Lord's Prayer

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

Objectives:

  1. Children should identify the Lord’s Prayer, or “Our Father”, as the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples.
  2. Children should memorize the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.  Use the Lord’s Prayer.

 

  1. Read the Lord’s Prayer in the Children’s Bible Reader, page 194, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 298-299. Supplement with the Children’s Bible, page 380, or the Arch book, if desired. The disciples asked Jesus how to pray the right way. This is the prayer Jesus gave them. Go through the prayer line by line with the children:

“Our Father”: What’s a father like? Who is your father on earth? God is our father, too.

                 “Who art in Heaven”: Where does God live? What’s heaven like?

                 “Hallowed be Thy name”: “hallowed” means “holy”; what’s holy mean?

                 “Thy kingdom come”: What is God’s kingdom?

                 “Thy will be done”: Why do things happen to us? Who is in charge?

                 “Give us this day our daily bread”: Did Jesus feed the 5000?

      “Forgive us our trespasses”: Do we ever do anything wrong? Do we need forgiveness?

                 “As we forgive those who trespass against us”: Has anyone ever done anything unkind to you? Have you forgiven that person?

                 “And lead us not into temptation”: Remember Jesus’s temptations? Is it hard to always obey God?

                 “But deliver us from evil”: Who is the source of evil? Did Jesus win even over the devil?

 

  1. Instead of True/False questions, write each line of the Lord’s Prayer on a card. Read them out loud at random and have the children put them in order. Then say the whole prayer together.

 

  1. Talk a little about prayer: When and where do we pray? Ask the children how prayer is done in their homes. Do they pray before meals? Do they pray in the morning or the evening? Do they have an icon corner? Do they pray at bedtime? Remind them to say the Lord’s Prayer every morning and evening.

 

  1. Make Prayer Spinner: Use a large paper plate. Cut out a posterboard arrow and affix it as a spinner with a brad. Now, take the litany (or have the children come up with their own prayer list) and either draw small pictures around the perimeter of the plate or use stickers – world, church, American flag, fruit, airplane or boat, prison bars, stethoscope, etc. Use it in class to pray for the various needs and take it home to use there, too.

 

  1. Close with the Lord’s Prayer.