The teenage brain is full of questions – What do I wear? Will I pass this test? Do I have friends? and the list goes on and on…
But, one question that shouldn’t require a lot of thought is – What should I pray?
This lesson takes a look at The Lord’s Prayer and reminds us that when we pray ‘Thy will be done’, we will never go wrong.
YOUTH GROUP LESSON ON THE LORD’S PRAYER
Bible: Matthew 6:9-13
Bottom line: The prayer that never fails is ‘Thy will be done’.
OPENING GAME: FINISH MY SENTENCE
Today’s game is going to test your ability to finish each other’s sentences.
First, let’s make a big circle.
Now, I will choose a well-known song and we will try to go around the circle saying the words to the song – or singing them, which honestly, might be easier.
But, here’s where it gets tricky: You can only say a total of 5 words of the song and then it pass to the next person in the circle.
If they can’t finish the next 5 words, they sit down, but you can still get back in the game, even if you are sitting down.
If it is someone’s turn and they can’t finish the song – you can finish it.
If you do it correctly – you stand up and join the circle again!
Let’s practice with one you will know: Let’s sing “Happy Birthday” to get the game going.
- “The Star-Spangled Banner”
- “Jesus Loves Me”
- “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
- Any popular song that’s appropriate (Disney always works)
- Popular cartoon songs
- After playing a few rounds, have students return to their seats.
Have you ever wished there was a ‘perfect prayer’?
You know – you say these special words and prayers are answered.
What kinds of things do you think could be in a prayer like this?
Well, it might be surprising to know that Jesus has saved us the work of trying to figure it out by creating a prayer like this – The Lord’s Prayer.
You know, the prayer that hopefully we could play the ‘Finish My Sentence’ game with and know all the words.
Let’s try it, but we won’t go around the circle, just blurt out the words if you know it – I will start: ‘Our Father, who art in… ‘
Give the youth a chance to finish the prayer, but don’t force anyone to take a turn, as some youth might not know the prayer.
The disciples basically asked Jesus to share a perfect prayer and he gave them this example.
But what does it mean?
Let’s figure it out together.
Divide the youth into 5 groups.
Give each group a phrase from The Lord’s Prayer with this challenge: Create a meme or Instagram photo, or even a drama skit, to explain your phrase in a creative way.
Group 1: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Group 2: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Group 3: Give us today our daily bread.
Group 4: And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Group 5: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Starting with Group 1, have groups take turns sharing their creative expression of the Lord’s Prayer.
Say: Let’s take a look at part of this prayer – ‘Thy will be done’.
Think about it: If you pray and seek to do what God would do, or in other words ‘do His will’ – THAT is a prayer that never fails.
When we pray to do things the way God would have us do them, our prayers are answered, no matter what.
So, everyday ask yourself this question: What would God do in each situation that I face?
The more you ask that question, and ask God to help you answer the question, the closer you get to his will.
Think of a tough situation you are facing.
Maybe a decision you need to make?
Family or friend issues.
Now, ask God to just do his will in the situation.
Think of how simple that is: God what do you want me to do here? And for God to just help you take each step as He would.
Let’s stand in a circle again and close by saying The Lord’s Prayer.
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- Which part of the Lord’s Prayer do you relate to the best?
- Invite youth to share a situation in their lives that they thought of during the lesson. How would praying ‘Thy will be done’ change how they look at the situation?
- Why do you think Jesus gave the disciples this prayer?