The Prayer of Jesus /Kingdom-Seeking Prayer/The Teacher Teaches Us to Pray (Matthew 6:9-15)
Study Date: Feb 16, 2020
MEMORY SELECTION: “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 KJV)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever: The Kingdom belongs to God, Power and glory are His as well, today and tomorrow and forever.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED: Daniel 6:6-13; Ezekiel 36:22-28; John 17:20-26; Acts 1:6-11; Luke 18: 1-8; Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:5-13
IDENTIFY: The place of the Lord’s Prayer in the life of the church.
LONG: For the kingdom of God described in the Lord’s Prayer to be manifested in our lives.
PRAY: The Lord’s Prayer with deeper appreciation for its meaning.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
- Have you ever had something happen to you that were not in your control? Where did you turn? To whom do you address your prayer?
- What is Prayer? What Motive Jesus ’disciples to ask Him to teach them to pray Luke 11:1: Where do you see God’s Kingdom at work in the world?
- Why is it important to begin our prayers with praise and adoration?
- Why is it essential to do God’s will on earth? How can we know, we are doing God’s will?
- What are the rewards of forgiveness? What is the promise giving to us about forgiveness?
- How do you envision Heaven? Where in life do you see or taste heaven in this life?
- Are our prayers ineffective if we do not use these exact words or follow the exact outline of the Lord’s Prayer?
INTRODUCTION. Prayer is an essential component in the healthy Christian life. Prayer is our privilege of free communication/intimacy with God. Because of that, it must reflect pure motives, humble actions, and non-hypocritical affections. Prayer involves coming before God with a respectful, honest attitude. Jesus was a man of prayer. Several of His prayers have been recorded in the Gospels. He knew that communication/intimacy with His heavenly Father was essential for both Him and His followers. Therefore, Jesus gave His disciples and us a pattern to follow in prayer. Prayer should express reverence and adoration for God as well as request for personal needs. Through prayer we should repent of sin so that we can maintain good fellowship with our holy God (see Psalms 66:18). This week’s lesson examines a portion of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. His teaching stresses the important elements that should be included in the prayer life of every Christian.
Our Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13) (Matthew 6: 1-2) The purpose of prayer is to glorify God, and these are the guidelines for prayer:
1. it should involve worship, reverence, and exaltation of our Father.
2. it should concern itself with the work God is engaged in, namely, the establishment of God’s kingdom and His will be done on earth.
3. it should be concerned with daily needs.
4. it should contain confession and seek forgiveness.
5. it should seek protection and deliverance from the evil one.
Notice this model prayer begins with the phrase “Our Father.” We put God’s concerns first; then we can bring in our own needs. This is the God-appointed way of having our needs met because prayer also prepares us for God’s answer.
Our Forgiveness (vv. 14–15): Forgiveness puts us in the right relationship with our brothers and sisters and with God.
1. This enables us to pray effectively; therefore, forgiveness is an important part of prayer.
2. We must pray with a forgiving spirit toward others.
3. Christians must be prepared and willing to forgive the offenses of others.
4. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
5. If you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you.
We all need forgiveness. To be forgiven is to be released from all guilt and condemnation. Forgiving means we should not be bitter or hostile, seek revenge, or hold hard feelings against another person. We should not rejoice when others fall on hard times.
PLANTING THE SEED:
- What does the title father, as applied to God, mean to you? What comforts you about that title? When you pray, do you have the reality of the “our father” in mind?
- What has happened to you here, in this life, that allows you to say “This must be what heaven is like?”
- Do you find yourself speaking of God in such personal language that you do not “hallow his name?” Or, do you find yourself speaking to God as though he is so far away and so far above us in holiness that we do not consider just how personal his relationship is with us?
- How do you believe we can live between these two realities? How do we reverence God as holy and live before him as our father?
- Do we find that we eat from such a great bounty of food, and eat foods that are far above the basic needs of life that we fail to be as grateful as we should?
- Do you find yourselves asking for forgiveness while failing to consider our need to forgive another?
- Can you name instances when you most felt tempted, yet overcame? How did your faith empower you to overcome?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED: Prayer is needed today more than ever. Prayer should be personal and from the heart. It should include the elements of worship, petition, and confession. As believers, we should be encouraged to put these principles of prayer into practice. If you are ever in doubt about what to include in your prayers, just remember the acronym “ACTS” which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (requests).