Christ the King Community Church
Dear God, Part 1: The Lord’s Prayer
July 2, 2023
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Matthew 6:5-13

Dear God, Part 1: The Lord’s Prayer

July 2, 2023 / Matthew 6:5-13

Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor

Jesus teaches us how to pray:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 

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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. 

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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.

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“This, then, is how you should pray…

“‘Our Father….

Our Father, in heaven…

Our Father, in heaven hallowed be your name…

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10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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I often mistake prayer for worrying out loud.
– John Ortberg

11 Give us today our daily bread…

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12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…

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13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’

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“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

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Small Group Questions

  1. Take some time and pray the Lord’s Prayer. What part of the prayer speaks to your soul? Why?
  2. In what areas of prayer do you struggle the most? Focus? Trust? Words? What steps could you to combat these issues?
  3. Do think it matters how we address God? Why or why not?
  4. Why do you think God created a connection between forgiveness and answered prayer?
  5. Read the entire section of Matthew 6:5-13. What practical application can you make to your prayer life right now?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

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