This week, we are praying with Matthew’s Gospel which describes Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Each Lent this story is presented and so children will be familiar with it – the challenge each year is to hear it in a fresh, new way.
But God’s word is living and active and so we can have confidence that God will help children to recognise in a new way that Jesus was tempted just like we are and that He models how to resist temptation by trusting in God’s love for us.
This week’s prayers help children to reflect on the ways they are tempted in similar ways to Jesus and how Jesus wants to help them to resist temptation and become more like the people God has created them to be.
How to Lead
Slide 1 Each day, read a paraphrased section of the Gospel to help children understand the context of the prayer.
Slide 2 Help children to reflect on how Jesus was tempted and how we can be tempted in similar ways.
Slide 3 Invite children to ask Jesus to help them to resist temptation and so become more like the person God has made them to be, living in freedom and without fear.
NB Monday’s prayers have an extra introductory slide.
Key Stage Variation
There is a separate PowerPoint for KS2 with a ‘Reader’ role for a child to read the Gospel passages.