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.
Silence.
Take a minute and simply close your eyes and take a couple deep breaths. Relax.
 
Read.
Slowly read the Lord’s Prayer. As you do so, take note of what sticks out to you, or grabs your attention.
 
Read.
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?
 
Read.
One more time, in silence, slowly read the passage. Take note of what sticks out to you.
 
Pray.
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.

MONDAY

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

Prayer:

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

TUESDAY

Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my heart.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

–Colossians 3:15

Prayer:

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

WEDNESDAY

Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my home.

 

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

Prayer:

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

THURSDAY

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

Prayer:

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

FRIDAY

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

Prayer:

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

SATURDAY

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

Prayer:

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


 

Week 3

Praying with the Lord’s Prayer through Lent

Each day we will take a different line from the Lord’s Prayer and use it as a guide to begin praying.
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.

Our Father in heaven… Let the power and truth of these words penetrate your soul. After a few moments, proceed to the portion of the prayer that corresponds with the day of the week.

MONDAY 

Hallowed be Your name…

Father, cause Your great and holy name to be honored and reverenced and esteemed and treasured above all things everywhere in the world, including my heart. -Amen

TUESDAY

Your Kingdom come…
Father, please cause Your glorious, sovereign, kingly rule to hold sway without obstruction everywhere in the world, including my heart. -Amen

WEDNESDAY

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
Father, cause Your all-wise, all-good, all-just, all-holy will to be done all over this world, including my heart. -Amen
THURSDAY
Give us today our daily bread…

Father, I am not asking for the fame or fortune. I am asking for bread. Give me what I need to live a full life in You. May I never look to anything or anyone to be my source of life or to define who I am. I am complete in You. -Amen

FRIDAY

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…

Father, I am thankful for forgiveness, but I don’t want to keep sinning. Convict me of the overpowering entanglements of temptation. Deliver me from evil. Guard me from Satan and from all his works and all his ways. Deliver me from myself. Put within me a passion to walk in holiness. -Amen

SATURDAY

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…
-Matthew 6:9-13

Father, I am thankful for forgiveness, but I don’t want to keep sinning. Convict me of the overpowering entanglements of temptation. Deliver me from evil. Guard me from Satan and from all his works and all his ways. Deliver me from myself. Put within me a passion to walk in holiness. -Amen

You can’t pray, “Your kingdom come” until you are prepared to pray, “My kingdom go.” Are you willing to do that? Until we give God permission to supplant or even dismantle our personal kingdom— our own wants, desires, priorities, plans, and goals— we can’t really pray “Your kingdom come” with any integrity.

-Pastor Greg Laurie

Week 4:

Give us today our daily bread. -Matthew 6:11

 

DAILY BREAD

 

PRAYER PRACTICE:

Daily, bring your needs before God. Be specific. Pray through your schedule and the day that is about to unfold – the meetings, appointments, decisions, challenges, etc. Ask God to help you use what you have been given to live out His WILL, to expand His KINGDOM, and to display His great NAME.

 

TODAY

 

PRAYER PRACTICE:

Practice being fully present in the moment. Ask God to show you when you begin to dwell on the regents of YESTERDAY or worry about the uncertainties of TOMORROW.

 

 

GIVE

 

PRAYER PRACTICE:

Take each meal as an opportunity to recognize God’s abundant provision. Spend a few moments at the end of everyday and give thanks for another day. Ask God to show you how He has been present and active throughout your day.

 

US

 

PRAYER PRACTICE:

At each meal, as you give thanks to God for His provision to you, spend a few moments and pray for those who are in need (those you know personally, as well as those who live in your community and abroad).

 

JESUS is OUR BREAD

 

PRAYER PRACTICE:

Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the only One who can satisfy the deep longing and hunger within our souls. It is as we follow His will, live within His kingdom and honor His name that we experience life to the full, overflowing with peace and joy.

 

Throughout each day this week, pause and simply say, “Jesus, You are my bread. It is You that sustains and give me life. Give us today our daily bread.”


Week 5

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
–Matthew 6:12

 

Each day, take the portion of Scripture provided and spend some time reading, reflecting and praying. Allow God to direct your thoughts, prayers and how you should respond to the text.

 

MONDAY

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9 NIV

 

TUESDAY

Search me, God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting. -Psalm 139:24-25 NIV

 

WEDNESDAY

12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. –Psalm 19:12-14 NLT

 

THURSDAY

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. –Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

 

FRIDAY

Matthew 18:21-35 :: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

 

SATURDAY

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. –Colossians 3:12-13 NIV


Week 6

This week, we wrapped up our Teach Us to Pray series, where we used the Lord’s Prayer as a framework.  As we concluded this week, we ended the service with a powerful poetic expansion of the Lord’s Prayer. It serves as a good example of how each element of the Lord’s Prayer can be applied and prayed to our lives in the here and now.  The following is the poetic piece that was shared at the end of service. This week, take some time using it as a springboard for reflection and prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer :: A Poetic Expansion

Our Father
Who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name.

That name, The name we cannot tame,

And would not aim to try.

For your name’s above all names,

Relentlessly shows its fame,

And effortlessly holds its claim.

Your name it is holy.

Your name is the only

One that can Be known as the I Am.

So we stand here In your presence,

And we pray here in deference

And we ask:

May Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done.

It can be done; It will be done;

The work’s begun

On earth As it is in heaven

In you and me,

Friends, can you see

The we that we would be

If he’d not set us free

To be the we

That he Can make us be?

Our lives are exchanged.

Our hearts have been changed.

Our passions rearranged.

And he has beseeched us,

Unleashed us, Bequeathed us

The keys to his kingdom,

The work that must be done.

Here and now

We can plant and plow

He will show us how.

So don’t wait. Don’t hesitate.

Don’t let it percolate,

Or let time confiscate

The power We have in this day and hour.

My brothers and sisters,

We cannot resist this;

It is our existence

To become his assistants,

To make exchange,

To enact change,

To rearrange,

All in his name.

So that when we say,

“Give us this day
our daily bread,”

We mean instead:

Please, God, give unto us

The things that you have for us

That will make us victorious.

But first we must attend

To the things we must amend,

And the ways we still pretend

To be something other

Than the life you’ve uncovered.

So search our hearts and know us,

And show us The brokenness in us.

Bring to mind our lapses,

And forgive us our trespasses.

Let the light of your face

Erase

My disgrace.

Replace

The trappings of this place

By the power of your grace.

For it’s by you we live And give

As we forgive.

And choose not to pass judgments

On those who affront us

who trespass against us.

Perfection forgave us

And gives us The means for forgiveness

Of others.

In your mighty name

Remove all our stains,

And precede us,

And lead us 

not into temptation
But
towards your redemption

Made possible by your preemption

of death.

Father, please deliver us

From evil that may hinder us.

For we find ourselves connected

To the power that resurrected.

That power

It has seized us,

It frees us,

Sin flees us

because we have seen Jesus!

My mind cannot fathom

The wonder that can come,

That has come

For thine is the kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory.
For ever and ever
Amen.

by Nick Benoit

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