Jesus knew we would find ourselves struggling with words to speak to God, so he lent us his. Listen in as we take a look at at The Lord’s Prayer.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standingin the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Church Can Be Simple Questions:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
With the invitation to call God “Dad,” Jesus is waking us up to the reality that God isn’t just a cosmic force. He wants us to see that God really is near us, is for us and loves us.
- What is your prevailing view about who God is, and how does that affect the way you pray?
- If you were able to trust that God is a father who loves you and is for you, how would this idea change your life? What areas of your life would be impacted the most?
- How do you think your relationship with your own earthly father has affected your view of God as father?
- The passage in Matthew 6 explains to us that the love of the best earthly fathers pales in comparison to how much God, our heavenly father, loves us. If you’ve never taken Jesus on his invitation to talk to God as if he was your dad, would you consider setting aside sometime this week to engage God in conversation.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
- To say “Your kingdom come” is to enlist in a rebellion against status quo systems of inequality. Heaven intensely values each person as bearing the image of God, heaven has no losers. How would you in your own way bring heaven’s values into your world?
- “Your will be done” surrenders to the infinite wisdom and love of God. It allows for the possibility that your most heartfelt dreams and desires can be exchanged for a higher purpose. Could your faith in God survive if the your most treasured dreams couldn’t be a reality? Could you ever make peace with God if the answer to some of our prayers was “No”?
- Could you ever see yourself having the courage to pray this prayer? Could you ever see yourself asking for the courage to pray this prayer?