Variations of The Lord’s Prayer have become an intrgral part of Christian worship and has become sacred memories of countless believers in many denominations. This prayer is most likely the best known of the scriptures in the Bible and most often used in corporate worship. The Lord’s Prayer forms relationships within the church community and often brings closure to the pastoral prayer during services.
Prayer is so important to all of us, including children. How can our families stay “prayed-up” each day while in the midst of busy schedules? Children need to understand that prayer is simply having a conversation with God and it doesn’t need to be long or formal.
The most exciting way for them to feel a closeness to God is to pray each day at home and see parents and family members praying together. We can do this, even while walking around our yard or within our daily rhythms and household habits of chores or car rides.
Cultivate Faith at Home
Read: Luke 11:1-10 and Matthew 6:5-13
Watch & Learn: Be sure to watch “Faith Like a Child” video (end of post) which is a Children’s Moment given by Mark Burrows, Children’s Director extraordinaire from First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Texas. This video tells us about the various postures of prayer mentioned in the Bible and also a fantastic way to learn the Lord’s Prayer! Also, this is an excellent way to model faith at home when given the example (training parents through the Children’s Moment) and a take-home card with a few “I wonder” questions and ideas for faith-talk during the week at home.
Cultivate Faith Talk (Preschool-Early Elementary)
- I wonder what you say when you pray to God? Do you like to fold your hands?
- I wonder, can you pray with your eyes open? I wonder if you can pray with your hands up in the air?
- I wonder what it means to keep “knocking at the door and the door will be opened to you” in the Matthew Reading? What happens when you knock on a good friend’s door? Do they open the door?
- God is your friend always, so always talk to him? I wonder what you want to tell him today.
Cultivate Faith Talk (Elementary and Older)
- I wonder, what are the most important words in The Lord’s Prayer?
- I wonder why we pray The Lord’s Prayer in church?
Ideas for Faith-On-The-Go This Week-Let’s Notice and Experience (All Ages)
- On a walk around your yard or on a trail, stop when you see a squirrel, bird, etc. and just thank God for nature and His wonders. (“God, thank you for your beautiful world, Amen”)
- While riding in the car during the day or night, look to the sky and talk about God’s wonders.
- While riding in the car, pray for the people passing you on the road. (Dear God, we pray for safety for everyone)
- Play the “Quiet Game” name, and then pray silently for someone who is hurting for 15- 30 seconds.
Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer-Children’s Moment by Mark Burrows, Children’s Director at First United Methodist Church/Fort Worth, Texas
THE CHILDREN’S MOMENT IN WORSHIP IS A SPRINGBOARD for CULTIVATING FAITH @HOME
The Lord’s Prayer (Action Prayer Video): The Lord’s Prayer/Action Prayer by Mark Burrows
(Video used by permission from Mr. Mark)
(This Children’s Moment is a great example for ways Children’s Ministry Directors/Pastors/Volunteers can involve the congregations and provide models for parents of cultivating faith that can be implemented at home!)
Using The Lord’s Prayer “action version” by Mark Burrows, ideas can be created for Faith-At-Home. Here are a few examples:
- For our Dinner blessing, let’s raise our hands to pray and thank God tonight like they did in the Bible. (Hands up) “God we’re grateful”. (Hands folded) “Amen”
- As we say our prayer tonight before bed, let’s get on our knees or prone on the floor.
- Stand up around the table and try one line of the Lord’s Prayer with the motions that Mr. Mark used in the video each night this week before our dinner blessing.
Place your hand on your children’s shoulders and give them a special blessing in the morning, at night or when running out the door.
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” (Psalm 113:3)
“I pray you trust in the Lord with your heart. He will direct your paths.” (Adapted from Proverbs 3:5-6)