Luca is learning the Lord’s Prayer in his preschool class. I was so excited about it I designed a poster to hang in he and Adriano’s room. I thought we could learn it and recite it before bedtime. Or maybe even at our Thanksgiving dinner!
We usually say this sweet little prayer before bed:
Gentle Jesus, hear my prayer
Keep me in your tender care
Be my guide in all I do
And help me live my life for you
It’s short, so it’s easier for little ones to remember. But now that they’re a bit older, I think it’s a great time to start working on the prayer Jesus taught his disiples. (Of course, they also still make us laugh with their never-ending prayers blessing every person they’ve ever met and thanking God for everything from the cat to crackers.)
The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:5-14 (ESV)
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The frame (16×20 matted) is from Target ($20), and I ordered the print from Costco ($7). The initial hooks are from World Market ($8).
If you’d like to make your own poster, here is the printable:
Click image to download the high-res 16×20 image.
I have updated the poster to reflect the ESV version. See this post for more options!