Recipe for a Prayer
Published By: Kate Finney
Get Yourself Focused
There is no one way to pray. Each of us has a unique relationship with God and He wants to hear us the way we speak. There are particular things we should include in our prayers, though, and Jesus gives us an example of how to put them together in Matthew and Luke.
- Read Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4
- Make a copy of the Lord’s prayer for the kids to take home with them
- If you like, make a homemade treat and include the recipe card to pass out as well
There are lots of different ways to pray. Some people do it at certain hours of the day. Others talk to God continually as they go throughout their day. Some people kneel, some sit, others walk while they pray. Prayer is basically just talking to God. There actually are certain things we should include in our prayers no matter how we do them, though.
In Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, with what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”. One of my devotional study books explained it to me this way. All good prayers have 4 basic parts and Jesus taught a prayer that includes all of them:
Adoration - The “A” for adoration means first you praise God and tell Him how you feel about Him.
Confession - Next, the “C”, for confession means we confess our sins to God and ask for forgiveness. Then we ask Him to help us not sin again.
Thanksgiving - The “T” tells us to thank God for all of the good gifts He gives us. You even thank your grandmother or your aunt when they give you gifts, right? God is even more generous than your friends and family. It is only right we should give thanks.
Supplication - The “S” is for supplication, which means we humbly ask God for things that would help us or others we care about. We ask for things that would make the world better and bring glory to him. We can even ask if there is anything we can do to help Him.
As you can see, the first letter of each word spells “Acts”, so that can help you remember what to do when you pray.
You don’t have to go in a certain order and you can use whatever words you like, but remember that the best prayers always include these ingredients.
Let Us Pray…
Say the Lord’s Prayer and ask the children to join in with you.