the Aftermath of Earthquake
Lord, at times such as this,
When we realize that the ground beneath our feet
Is not as solid as we had imagined,
We plead for your mercy.
As the things we have built crumble about us,
We know too well how small we truly are
On this ever-changing, ever-moving,
Fragile planet we call home.
Yet you have promised never to forget us.
Do not forget us now.
Today, so many people are afraid.
They wait in fear of the next tremor.
They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble.
They roam the streets in shock at what they see.
And [fill the] air with wails of grief
And the names of missing dead.
Comfort them, Lord, in this disaster.
Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still,
And shelter them under your wings when homes no longer exist.
Embrace in your arms those who died so suddenly this day.
Console the hearts of those who mourn,
And ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death.
Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion,
We who watch from afar.
Move us to act swiftly this day,
To give generously every day,
To work for justice always,
And to pray unceasingly for those without hope.
And once the shaking has ceased,
The images of destruction have stopped filling the news,
And our thoughts return to life’s daily rumblings,
Let us not forget that we are all your children
And they, our brothers and sisters.
We are all the work of your hands.
For though the mountains leave their place
And the hills be tossed to the ground,
Your love shall never leave us,
And your promise of peace will never be shaken.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever.
Copyright © 2010, Diana Macalintal. Permission is given to reprint for non-commercial use.
God our Father,
You set the earth on its foundation.
Keep us safe from the danger of earthquakes,
And let us always feel the presence of your love.
May we be secure in your protection
And serve you with grateful hearts.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
AMEN.From the Bishops of England and Wales
You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.
Reveal your presence so that all may know your healing, hope and love.
As the people of Japan suffer in the wake of the earthquakes and the tsunami,
We pray as one community on earth bound together by your grace.
Inspire us to pray, serve and help all those who suffer
And those who labor to help them.
May devastation and mourning give way to relief and hope.
Loving and Merciful God,
Who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the troubled heart,
Bring hope and courage to all who are affected by these events.
As they wait in uncertainty and fear,
Bring assurance that you are with your children, whatever lies ahead.
Give them courage to endure all that they now face.
May those who serve in disaster relief be strengthened,
and may their service reveal your love and care for all your children.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.