*This camp/retreat curriculum could be easily adapted for weekly Sunday school or Youth Group use. Make modifications as needed. The intent is to help Youth experience the Means of Grace (Spiritual Disciplines/Christian Practices).Session 3: God Light– The Lord’s Prayer
Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, 1 sheet of drawing paper for each camper, crayons.
‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:9-13 NRSV
Open with Prayer
“Lord, teach us to pray….” Luke 11:1 NRSV
Flip the Light Switch
“We are to change the world by prayer.” Richard Foster
“The great thing is prayer. Prayer itself. If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying….You start where you are and you deepen what you already have.” Thomas Merton
“The point of prayer is not to get what you want, but to receive what you need.” James Mulholland
The Main Idea of this session is that Jesus gives us a model of how we should pray.
Read through the Key Scripture. Is this a familiar Scripture for everyone in the group? Look through your Bible at what comes just before this passage and what comes just after. Does that tell you anything new about this prayer?
“Hey! What’s that?”
Recently it has been very popular (and commercially successful) to pray a certain prayer from the Bible. Look up this prayer: 1 Chronicles 4:10
Write it out here:
How is this prayer like the prayer Jesus taught?
How is it unlike the prayer Jesus taught?
What does it say about a prayer when the person praying it uses the word “me” or “my” four times in two sentences?
What does it say about Jesus’ prayer that the words “our,” “us,” and “we” are used?
In your journal rewrite the Key Scripture prayer substituting the words “my” for “our” and “me” for “us” and “I” for “we.”
Now write a paragraph about how you think the meaning of Jesus’ prayer has been changed by this re-writing. Which form is better- Jesus’ or your re-write?
Lastly, write a simple prayer of thanks for the model of prayer that Jesus taught.
With a large sheet of drawing paper and crayons, draw a picture of Jesus’ prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. Share your art with the group when you have finished.
Have a discussion about the different components of the Jesus prayer:
- What does it mean to address God as “Father?”
- If someone has an abusive father, how might that affect the way they think about this prayer?
- What does it mean to pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth?
- How would/will you feel if/when it does happen?
- Who avoids living like the Kingdom of God may appear? Why?
- Why should we pray for just one day’s worth of food (bread)?
- Why does the issue of forgiveness come up?
- What time of trial would you like to avoid?
- How has “the evil one” affected your life?
In a circle, with hands on each other’s shoulders, pray the Lord’s Prayer (the Jesus Prayer) together.