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Bible Verse Fun With Grandkids
Helping my grandkids “hide God’s Word in their hearts is one of my dearest joys. We have so much “Bible verse fun” and just plain ole fun along the way! One of my grandkids and I have been working on a variety of Bible memory projects through the past year. Currently we are working on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer. This is not the first time I have focused on teaching Lord’s prayer to kids. A few years ago, my older grandkids and I also enjoyed working on this project.
Teaching Lord’s Prayer to Kids
I’m a firm believer in the use of music to help my kids, grandkids, AND myself to “hide God’s Word in our hearts!” I’ve heard so many lovely stories of people who were in very difficult, sometimes dangerous situations as adults and God brought to mind Bible verse songs from their childhood to encourage them and sometimes even lead them back to Him.
When I decided on the project of teaching Lord’s prayer to kids and grandkids, I went on a song hunt.
I am probably most familiar with the KJV and still love it mightily. But I couldn’t find a song I liked in KJV.
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 us 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.
Therefore, for my young grandkids, I decided to use the NIV version of Matthew 6 with some minor tweaks for my grandkids as it matched well with the song, The Lords Prayer, by the Wonder Kids from 50 Bible Songs (pictured below). That way we can sing it as well as say it. I love the song and so do my grandkids! And it makes a fun way to hide God’s Word in our hearts.
An almost identical version is on their album, Kids Sing the Songs of Jesus. I am blessed to have access to both these albums for free thanks to my Amazon Prime membership. One caveat to all this – they also recorded a KJV (King James Version) of this song/prayer BUT the ones I found were all missing the verse – Forgive us our debts… – That’s why I didn’t use that particular song for this project. I’m not sure why. But I would personally not recommend that version. 🙂 However, these two resources both had that verse so I am quite happy to recommend them. 🙂
The Lord’s Prayer is quite long and this particular grandchild is only a toddler, but thanks to the Wonder Kids music, he pretty much has it memorized.
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
Lord’s Prayer Craft Ideas
Of course, Bible verse fun in my house usually includes crafts, games and projects. This time, I picked the cute picture frame above (from *Sonya DeHart Design at Etsy*) since it has nice little circles. It will make a fun project for grandkids who are toddlers and preschoolers. You can either color in the circles, use Do a Dot markers, or use circle stickers on them. My grandkids and I have enjoyed several projects that way.
This is a cute project to do with our grandkids, and then post to the fridge or save in a Bible Picture book for them to keep working on and learning.
Lord’s Prayer Wording
By the way, did you know that “deliver us from evil” can also be translated “deliver us from the evil one.” In fact, the NIV uses that wording. BUT they have a little footnote that explains it could be either. I learned that a while back and really appreciated it so I I frequently pray both of those together – ie “deliver us from evil and from the evil one.” However, for these sweet grand-toddlers, I did go with the more traditional deliver us from evil – again, that was mainly to match the song. 🙂
Lord’s Prayer For Our Elderly Parents
I am wondering if many of you have found, as I did, that the Lord’s Prayer was also memorized by our sweet elderly parents. And that it is quite comforting to them in a variety of situations including long sleepless nights. I frequently put that or Psalm 23 on using an old iPhone for my mom and she immediately starts reciting along with it. Sweet comforts for all ages in our Sandwich Generation families and yet another great reason for teaching Lord’s prayer to kids. Isn’t it nice to know that our Bible verse fun has so many useful purposes and the joys can last for a lifetime? 🙂