The Lord's Prayer Overview
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 also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.
He gave them a beautiful prayer, which we use as a model to this day.
Read this week’s verse. Write “Lord’s Prayer” in the margins and connect it with Jeremiah 29:11-13
Read and highlight the following verses. What does each verse have to do with the theme verse?
The Model Prayer
Create a prayer using these 5 steps.
Praise: The Tuning-in Step
Cooperation: The Connecting Step
Petition: The Receiving Step
Forgiveness: The Healing Step
Victory: The Can-Do Step
Praise: The Tuning-in Step (Our Father in heaven, hallowed be…)
Cooperation: The Connecting Step (Kingdom come… will be done…)
Petition: The Receiving Step (Give us this day our daily bread)
Forgiveness: The Healing Step (And forgive us our sins…)
Victory: The Can-do Step (Lead us not… kingdom, power and the glory…)
1. Who are three people you talk to most often when you really need to talk?
Why do you trust these people with your inner thoughts?
2. How does trusting them make it easier for you to open up?
3. What are four qualities you think an ideal parent would have? How does God
exhibit those qualities?
Catechism Encounter: (Open up those Small Catechisms and dig deeper!)
1. Scan the Lord’s Prayer section of your Small Catechism for words that
describe God. Circle five words that jump out at you.
Terms for the Week
- Disciple: A person who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another, in our case, followers of Jesus Christ.
- Doxology: A short phrase honoring God: “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.” Incidentally, it is not a verse found in the Bible.
- The Lord’s Prayer: The prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray.
- Petition: Something requested to a superior authority. In this case, a request to God.
- Prayer: The act of communicating with God. True prayer is a two-sided conversation
Video Clip and some questions?>>>>
“What happens when people who love each other stop talking?
In this movie, Jerry and Dorothy are married and live together, but they never talk.
How is this like going to church but never truly worshiping God or praying to God?
How do you think God feels when we come back in prayer after being absent for a while?”
Jesus used the word “Abba” in his prayer in the garden— a word that little children would use to address their daddy. This informality must have been a shock to those who didn’t dare speak God’s name out loud for fear of taking it in vain. “Abba” indicates a close, approachable, personal and loving God—not some faroff deity who remains hidden and aloof.
- Compose a list describing the perfect parent.
- How is God like the words on your list?
- How is God unlike the words on your list?
- What does this tell you about prayer?