Our Father Who is Present & Cares

THE COMPASSIONATE FATHER – A LIFE WORTH LIVING – SERMON RESOURCES

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ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP

On Sunday, Pastor Donnell encouraged us to use the Lord’s prayer this week to draw closer to Jesus through prayer.

Here is the version from the gospel of Matthew:

“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.”

Matthew 6:9-13

As you read the prayer slowly, you might consider the following questions:

Do you believe that God is listening to you, hearing every word and thought, as the most loving earthly father would? What does it mean for you for God’s kingdom to come on earth? What would this mean for you, personally? What does daily bread mean for you? Does this expand your concept of what God provides for you or restrict it? Do you feel that God has been providing your daily bread, or do you still feel a lack in this area? Do you think that you have debts (or sins) that God needs to forgive? How do you feel about asking God to treat us as we treat others in this regard? Do you face temptations that you want God to protect you from? Are there particular evils that you want God to deliver you (or others) from?

As you consider (and answer) these questions while you pray the Lord’s prayer, invite God into the conversation. Share your feelings and thoughts, especially your desires, both fulfilled and unfulfilled.

Read the prayer though a second or even a third time, more slowly each time. Feel free to pause in places where you had a significant conversation with God the first time through. Feel free to let new feelings and thoughts arise and add these to your conversation with God.

When you have finished, jot down any significant thoughts, feelings and decisions that you had or made.

Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: spiritual.practices@annarborvineyard.org.

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