When we pray the words ‘your will be done,’ we are acknowledging God’s good intentions for earth, the reality of the present evil that is against these good intentions, and our own longing to see His will fulfilled. Praying this prayer will cost us both our worldview and our will as we are invited to partner with God in His good intentions for creation.
There are at least three things common to everyone alive: birth, death, and, in between those two, prayer… I have never met a person who has not prayed. It may be a spiritual prayer born of deep faith or the desperate cry in hopes that Someone might be listening after all. Everyone, everywhere, and of any age has prayed. It unites ancients, moderns, and post-moderns.
At times it is as natural as breathing while at other times it is difficult and painful. Prayer can be both easy and challenging; inspiring and disappointing; gratifying and exasperating; comforting and distressing. At times our longings are abundantly fulfilled and at other times we can feel ignored and our affections betrayed.
The One who prayed, “My God, My God, why have you forsakened me?” taught His followers how to pray and what to pray for. This series is a reflection on the prayer Jesus gave us.
Today’s Scriptures | Matthew 6.7-13
Matt. 6:7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Matt. 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
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THE WELL BOOKCLUB TABLE: Read or listen to any good reads lately? Danny Clem and Brian Leonard are starting a new opportunity around reading and discussing books together. We will be discussing our first book, Life Together, on Sunday, 10 February after the worship service. Stop by their table to find out more information.
Join us on Saturday March 2nd from 5 - 6:30 pm in the Worship Center. We are setting aside a night to worship and pray together using the Lord’s Prayer as a template for our time together.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2018 @ 8:15 am to 10:30 am, Fellowship Center
Admission is FREE!
Join us for a fun and inspirational morning of food, fellowship, worship, prayer and encouragement.
Invite your friends, youth 12+ are welcome!
This is an opportunity for men to gather, pray, worship and enjoy a time of connection, inspiration and encouragement.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity!
If you have questions, contact Rich Swanson: firstname.lastname@example.org.