The Lord’s Prayer through the Eyes of Brickyard Children
Probably all of us have been taught the Lord’s Prayer at some stage in our lives, and have recited it many times. So many, in fact, that we can repeat the words without really needing to think about their meaning.
In Pakistan, a co-worker with Christian Freedom International has been teaching the Lord’s Prayer to persecuted Christian children who are bond-servants in a brickyard. They, along with their families, work six days a week for 14 hours a day, making bricks.They are “captive” to a Muslim brickyard owner, and if they don’t work or make enough bricks then they don’t eat that day.
The children are learning the Lord’s prayer in Urdu, and it has a particularly poignant meaning knowing the conditions that these children and their families live and work in day by day.
In the brick-yards, the people have absolutely nothing, but they recognise, with thanksgiving, that everything comes from our loving heavenly Father, and they ask for God’s will to be done, no matter the situation.
Join me in praying with them, and for them, as our Heavenly Father taught us:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, as your will is done in heaven, be done on earth….”
- Ask for God’s Will in our life no matter what. Commit ourselves to Him and be grateful, even if He asks us to live in a brickyard . . .
“Give us our daily bread.”
- Ask God to supply all our needs, each and every day. Everything we have comes from our loving, heavenly father. Be thankful for all . . .
“And as we forgive our debtors, forgive our debts too…”
- Forgive others. Ask God to forgive us. Ask God’s help to do this . . .
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory, is forever Yours.”
- Ask God to help us live for Him, one day at a time, no matter what our situation is. Give God ALL the glory.