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Throughout the history of the church, godly men and women have taken seriously the command to “lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul” and to “teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
We have been given great help in our task by men who wrote instructional material that we could then use with our children. The Greek word katechesis refers to instruction by word of mouth. We instruct our children with questions and answers that cover the great truths of the Bible.
By doing this with music, we help them create a memorable mental framework for truth. As they grow older, they will be confronted with competing beliefs, assertions, worldviews, half-truths, and lies. Having heard the truth in their youth and having a solid framework for knowing what is true about God, themselves, and the world, they will be equipped to navigate what they hear in the future.
Text for the questions and answers in a printable format.
Answer: Prayer is praising God for who He is, thanking God for what He’s done, and asking Him for things He has promised.
Scripture: Let your gentleness be clear, for the Lord is near. Do not be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition, be thankful, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7
Answer: We should pray only in the name of Christ, our mediator.
Scripture: For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ. I Timothy 2:5
Answer: Christ has given us the Lord’s Prayer to teach us how to pray.
Scripture: “Don’t pray like the pagans; they babble all the time. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask” Matthew 6:7-9
Answer: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
Answer: Hallowed be thy name.
Scripture: Oh, the depth of the riches, Oh, the depth of the wisdom, Oh, the depth of the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay them? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36
Answer: Thy kingdom come.
Scripture: Brothers and sisters, please pray for us that the message of the Lord may be spread rapidly and be honored, as it was with you. We pray the Gospel be preached in all the world and believed and obeyed by more and more, and God’s kingdom may be established on the earth as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Answer: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray that men on earth may serve God, as the angels in heaven serve God.
Scripture: Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His word, who obey His word. Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the Lord, all His works everywhere in His dominion. Praise the Lord, O my soul, praise the Lord. Psalm 103:20-22
Answer: Give us this day our daily bread.
Scripture: Keep falsehood and lies far from me, You despise them; give me neither poverty nor riches. Give us this day our daily bread. Proverbs 30:8
Answer: Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Scripture: For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
Answer: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Scripture: Watch and pray so that you won’t fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41