Club 252

The Lord’s Prayer

We’ve been working on memorizing The Lord’s Prayer (our O verse) the last couple weeks. Since I didn’t know any particularly easy songs or anacronyms or anything to help the kids remember it, we worked on making one up ourselves. Here’s what our family came up with.

Purple bead = “Our Father…hallowed be Thy Name.” Purple is the color of royalty. Jesus started His sample prayer to us with a recognition of His Father’s holiness.

Blue bead = “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on EARTH as it is in Heaven.” Blue reminds me of earth. Do I ask for God’s will to be done on earth? This was the first thing Jesus did after addressing His Father.

Brown bead = “Give us this day our daily bread.” Brown reminds us of bread. Next Jesus asked for daily provision. Not wants, but needs for the day.

White bead = “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” White reminds me of the purity that comes when we confess our sins, get our hearts right with God, & our attitudes toward others alined with God.

Dark/black bead = “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The dark bead reminds me of the darkness of evil. Jesus prayed for protection from evil. Satan is out to destroy us. We are foolish to go through the day unaware of our enemy. Jesus showed us the importance of asking for protection.

Yellow bead = “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.” The yellow bead is similar to the purple beginning bead, but Jesus closed His prayer acknowledging His Father’s position, power, and Who has the glory. FOREVER. Yellow reminds me of the crown on a king, and glory shines, and Heaven is forever; eternity. Jesus ended thinking about His Father, just like He began His prayer. It’s all about HIM, not us & our needs. God wants to hear our needs & wants us to ask Him for protection, provision, etc. but beginning & ending prayer with God as the focus reminds us of our place in the whole thing.

Prayer is such an awesome, wonderful gift! These bracelets are not meant to be used like a rosary or anything, but to remind the children how the Lord’s Prayer goes as well as provide a way to steer our daily prayers.

Here’s an activity to try at home. You could tear colored pieces of paper in the colors of the bracelet. Take time to pray as a family some time this week using the colored papers. Get a bowl or plate or something to put in the middle of your circle. Put a scrap of blue in as you pray for God’s will to be done in a certain situation. Put a white scrap in when you confess. Put a black scrap in when you ask for protection from evil. Begin with purple & end with yellow. Maybe even try this a few times in the next few weeks. Come back to Club & tell us how it went. Did it help direct your prayer time?

Have a prayer filled week. Hi-YAH!