Needed: Bibles, a loaf of store-bought bread
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Introduce the lesson with a short review. Say something like, Last week, we started talking about prayer and we said that we can always talk to God, can’t we? He’s always listening and we can talk to Him about anything we want. But there are some things that Jesus told us we should pray about. Jesus taught us how to pray these things in the Lord’s Prayer.
Let’s take some time saying the Lord’s Prayer together again. (Say the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase with your students a few times in order to help them begin to memorize it.)
Last week we learned that we call God “our Father” because He loves us and takes care of us just like our dads do. And God made us just like our dads helped to make us with our moms.
We also learned that we call God’s name “holy” or “hallowed” because God is so special and we want to respect Him.
Last, we learned that we pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it in Heaven to show that we want to do God’s will. We want to listen to God and do what He says. And we want to tell other people about God so that they can believe in and listen to Him too. Then everyone will listen to God on Earth just like everyone listens to Him in Heaven.
Today, we’re going to learn about the rest of what Jesus said in the Lord’s Prayer.
(Have a student to read Matthew 6:11.)
(Show students a loaf of bread.) Where did this bread come from? The store.
Where did the store get it? A bakery, they made it.
Where did the bakery get the wheat and the other ingredients to bake it? A farmer.
And who made the wheat grow in the farmer’s field? God.
The farmer planted the seed and did his work, but God is the only one who can make something grow. So I got the bread from the store, the store got it from the bakery, the bakery got the ingredients from a farmer, and the farmer got his ingredients because God made his plants grow.
So when we pray for God to give us our daily bread, we’re asking God and trusting Him to give us what we need every day because everything we get originally comes from God, just like the ingredients for the bread originally came from God when He made the farmer’s plants grow. Jesus is telling us that we should ask God and trust Him to give us everything we need every day.
(Have another student read Matthew 6:12.)
Jesus says that we should ask God to forgive us for our debts, or sins, or transgressions. If you do something wrong, do you want God to forgive you for that wrong thing you did or do you want Him to just stay angry about it? You want Him to forgive you. And God wants to forgive you for those things. He doesn’t want to stay mad. So when you do something wrong, Jesus says that we should just ask God to forgive us and He will. It’s as simple as that.
But Jesus also says that we should forgive other people when they do something wrong to us.
(Have another student read Matthew 6:14.) What does Jesus say we have to do if we want God to forgive us? We have to forgive other people.
Why does Jesus say that we should forgive other people when they do something wrong to us? If God is nice enough to forgive us when we do something wrong, we should be nice enough to forgive other people when they do something wrong. Jesus says that if we don’t forgive other people, God won’t forgive us. We have to be willing to forgive others just like God forgives us.
(Have another student read Matthew 6:13.) The last thing Jesus says we should pray for is that God would “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Who is the evil one? The devil.
And what is the devil always trying to get us to do? The devil is always trying to make us do wrong things or to not believe in God. The devil wants to make it so that we go to Hell when we die and not Heaven.
But when we pray for God to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” we’re asking God to help us not do the wrong things that the devil wants us to do. God can give us the strength to say no to the devil and to do the right things. God is much stronger than the devil.
So, remember, we ask God to give us our daily bread because everything we need originally comes from God. We ask God to forgive us for our sins and remember that God wants us to forgive other people when they sin against us. And we pray for God to help us stand up against the devil and to do the right things instead of the wrong things.
Let’s say the Lord’s Prayer a few more times together and see how well we can all remember it. (Say the Lord’s Prayer with your students a couple of times to help them in their memorization of it.)
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