We were looking at the Lord’s Prayer in the Soul youth group this week. It’s a prayer most of us know off by heart, but how much do we ever think about the words? We were looking at the fact the Lord’s Prayer is meant not only to be said, but also used as a pattern for our prayers. I then challenged Soul to come up with their own prayer based on the Lord’s Prayer and this is what we came up with:
You are just
loving and kind.
We want to say thank you for food and shelter
for helping us through the day
for loving us
for letting us into your family
We pray for protection and energy through the day
for help with schoolwork and friends
Please forgive us when we get things wrong
when we snap at people
Help us to forgive others and ourselves
to tell others about you
to resist temptation
Help those around us – our family and friends
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
If you were going to write a prayer patterned on the Lord’s Prayer, what would you come up with? Why not spend some time this Advent reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer and try putting it in your own words?
And if you want a good book that helps you model your prayer life around the Lord’s Prayer, then let me recommend a book by Richard Coekin called Our Father (Enjoying God in prayer). Well worth reading, or passing on as a Christmas present!
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