In this 5th Grade lesson, you study the Our Father, also known as The Lord's Prayer. You will look at the particular petitions expressed in this prayer.
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Pater Noster by Fridolin Leiber
The Our Father is known as the perfect prayer because Jesus Himself composed it. How could it be anything other than perfect if God the Son wrote it! In this prayer, Jesus is telling us what He wants us to say, think and feel when we pray.
The Catechism breaks the Our Father into an introduction and seven petitions. Let’s look at each one individually.
Jesus instructed us to call God our Father. Saying “Our” Father expresses our hope in being with Him in Heaven. The use of “Our” also shows that Catholics are united. Our relationship with God is individual and for the community. Every time we pray this, we are praying with all our fellow Christians.
WHO ART IN HEAVEN
This phrase shows that we know that God is all holiness itself. It also shows that we long to join Him in Heaven. It is an expression of faith, hope, and love.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
This means you understand that God is perfect. The Catechism calls this a “petition,” meaning that we are asking for something. The first three petitions of the Our Father have nothing to do with us. Everything is for the glory of the Father. The name of God is revealed gradually throughout the Old Testament. The New Testament reveals Jesus as the Son of God. When you pray that His name should be hallowed, you are honoring the holy name of God.
THY KINGDOM COME
It says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” And in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in Heaven.” By living according to the teachings of Christ, you have “the kingdom of God within in you.” By desiring Christ’s kingdom to come, you want His glory and His honor.
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Jesus showed you how to be obedient to the Father. In the Garden, He asked that only the Father’s will be done. The best way to know God’s will is through prayer. You must strengthen your relationship with Him continually. When you discern His will, you must fulfill it obediently. God’s will is always what is best for you.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
This phrase shows the trust you should have in God. You ask Him for everything you need for life, both earthly and spiritually. You must also remember those who ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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