Summary: What are the biggest problems you perceive in our world today? In your own life? What frightens you? What motivates you to DO something?
In our churches, we say, “Your Kingdom Come . . .” or talk about Kingdom (with a capital K). What are we praying FOR when we pray for God’s Kingdom to come?
As we continue to the second petition in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your Kingdom come,” we realize that God’s Kingdom does not exist just in Heaven . . . “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.”
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The Lord’s Prayer is a dangerous prayer, not to be prayed without commitment or consequences. It is meant to change our lives and shape them into Kingdom Servants.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
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- Watch the Ted Talk (November 20, 2018) by Katharine Hayhoe, a prominent climate scientist (17 minutes). You can also listen to a podcast of an interview with her on BioLogos: the Language of God, episode #53 (August 20, 2020( (www.BioLogos.org). How does what she has to say about climate change affect the Christian community? Should it?
- Read Luke 11:1-13. In Jesus’ model prayer, what two concerns related to God come first? What personal concerns then follow?
- How do prayer and forgiveness relate?
- What does the parable in verses 5-8 teach us about prayer?
- How do verses 9-10 relate to the parable? What attitude is implied in these verses?
- How do verses 11-13 clarify the intent of verses 9-10?
- NOW: what should be the relationship between this prayer and our own?