(Parents, today’s devotion is from Jim’s newest book, A Boy’s Guide to Prayer. We pray it blesses you and your tween as you read it together!)
Just like you and me, Jesus’ disciples seemed to need help with praying. Wisely, they asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1). Jesus then gave them—and us—a model or sample prayer to pray. This prayer is usually referred to as the Lord’s Prayer.
Read it now in the verses below. Then answer the questions that guide you through an outline of the contents of this famous prayer. It’s in Matthew 6:9-13. Jesus began by saying, “Pray like this:”
Prayer should be offered as an act of worship. How is God to be addressed (verse 9)? “Our ________________ in __________________…”
Prayer should be offered with great respect. What word describes God’s name (verse 9)? “…Your name is ____________.
Prayer should be offered with the future in mind. What event did God promise to establish in the future (verse 10)? “May Your ____________ ______________ come.”
Prayer should be offered selflessly. What should be the desire of your heart (verse 10)? “What You want done, may it be ____________ on _______________ as it is in __________________.”
Prayer should be offered for personal needs. What did Jesus say we should ask for (verse 11)? “Give us ________ _______________ we ____________ _____________.”
Prayer should be offered for spiritual needs. Write out the first four words in verse 12. “_______________ ______ _________ ____________…” As God has forgiven our sins, what should be our attitude toward those who hurt us (verse 12)? “…as we _________________ those _________ _________ _____________________ _______.”
Prayer should be about avoiding sin. Write out the first six words in verse 13. “_______ __________ _________ ______ ______ ________________…” Write out what else we should pray for about sin (verse 13). “…but ___________ _____ ___________ _______.”
The best way for you to learn how to pray is by praying. A lot of things are going on in your life at home, at school, and with your friends. So whatever is on your heart and mind is a good place to start talking to God. But this model that Jesus gave His disciples and us is also a pretty good way to start learning how to pray—in fact, it’s perfect!
Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to show me how I need to come to You in prayer with every worry, decision, and choice I make. I look forward to the many blessings that come from talking with You in prayer. Help me to become a young man after Your heart who prays faithfully…just like Jesus did. Amen.
NEW RELEASES! A Girl’s Guide to Prayer by Elizabeth George and A Boy’s Guide to Prayer by Jim George—These wonderful resources will help your tween understand what prayer really is, how to pray effectively, and what they can pray for.
Receive a free accompanying devotional with your purchase of these books!
Memorize the Lord’s Prayer with your family members. Recite it every evening before you eat dinner together.
The best way for you to learn how to pray is by praying.