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The Lord’s Prayer

How should I pray?

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What is prayer and how do Christians pray?

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GodOur Father who is in heaven, holy is your name

Jesus starts by saying how great God is. Jesus calls God ‘Father’.This is important for Christians. It shows that God is like a loving dad. It reminds them that they are God’s children. Jesus also says that God’s name is holy. This shows                                         respect for God – even his name is special.

 

friendsYour kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

God’s kingdom is a place where God rules and people behave in the way that Jesus teaches them to. Christians believe that in God’s kingdom, people love and respect God as he deserves and people treat each other fairly and kindly. This is also God’s will – He wants for the world to be the best place for us to live. When Christians pray this, they are praying that the Earth will be a place of peace and justice.

 

bread2Give us today our daily bread

Bread is a staple food and without food we can not live. Jesus tells his disciples to ask God for all the things they need. This is another sign of God’s care for His people.

 

argueAnd forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us

Jesus reminds his disciples to say sorry for the things which they get wrong – the things which hurt God and other people. Christians believe that God forgives their sins when they confess them. But there is something else they must do: forgive other                                                                                 people in turn. This is a reminder to live at peace with others.

 

freudLead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

Jesus knew that it was not always easy to do the right thing. So he taught his disciples to ask God for his help to live in a way that pleases God. Christians believe that God’s Holy Spirit lives with people, and He helps them do as God asks.

 

 

JesusFor Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever

The prayer ends where it begins: with God. Jesus reminds his friends that everything they do is to show the world how wonderful God is.

 

 

 

 

AMEN

When Christians pray this prayer they often finish with the word AMEN – this simply means that they agree with what has just been said.

Click here to read the account of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew’s gospel.

Lord Prayer Images from Phillip Martin Clip Art

 

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