My friend Mary Corbin has a ministry called His Hands. It's about taking a small group of underprivileged kids and giving them Jesus. Real simple, uncomplicated, non-institutional. Mary awesomely relates to these kids and does things with them to show them Jesus' love.
So yesterday she wrote the following:
I'm teaching the His Hands kids about prayer at Bible Club this month. Yesterday, we talked how Jesus told us to pray simply, and we looked at the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We went through Jesus' example of prayer line by line, discussing what it meant, and then they were given the assignment to put it into their own words, to apply it their lives and make it into their own prayer. Then we read a few out loud, and I had chills! Here are a few of the boys' prayers:
God you are great.
Whatever you want I will do
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us what we need today.
Please forgive our sins
as we forgive people who have wronged us.
Help us in situations not to be tempted,
and get us away from the devil.
Dear Magnificent God,
Your kingdom come,
Your will we will do, in Heaven and Earth.
Give us the things we need to survive,
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive people who have sinned against us.
Help us not to get into situations that we will be tempted.
Lead us from bad to good, Amen.
Lord, you're good!
Your kingdom on earth, you can make it happen!
I will do anything the Lord wants me to do.
Give us what we need,
Forgive us for all our sins.
We also forgive other people.
Lead us to where we need to go in our lives,
Take the bad away from me,
And bring in the Holy Spirit.
Praying real simple connects us to God's heart!