“The Lord’s Prayer,” Friend, February 2017
When Jesus Christ lived on earth, His disciples noticed that He prayed often to His Heavenly Father. They asked Him to teach them how to pray. The prayer He gave is sometimes called the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus prayed:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Matthew 6:9–13).
The prayer begins with reverence for our Heavenly Father.
When we have a testimony that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God, we feel joy in its progress and want to build it up.
We pray that even the smallest task will be done as God would have it done. It makes all the difference to work and to pray for His success more than for our own.
We must forgive to be forgiven.
We can remain clean with Heavenly Father’s protection, the Savior’s Atonement, and the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.
We don’t often use these exact words when we pray. But the words of this prayer are a perfect example of what we should ask Heavenly Father for. I know that God the Father lives. He hears and answers our prayers.
The Lord’s Prayer can help us learn how to pray. When we pray, we can use our own words to talk to Heavenly Father about our day and our joys and worries. He wants us to pray to Him.
Copy the words below onto pieces of paper and use them to make a mobile. Hang it somewhere to remind you to pray every day. You could decorate your mobile with pictures from the Friend!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Here’s what happened today …
I thank Thee for …
I ask Thee for …
Please forgive me for …
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.