The Lord's Prayer
Updated: Aug 11, 2018
“This, then, 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.” -Matthew 6:9-15
Why Memorize the Lord's Prayer?
There are many reasons to teach the Lord’s Prayer to your kids. It’s a prayer that they will use throughout their entire lives and can be a really useful tool in their spiritual walk.
Jesus taught us the Lord’s Prayer during the Sermon on the Mount and it has been used by Christ followers since then. It is a prayer that almost every Christian since the beginning of the faith has said. How powerful is that?!
Having a few prayers memorized can come in handy when you don’t know what else to pray. There have been a few times in my life when I (Steph) have been crippled with anxiety. During those times I found it difficult to pray because I didn’t even know what to say. I deeply believed God knew my heart but I desired a connection with Him. So I would simply pray the Lord’s Prayer. Sometimes, when my kids wake up from a nightmare we say the Lord’s Prayer together. It is something they have memorized so in those moments of distress, it is an easy and calming way to ask Jesus to be near.
If you are new to praying with your kids, the Lord’s Prayer is a great place to start. It takes a lot of pressure off of you as the parent because you don’t have to think of what to say. You can just practice talking out loud to God with your child.
A few Ideas
This is a good exercise to do before bed. You can say your own prayers and finish with the Lord’s Prayer or simply say it alone. It’s up to you. To help your child memorize it say it once out loud by yourself, then break it down into pieces and have your child repeat after you. As you do it more and more you can start having your child say more of it without your help until they can say it all on their own.
Print off the prayer on a piece of paper and put it on your child’s night stand. If they are learning to read this is great practice. And if they know how to read it will make memorizing it easier.
If you memorize the Lord’s Prayer, move onto The Apostle’s Creed.