The Lord's Prayer - Jennifer Humphrey

Praying out loud has always been difficult for me. I’m not sure why, but it is. I get self-conscience and fret over what words to say and how to say them. Praying at UNITE during dinner, for instance, fell to me as the Children’s Director to do. My solution? I started asking the children to pray for the room full of people. “What a cool idea!” I thought. Everyone will actually stop their conversations and listen to their soft little voices, and, “Bonus!”… I won’t have to worry about what I’m going to say.

Well, despite the fact that it’s working and the children enjoy taking turns and praying for us… I think now that I’m a little ashamed of myself. Why am I giving up the chance to pray to God in front of my church family? That’s not how it’s supposed to be, is it? Maybe I should pray in that safe place each Wednesday so that I can overcome my fears.

What would I pray? I could pray about being thankful for the bounty of food before us. I could pray about being thankful for bringing us all together as a family. I could pray and ask God to watch over us and keep us safe. “See… how hard is that?”

You know one thing I have learned in my time as the Children’s Director of First Christian… I have learned (actually memorized) The Lord’s Prayer. I didn’t learn it through rote memorization on my own. I learned it by saying it every Sunday morning at Children Worship & Wonder. Did you know that our amazing storytellers pray The Lord’s Prayer with our precious littles every Sunday morning, just like we do in “big church”? It’s amazing to hear. The littles say the prayer with confidence, sweetness and without any fear. It is a beautiful thing to witness

So, during your Lenten journey, if you need something to pray because the words just aren’t coming to you… follow the lead of the littles.Study, memorize and pray The Lord’s Prayer. It’s beautiful, concise and meaningful. It’s something I highly recommend doing every chance you get.

Pray the words that He asked us to pray:

 “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom comethy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”

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