THE LORD'S PRAYER
We have been learning about the Lord ’s Prayer …
Can you remember what we have learnt so far?
Remember before Jesus teaches the prayer he has a few things to say first.
He says that we should keep our prayers simple. God listens to us no matter if our prayers are long or short and if you just don't have the right words God knows what we mean (and we don't need to use fancy words either)!
Jesus also mentions that we shouldn't 'show off' when we pray. He said this to the people that used to stand on the street corners praying so that everyone would see how 'great' they were. God doesn't want us to pray so people can see us or to hear how great we can pray.
He wants us to pray in a quiet place with our own words our needs, thanks, praise, and what we're sorry for.
This is how Jesus told us we should pray:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Here is the next line in our prayer …
This last phrase sums up the prayer. It’s giving all the glory back to God.
This last phrase is ending the prayer in a very fitting way. It helps us conclude our thoughts by thinking about the power and glory of God as He is ruling and will rule over His coming kingdom. This phrase helps us say, “Yes, I want you to be Lord of my life. I want to be a part of your coming kingdom. Your power and glory will be revealed to all of us in the future. We want to be a part of your kingdom, both now and forever.
Father, thank you for teaching us how to pray. You are a great and wonderful God, greater than any earthly king or president. We want Your presence in our lives and we pray that your future heavenly kingdom will come soon. Thank you for providing our daily needs. Forgive our sins and help us to forgive others. Please help us to follow you always, even when we are tempted to do something wrong.
Make a prayer cube … On each side write important things that you could pray for … Family, friends, pets, our leaders. Each day roll the cube two or three times and pray for the people or things it lands on.
Lots of love