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A recent competition launched for the best version of the Lord's Prayer in text message form (er... txt msg 4m) drew a big response from mobile users. And the prayers and other sayings of Jesus which arrived were intriguing.
People not only tried to make the Lord's Prayer as short as possible, so that it would fit into the space of a single txt msg. They also got to the heart of what the prayer is all about and then put it into their own words.
Some of the txt msgs are entertaining and funny, but most of them read like real prayers and sayings of Jesus, and, of course, they're all ready to be texted to someone.
The winning entries are below
we want wot u want &urth2b like hvn.
giv us food&4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz.
don’t test us! save us! bcos we kno ur boss, ur tuf&ur cool 4 eva!ok?
Matthew Cambell, York, England
Ask! It’ll B givn. Seek! U’ll find. Knock knock! “It’s open!”
Matthew 7: 7
Hvn throws a bigger party ova 1 sinna who repents than ova 99 holy ppl who dont need 2 repent!
Luke 15: 7
Hpy RU por; da kngdm is yrs!
Hpy RU hngry; U wl Bfild!
Hpy RU sad; u wl lol!
Hpy RU whn ppl h8 U Bcos of da Lrd! B gld&dnce 4jy Bcos a gt prz is kpt 4U
Hannah, Welwyn Garden City
I wil B with U 24/7, 2 d end of time.
I’m d lite of d world. Follo me & U’ll neva walk in darknss but wil hav d lite of life. John 8:12
“How many times shd I 4give uvaz?” askd Peter. “7x?” “No!” sed Gzus. “70x7!” Matthew 18:21-22
Let me tel U Y UR here: 2B salt & bring out god flavours of the earth. 2B
light and show the world its true god colours. We’re goin public wiv this -
Claire Hollywell, Horsham
It’s EZer 4 a camel 2go thru d eye of a needle than 4 a richman 2 get in2 d
kingdm of God!
Luv ur NMEs, pray 4 thse hu curse U. If 1 slps U on da cheek offa da otha 1.
Treat ppl as U wud like 2B treatd. By doin dis U’ll rcv a gr8 rewrd in hevn.
Sharleen Nall-Evans, Cheshire
Here is one of the traditional versions of the prayer of Jesus, as it’s prayed in English around the world today…
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
This modern version of the Lord’s Prayer is taken from the Contemporary English Version…
Our Father in heaven,
help us to honour your name.
Come and set up your kingdom,
so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed in heaven.
Give us our food for today.
Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.
Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.
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