How should we prioritise the things we pursue in life so as to lead a pious life?
Step 2: Teacher carries out the “My Understanding of the Lord’s Prayer” activity with students. Help them explore Jesus’ teachings on how one should prioritise the things we pursue in life so as to lead a pious life?
Teacher asks students to study Mt 6:9-13 (the Lord’s Prayer).
Teacher prepares six Prayer Cards with the details in “Teachers’ Reference: Appendix 3” (A Closer Look at the Lord’s Prayer). Teacher asks each group to choose a card and analyse its meaning.
Teacher hands out “Worksheet 3” (My understanding of the Lord’s Prayer) and guides students to discuss Jesus’ teachings on prayers. Ask students to complete the Worksheet and present the results of discussion afterwards.
May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.
Step 3: After posting all verses, discuss with students the following questions:
When Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer, what did he want us to put in the first priority?
In the Lord’s Prayer, three lines are related to personal matters. Which aspects of life do they concern about?
Step 4: Teacher shows “PowerPoint 5” (The Proper Attitude and Purposes of Praying), and explains briefly Jesus’ teachings on the attitude and purposes of praying. Then teacher summarises:
Through teaching the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus wanted us to prioritise various things we pursue in life. We should first concern about godly matters and pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God. After that, we can pray about personal matters.
When people pray about personal matters, they should first focus on one’s own basic needs. Then, they can pray about their relationships with others. Finally, they can pray about improving one’s spiritual life and staying away from evil matters.
Step 5: Teacher carries out the “I Will Pray Too” activity with students, assessing students’ understanding of the Lord’s Prayer.
Teacher asks each group to complete “Worksheet 3” (I Will Pray Too). Teacher reminds students to focus on pursuing godly matters and keeping oneself safe from evil matters.
Teacher asks students to present the contents of their prayers.
Teacher may ask students to comment on each other’s contents to see if they consist of elements similar to those in the Prayer Analysis Chart. This may help teacher assess how well the students understand the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.
True Piety Activity Three 3-3
Teacher discusses the following questions with students:
Through the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus reminds us to concern about godly matters and stay away from evil matters. Do you think this teaching is important to modern people? Why?
How can one live according to God’s will and pursue godly matters and avoid evil matters?
Step 6: Teachers can visit the following website and play the song “Prayer” to students, so as to consolidate their understanding of the purpose of praying:
Step 7: Teacher distributes “Students’ Reference: Material 1” (Pray to God) as a conclusion of the above activity.
True Piety Extended Activities
Teacher asks students to look for Christian, Buddhist, Tao and Islamic teachings related to true piety and good work from books, newspapers, magazines or the websites below. Students should pay extra attention to whether the religious teachings focus on the action or the spirit of good work.
Based on the information collected, ask students to reflect on the following questions:
What are the similarities and differences between the teachings on true piety and good work preached by different religions?
How would you comment on the teachings on good works preached by different religions?
Teacher may ask students to do sharing in the next period.
True Piety Appendix 1
Appendix 1: Anonymous or not? After the recent South Asian Tsunami, a lot of places initiated fund-raising activities for relief work. Below is a report on a donation. Carefully read the two ways of doing good work.