Section Seven - Questions 105-123

Questions About Prayer:

Question 105:

  • Q: What is prayer?
  • A: Prayer is talking with God.

Question 106:

  • Q: In whose name should we pray?
  • A: We should pray in the name of the Lord Jesus?

Question 107:

  • Q: Why should we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus?
  • A: Because he intercedes for us and is our Mediator.

Parents will probably need to explain what a mediator is to children. Essentially, a mediator is a go-between. A mediator approaches someone and talks to them on your behalf. In our case, we need a mediator to go before God the Father and to bring our prayers to him. Because Jesus is both human and divine, he is perfectly suited to this role.

Question 108:

  • Q: What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
  • A: The Lord’s Prayer?

Like the sections dealing with the Ten Commandments, the following questions about the Lord’s Prayer need very little explanation, since they contain explanation within them.

Question 109:

  • Q: Can you repeat the Lord’s Prayer?
  • A: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Question 110:

  • Q: How many petitions are in the Lord’s Prayer?
  • A: Six.

Question 111:

  • Q: What is the first petition?
  • A: "Hallowed be your name."

Question 112:

  • Q: What do we pray for in the first petition.
  • A: That God’s name may be honored by us and all people.

Question 113:

  • Q: What is the second petition?
  • A: "Your kingdom come."

Question 114:

  • Q: What do we pray for in the second petition?
  • A: That the Gospel may be preached in all the world, and believed and obeyed by all people.

Question 115:

  • Q: What is the third petition?
  • A: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Question 116:

  • Q: What do we pray for in the third petition?
  • A: That people on earth will serve God as the angels in heaven.

Question 117:

  • Q: What is the fourth petition?
  • A: “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Question 118:

  • Q: What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
  • A: That God will give us everything we need for our bodies.

Explain that in Jesus’ time, the primary food that people ate to keep them full and healthy was bread. Because of that, “bread” came to represent food and all that you need to be healthy and safe. Asking God to give us “daily bread” is asking him to take care of our physical needs each day.

Question 119:

  • Q: What is the fifth petition?
  • A: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Question 120:

  • Q: What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
  • A: That God will forgive us our sins, and help us to forgive those who have sinned against us.

Question 121:

  • Q: What is the sixth petition?
  • A: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Question 122:

  • Q: What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
  • A: That God will keep us from sin.

Question 123:

  • Q: What does the Lord's Prayer teach us?
  • A: That we are completely dependent upon God.

This is probably the most important lesson to be learned from the Lord’s Prayer. Children need to know that they are more dependent upon God than they are their parents. We depend upon God not only for food and shelter, but just to keep living, to keep existing. Jesus is upholding the whole universe by his Word!