The Galilee Flyer software in the following lesson is now available FOR FREE to our Supporting Members. Go to https://www.rotation.org/forum...r-children-and-youth. The free download includes the game guide and numerous printables.
I have also written a different Lord's Prayer lesson that uses Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game software (also now free) for the Rotation.org's Writing Team Lord's Prayer Lesson Set (open to supporting members).
The following lesson outline was originally part of a larger set of lessons I wrote about the Kingdom of God over in the Parables Forum.
There's a great BIBLE BACKGROUND on the Lord's Prayer open to all our members in the Writing Team's lesson set. It has a terrific Word Study on the words of the Lord's Prayer.
The Lord's Prayer Computer Workshop
Summary of Lesson Activity
The Lord's Prayer is one of the four lesson-games in Galilee Flyer software for PC. The pop-up notes and questions which the kids answer as they fly over the Sea of Galilee help explain the images and meanings of the Lord's Prayer. It takes a minimum of 30 minutes to play the game. Young children will need older helpers.
The Lord's Prayer could easily be called "The Prayer for the Kingdom". Jesus told us to pray for it. And that prayer is a set of marching orders as well. Thus, in my software lesson, I'm going to focus on the kids learning and understanding the Lord's Prayer.
- The Lord's Prayer is a prayer for and about the Kingdom of God
- Who is our King and what is the King like?
- What is the Kingdom like?
- What can we ask for and expect in the Kingdom?
- Remember to print the game guide and flying helps.
- Install and explore the software.
Welcome your students and explain what they'll be learning and doing today. Find out how much they know about the Lord's Prayer. Ask how they learned it and where and with whom they pray it.
Study and Fly
The lesson begins with a brief Bible study to find the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6, recite the prayer, then introduce the idea that the Lord's Prayer is a "Prayer about the Kingdom of God." The Lord's Prayer can be called a "Prayer about the Kingdom" because it describes God's kingship, and tells us what we should expect and do in God's Kingdom. After this brief exploration, you will move quickly into the Galilee Flyer game about the Lord's Prayer (which has more about the meaning of many of the words and images in the prayer).
You may use the following restating of the Lord's Prayer to help your students understand these two important ideas:
1. The Lord's Prayer can be thought of as a "Prayer for the Kingdom." The "Kingdom" was one of Jesus' main teaching themes.
2. Jesus taught us the Lord's Prayer to be a TEMPLATE for our prayers, and not as a magical prayer that must be said the same way every time. Explain what that means.
A suggestive and suggested "Kingdom" version of the Lord's Prayer
Our Father we praise, honor, and trust (hallow) in your name which is above all names (in heaven)
We pray for the earth to be like heaven. That your Kingdom of love and justice and peace would transform our world and our relationships.
Give us today what we need to enjoy and bring your Kingdom, things like... bread and justice, faith and boldness, love and patience.
Remind us that your Kingdom is a place of mercy where we forgive and lift each other up just as you forgive and lift us up.
Be with us through the challenges and deliver us from despair and evil thoughts.
We gratefully pray all these things knowing that we will live in YOUR Kingdom, are saved by your power, and will be surrounded by your glory* forever and ever. Amen
*"glory" in Hebrew describes something like a ring of light, a halo, an embrace.
Once they all land after completing the game, have everyone fly to the discussion area in the hills above the southern end of the sea to consider the discussion questions there.
Pray the Lord's Prayer together.
For an alternate computer lab lesson on the Lord's Prayer...
Use Cal and Marty's Scripture Memory Game software to let kids create their own Lord's Prayer scripture scramble game with comments and quiz questions. (This program is free to supporting members of Rotation.org. Learn more.)