The disciples were a lot like us. They often depended on their own strength and understanding even as they stood next to the Son of God! So, when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray, they may have been hoping for a “magical formula” to get God to listen and answer.
As children study each element of the Lord’s Prayer in these six lessons, they will come to understand that Jesus didn’t give His disciples (including us) a formula, but a template to first remember to whom we pray, God our Father who is holy and sovereign. Then, He tells us to remember that, like a loving father, God wants to hear from us; He wants us to share our needs and struggles, and, finally, to obey and hope in Him.
By learning and practicing prayer, children will develop confidence to approach God’s throne with the assurance of the psalmist: “God has surely listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer” (Ps. 66:19).