“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
• What was your relationship with your earthly father like? How is our Heavenly Father similar or different from your earthly father?
• Read 2 Cor. 1:3-4. What does this passage reveal to us about the heart of God and about how we should relate to Him as our Father?
• What does it mean to hallow God’s name?
• Why is it important to start our prayers this way?
• Why does Jesus teach us to pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done? If God is all powerful, why would His will ever not be done on earth?
• Why are we supposed to pray each day for our daily bread? How did manna work in feeding Israel, and what can we learn from this insight when it comes to our prayer life with God?
• The Bible says to be anxious for nothing (Phil. 4:6-7), and Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow (Matt. 6:34). How does prayer help us obey these verses?
• When we ask Jesus to forgive our debts what will He do? (1 John 1:9)
• What is the difference between simply saying the words “please forgive me” and actually repenting of our sins?
• If we expect God to forgive our sins, what does He expect us to do to people who sin against us? (Matt. 6:14-15)
• When we pray we are asking God to lead us. How does God lead us while we pray? (Ps. 23:3, Ps. 119:105)
• Why should we pray in Jesus’ name?
• What time and day(s) do you plan to worship God this week? Put them in your calendar right now.
• What time and day(s) do you plan to pray to God this week? They can be the same time or a different one.
• Using Jesus’ prayer as a model for your prayer time, what do you want to include in your time devoted to Jesus this week?
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