If you listen to a kid pray the Lord’s Prayer, it is super cute “our father who art in heaven, Howard be thy name”… until you realize that she has no idea what she is saying. Even for adults, it is easy to zip through the prayer without meaning the words because they are different from the terms we usually speak. So, here’s a translation for a 9 year old:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
God, you are our father. You are in heaven.
hallowed be thy name.
Your name is holy – it is special. Whenever we say your name, we say it with love and lots of respect.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
Whatever you want is what we want. You are the one in charge.
on earth, as it is in heaven.
We want to live now just like it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Please give us whatever we really need today.
and forgive us our trespasses,
Please forgive us for the wrong things we’ve done- (forgive our sins),
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
I forgive people for bad things they have done to me.
And lead us not into temptation.
Help us get out of situations where we will find it really really hard to do the right thing.
but deliver us from evil
and save us from evil.
What about you? When does your family pray the Our Father? What does it mean for your little ones? How has it impacted you?