Week 1

Praying with the Lord’s Prayer

“To be a Christian without prayer,” wrote Martin Luther “is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Communion with God is at the core of what it means to follow Christ. Prayer is the word we use to describe our interactions and communication with God. Jesus’ disciples noted something significant about Jesus’ time alone with God. It was so noticeable that they plainly requested, “Jesus, teach us to pray…”
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to explore how we can utilize the Lord’s Prayer, to connect with God. The following directions are a potential guide for this week.
Take a minute and simply close your eyes and take a couple deep breaths. Relax.
Slowly read the Lord’s Prayer. As you do so, take note of what sticks out to you, or grabs your attention.
Slowly read the prayer a second time. Only this time, do it out loud.
Did you notice anything different that time? What was it like to hear yourself saying the words?
One more time, in silence, slowly read the passage. Take note of what sticks out to you.
Take the portion, line, phrase or word that sticks out and spend a few minutes talking with God.
This Week.
Do this each day this week. You may find it helpful to write down in a notebook the word, sentence or phrase that captures your attention.
Each day, do this with fresh anticipation to meet with God and experience Him in a new way!

Week 2

Praying with the Lord’s Prayer through Lent 


Begin with silence. Say the first line of the Lord’s Prayer several times.

Our Father in heaven…

He is your Abba. He is above all and by His power, holds all things together. Let the power and truth of these words sink into your soul. After a few moments, read the prayer focus of the day, along with the passage of Scripture. Then spend some time praying through the accompanying prayer. As you go throughout your day, prayerfully bring to mind the focus of the day.


Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my mind.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher

than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. –Isaiah 55:8-9


God, help me to see my life and circumstances from Your perspective. May my thoughts be honoring to You. Throughout my day, help me to be aware of what and how I’m thinking. As the Psalmist prayed “search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” May Your kingdom come in my mind.-Amen


Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my heart.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

–Colossians 3:15


Sovereign King, I surrender the kingdoms of my life to you. My desires. My ambitions. My plans. My relationships. My career. My everything. I desire for my heart to be Christ’s throne. May Your kingdom come in my heart.  –Amen


Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my home.


The kingdom of God is in your midst. –Luke 17:21


God, my family is a kingdom. I can try and do all that I can for this little kingdom, but today, I remind myself that you are the Ultimate King. May the members of my family live in accordance to Your will and Your ways. May our home be filled with the joy and peace that comes from living fully surrendered to Christ. May Your kingdom come in my home. –Amen


Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my community.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14


God, You have a plan for the Rio Grand Valley. May Your plans and purposes be revealed and fulfilled. May Your people turn to You, seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways. Come and heal our land. Bring Your peace and justice to the border. May Your kingdom come in our community. -Amen


Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my nation.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. –1 Timothy 2:1-3


King of the Universe, the heavens are Your throne, the earth is Your footstool. As the prophet Isaiah declared, “You hold the oceans in Your palm. You have measured off the heavens with Your fingers.” You hold the hearts of kings in Your hand. May You indeed turn the hearts of our leaders toward righteousness, justice and truth. May Your kingdom come in our nation. -Amen


Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come… on earth as it is in heaven.

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. –Exodus 19:5-6

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
-1 Peter 2:9-10


Great God and Designer of the Universe, who am I that you are mindful of me? You have chosen me, called me and appointed me to live at this particular time in history. You have a plan and a purpose for my life, a mission to be accomplished. May I step aside and allow You to take center stage in all my life. May I be an extension on Your kingdom here on earth. May Your kingdom come, here on earth as it is in heaven. -Amen

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