The Lord's Prayer

Age 5+: Read Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:1-4, 1 John 5:14-15
Under 5: Read about The Lords’s Prayer from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

One day Jesus was praying, and when he finished, his disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. So Jesus said, “This is how you should 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 today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one."
The Bible tells us that if we ask anything according to God’s will, He hears us. For God to answer our prayers, we must have a believing heart and ask according to His will.

Discussion 
Preschool questions:
What did the disciples ask from Jesus? To teach them how to pray.
What is prayer? Talking to God. 

Elementary questions:
Who are we to pray to? God the Father.
Will God always give us what we ask for? No, we must ask with a believing heart, and we must ask according to His will. Even Jesus had an unanswered prayer because it was not the Father’s will. (Matthew 26:39) 
How can you pray for others? You can pray for family and friends, leaders and teachers, government and authority, healing for the weak or sick, for unbelievers to know Christ, etc. 

Preteen application:
Can our prayers ever be wrong? Our prayers can be displeasing to God if we only do it because we have to, or if we just want to appear as if we are praying. But if we just don’t know what to pray for or we can’t make the words come out right, God looks into our hearts and the Holy Spirit helps us and prays for us. (Romans 8:26-27) 
Why do you think God wants us to pray? He wants to build a relationship with us, for us to make prayer a regular and important part of our life, and to know He is there with us all the time. 

Memory Verse: Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (NIV) 

Journal (age 8+) Copy the memory verse, and write one example of each: praise for God, give thanks for something, ask forgiveness for a sin, a prayer for someone else, and a prayer for yourself.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Jesus praying with His disciples. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Ask or discuss the following questions:
Who? (we pray to God the Father)
What? (we give thanks, ask for forgiveness, request daily needs, pray for ourself and others)
Where? (we can pray anywhere – in public or privately)
When? (we may pray to God anytime; actually 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to never stop praying)
Why? (to know God, for forgiveness, healing, peace, and for His glory)

Prayer: Practice what you learned today!

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