THE LORD’S PRAYER (Matthew 6:9-13)
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
- How did Jesus show us how to pray?
Jesus showed us how to pray by giving us the Lord’s Prayer.
- The Lord taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1)
- How often do you pray?
- When you pray, what do you pray for?
- What does the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
The phrase, “Our Father in heaven,” teaches us to draw near to God in holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father.
- Christians must approach prayer in reverence and confidence as God’s children (Matthew 6:9)
- How can we show reverence to God when we pray?
- Why can people who have been born again pray to God with confidence?
- Do you know how to become a child of God so that you can pray to Him as your Father in heaven? (You must repent or your sin and trust in Christ.)
- What does, “hallowed be Your name,” teach us?
The phrase, “hallowed be Your name,” teaches us that we should praise God with our lips and our life.
- Christians should praise God with their lips and their lives (Matthew 6:9)
- Take time to teach the child how to praise God. This is different than giving thanks for something He has done; instead we praise Him for Who He is. Praising God does not need to be done with a song, but with simple and honest words (Hebrews 13:15).
- How can we praise God with our lives? (By living holy lives that honor Him)
- What does, “Your kingdom come,” teach us?
The phrase, “Your kingdom come,” teaches us to pray that Satan’s kingdom of sin would be destroyed and God’s kingdom of righteousness would fully come on earth.
- Christians should pray that God’s righteous kingdom fully comes to earth (Matthew 6:10)
- Explain to the child that though God rules over all of creation, people and demons are living in rebellion to God. For this reason we pray for God’s kingdom to fully rule over the earth.
- What does, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” teach us?
The phrase, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” teaches us to pray that God would make us able and willing to know and obey His will in all things just as the angels in heaven do.
- Christians should pray that God has His way on the earth and in or hearts (Matthew 6:10)
- When we pray for specific things, how can we know if they are in line with God’s will or not? (We need to learn what pleases God by reading His word, then we will know what we should pray for.)
- What does, “Give us this day our daily bread,” teach us?
The phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread,” teaches us to pray that God may give us the things we need.
- We may ask God for the things we need (Matthew 6:11)
- What kind of things do you pray for?
- How can we know the difference between wants and needs? (We must remember God is a faithful Father that will provide His children everything they need, but He does not give them everything they want.)
- What does, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” teach us?
The phrase, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” teaches us to pray that God would forgive our sins because of what Christ did for us, and reminds us that we must forgive others.
- We must forgive people as God has forgiven us (Matthew 6:12)
- Do you need to forgive someone for something?
- What does, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” teach us?
The phrase, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” teaches us to pray that God would keep us away from temptation, and would help us resist temptation when we are tempted.
- We must pray that God gives us grace to live holy lives (Matthew 6:13)
- What kinds of sins are you tempted with?
- What does the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
The phrase, “For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen,” encourages us that God can do what we have asked because He is sovereign and powerful, and that we should worship Him because He is over all things.
- We must worship God as the One who is King over all things (Matthew 6:13)
- Explain to the child that even though God allows men and demons to rebel against Him, He is still in control of all things. And because of this they can trust that God can answer prayers.