Fun Ways to Learn the Lord’s Prayer
In Matthew chapter 6 and Luke chapter 11, Jesus instructs the disciples on how to pray what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. This is considered the model for how we all should pray. In this prayer we affirm who God is, ask for forgiveness, request what we need for daily living, and pray for the world to be what God envisions it to be. Teaching children both the words and the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer provides them with a solid prayer foundation. Pray it together as a family as often as you can. Below are interactive suggestions for both learning the words and discovering the meaning.
Because many of the words in the prayer are not words we use every day, we rewrote the prayer in everyday language during youth group:
Holy God in heaven, holy is your name
You will make the world a good place, like heaven.
Let us have enough food to eat every day.
Forgive us when we mess with people,
just like we forgive those who mess with us.
Give us strength to do the right thing
Keep us from harm.
Your have power over all things forever.
The Lord’s Prayer by Patricia Pingry: line by line, each page of this book offers the text of the Lord’s Prayer and a brief description of what the words mean. Words like “hallowed” and “trespass” are unfamiliar to children. This book does an excellent job of teaching the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.
Lords’ Prayer by Tim Ladwig: The only text of this book is the Lord’s Prayer, but the richly illustrated pictures tell a real-life story of living as Jesus taught.
Tracing Cross: Click here for a printable Lord’s Prayer practice from Building Faith.
Memorize with movement: Toss a ball or soft object back and forth. The person who catches the ball says the next line of the prayer. How fast can you complete the prayer without dropping the ball?
Create a Lord’s Prayer Banner: Print the lines of this Lord’s Prayer Banner. Each week ask students to write their personal prayers and clothespin near the appropriate line of the text. For example, “I’m sorry” prayers are placed near “forgive us our trespasses” while prayers of thanks for our needs go near “give us this day.” This banner is appropriate for middle elementary (kids who can write sentences) and up.
Share the prayer with the world: Write and illustrate the prayer on your sidewalk!
Prayer Stations: Here is a set of prayer stations for most lines of the Lord’s Prayer that offer an opportunity for all ages to reflect up on each line using common objects. These prayer stations are appropriate for ages 5 to adults.
Portions of this article were originally posted on the website of Christine Hides, NUMC Director of Ministries with Children and Youth. Used with permission.