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 …
And Lead Us Not Into Temptation, but Deliver Us from Evil
A temptation is something that comes your way and then lures you into it – you know it is wrong, but you still want to do it anyway. So, we then have a choice.
We can give into that desire, or run from it.
For example, your mother just made your favourite cake. She said not to eat it until everyone arrived for dinner. But it looks so good! You really want to eat it! What did your mother say? Right. She said, “Don’t eat that cake!”
So the choice is: Will you obey your mother? OR will you give in to your desire to eat that wonderful cake? As you grow up, lots of other temptations will come your way, like whether or not you will use drugs. Jesus has promised to give us the strength to overcome temptations, but we must pray and ask for His power to resist.
Remember, when we give into our temptations, we are not following God. Our temptations to do wrong will lead us away from God. Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. They gave into their desire to eat the fruit. Instead of becoming like God as the serpent promised, their sin separated them from God.
Heres a video for you to watch as a reminder of the Adam and Eve story.
Also, click here for a fun craft!
Have a good week, love Kate