The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6 7-15


How many of us just say the Lord’s prayer without thinking about what it actually means?
Our Father


Lent is a good way of re-visiting the things that we do without thinking starting with the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Do not pray as the pagans do? Do not babble. So, Jesus told us to be clear in our prayers, to talk to
God like he is sitting in the room with us and if you don’t know what to say, begin with the Lord’s prayer. 

When I was a curate I was leading a children’s Christmas service, and it came to the Lord’s prayer I started it off.., Our Father.. and the children’s voices were overpowering. They echoed around the building, it certainly made me smile. The children had obviously learnt the Lord’s prayer by heart but did they actually understand what they were saying?

A few years ago I led an after-school Christian club with the theme ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ I took it line by line and we explored it. By the end of the term the children certainly had a better understanding of what they were saying.

We began at the beginning.

Our Father


Who is our Father? Why do we call God our Father?

God created the world, we are his children, therefore God is our kind, caring parent, helping and guiding us.

I used a world craft with joined up people around it to illustrate we are God’s people.

In Heaven


Where is heaven? What is it like? Can we see heaven?

For this section I read them the story of Waterbugs and Dragonflies.

It shows that the waterbugs go up the stalk to heaven they develop wings and fly but they can never return to the waterbug world. A fantastic way of explaining that when we go to heaven we can never return.

Hallowed be your name,


Everyone has a name; we are named by our parents and even when some else has the same name we are all unique, God’s name is Hallowed.. Holy and we should respect it.
To illustrate this point I got the children to make a name plate to go on their bedroom door.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as in heaven.


We want the Kingdom of God here on earth, why? Because if we lived as God wanted us to the world would be at peace. It would definitely be a place that we would want to live. There would be no more war, no more hunger, people would be kind and loving to each other.
We made doves of peace out of card with wings that moved. With white tissue paper feathers. They looked great.

Give us today our daily bread.


Bread is part of our every day life. All over the world bread is eaten. It might taste different but it is still bread. It’s a reminder that God knows about all our needs, and that God promised to take care of us.
We made bread during the afternoon, it was great fun but incredibly messy, I gave them the dough to take home for their parents to cook. We also tried different kinds of bread.

Forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who sin against us.


Nobody is perfect we all sin, but we are given an opportunity through Jesus’ death on the cross to be forgiven by God. Jesus told us stories to illustrate that God wants us to live the right way, and to forgive each other in the way that God forgives us. So, if we fell out with each other it is important to say sorry, and to forgive those that have done us wrong.
This afternoon we made crosses to hang up at home. We decorated them to remind them to ask to be forgiven and to forgive others.

Lead us not into temptation


All around us in the world is temptation – temptation that leads us away from what we are supposed to be doing. Some days it is difficult to do the right thing and we feel tempted to do foolish things that we know are wrong. For example – not coming straight home when we are asked to or watching T.V. instead of doing our homework.

But deliver us from evil.


There are things in this world that aren’t very nice, and some people that do things that spoil the world. Like starting wars, or killing people. We pray that God will protect us from those things.
We created prayers for people around the world where evil things were happening.



For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.


Amen.

The last line is a reminder that everything in the world and of the world belongs to God. We need to thank God every day for the wonderful world that we live in.



We put together a collage of pictures – to illustrate the wonderful world that God created.
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About Michelle Bailey

Reverend Michelle Bailey is the Rural Officer for the Bishop of Brecon and Swansea  She previously worked in Children's Ministry and was ordained in the Church of England. Her blog includes ideas on presenting concepts of faith to young children to the age of eleven and furthering faith development in an educational context. Michelle currently lives in Wales and is also developing a rural ministry blog.
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