Monday, March 27, 2017

Personal or Small Group Study of Matthew 6:9-13 The Lord's Prayer

For the next few weeks (Monday and Thursday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 
This study was originally designed for High Schooler it will show up in this study. 

Lord’s Prayer in unison (hand out a copy of the prayer)

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.


Jesus said pray like this. In Matthew 6:9-13 

QUESTION: What part of this prayer did you like?

Let’s look at the different parts of this prayer

“Our Father  in heaven”— God is “our” father indicating a family (we have brothers and sisters). In Jesus time a father was the responsible provider and the person who loved his family. It is sad some parents don’t look anything like God who love, cares, and wants to provide for us.

“May your name be kept holy” — QUESTION: How do you judge your friend’s parent? 
Often we judge our friend’s parents by the way the friends talk about them and the way the friends act. It’s the same with God. This reminds us we have a responsibility to keep God’s reputation good by our words and deeds.

“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.“— This involves surrender of the world to God and giving God the only area of the world we control: ourselves. 

“Give us today the food we need” — Trust and contentment. Jesus will talk about this again in the sermon. Remember last week: God knows what we need.

“And forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us” — Yes, you have done wrong and need to ask for forgiveness, but you also have to forgive others. This is hard but required. (realize forgiving someone does not mean you trust someone) We will talk about this next week. 

“And don’t let us yield to temptation” — We need God’s help to keep us from doing wrong.

“But rescue us from the evil one” — God not only wants us to pray that we are protected from ourselves but also from the forces of evil in this world. 

Prayer can be more than these words but these words cover the basic content in the prayers of Jesus’ disciple.

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