Learning how to pray is an important part of growth of all of the People of the LORD God. It is important to have daily talks with our Heavenly Father in the form of prayer. Children need to be taught how to pray just like the disciples needed to be taught.
Everyone needs to know how to pray. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and gave us an example of the right way to pray. Jesus said there are a right way to pray and a wrong way to pray. We should not say our prayers in front of people just to make them think we are good. This is a wrong reason to pray.
Jesus got mad at the way the Hypocrites pray. Hypocrites are people who pretend they are good when they really are not. They want people to think they are good by the way they pray out loud and using big words that do not mean anything. It is just a way of showing off to others making them feel better than others.
Sometimes the Pharisees, who were very religious, would stand on the street corners everyone could see them praying. The LORD God knew what was in their hearts and that they were just showing off. That is the wrong reason to pray.
When we pray, we should go into our room, close the door, and pray to our heavenly Father in secret. Our prayers are to our Heavenly Father not for our friends to hear. It is a personal communication between the LORD God and us.
The disciples wanted to know how to pray and they went to Jesus and ask Him. This is what Jesus said to His disciples and says to us.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
What this prayer is teaching us:
Our Father which art in heaven: This is addressing our Father which art in heaven. We are not praying to Jesus, the angels, or our parents we are to be praying to our Father which is in heaven. We are so blessed we have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much. He knows our every need.
Hallowed be thy name: The name of the LORD God is Holy and we should give Him our love, honor, and respect.
Thy kingdom come: We want the kingdom of God which is the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah to come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: We should be praying for what the will of the LORD is not what our will is. We want what the Heavenly Father wants in our lives just as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread: We are asking for food to eat. This is important because many children do not have food to eat every day. It is a blessing that is given to have food to eat every day.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors: This may sound hard but it isn’t it means we are to forgive others or the LORD will not forgive us. If a friend hurts your feelings and says they are sorry; then you have to forgive them.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: This is one of the last things Jesus said in His prayer so it is important to remember. The evil one is satan who wants us to do wrong. Our Heavenly Father is always there to help us do that which is right. The Heavenly Father is stronger than the evil one.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen: The ending of the prayer is a reminder that the Heavenly Father should be given the honor and glory. It is important to remember that our Heavenly Father is our supreme ruler and is a perfect Father who loves us.
When we talk to Him just remember to be honest and give Him the reverence He deserves.
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