DINNER: Why are there two Lord's Prayers?

Take some time at dinner one night this week to read this fun fact and then discuss some of the questions.


Did you know...


…that there are two different versions of the Lord's Prayer? This week we hear the story of Jesus teaching his disciples what words to say when they pray. This is a prayer that you might have heard other people say or maybe have learned yourself. Well did you know that the version Jesus teaches his disciples in this week's gospel has different words than the one most people learn.


In the version, which is from Luke's gospel, Jesus does not tell his disciples to pray for God's will to be done or to be rescued from the evil one, both of which are in the version from Matthew's gospel, which is the one most people know. I wonder why Matthew has these words and Luke doesn't, and did Matthew add words or did Luke take words out. What a prayer mystery!


Questions for Discussion:

1) Do you like to pray? If not, why not? If so, how do you pray?

2) What is something that you pray for?

3) Is it ok to pray differently than other people? Why or why not?

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