The Lord’s Prayer

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In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus offers us a template for prayer. First, he invites us to orient ourselves toward God’s nearness and Fatherly love, and secondly, he invites us to ask for what we need. In this sermon, Ian illumines this familiar prayer and guides us in an exercise designed to help us make the Lord’s Prayer our own. 

Sermon Discussion Questions

  • Jesus taught his disciples to pray (Lk. 11:1). What or who has been helpful for you in learning to pray? How has your approach to prayer, or understanding of prayer, changed over time?
  • “Prayer is relational and conversational,” Ian pointed out. “It is not just the transfer of information, but listening to and being with God.” Do you agree? What do you find challenging about prayer? What do you find rewarding?
  • Looking at the Lord’s Prayer (vs. 9–13), what do you notice? What stands out to you? How would you describe this prayer? Does anything intrigue or surprise you?
  • In vs. 9, Jesus invites us to orient ourselves to the fatherliness of God. When you pray, do you orient yourself to God as a loving Father, or do you perceive him as a different kind of figure (a judge, a magician, etc.)?
  • The Greek word for “heaven” can be translated as “the air around you.” How does this change your understanding of vs. 9? Do you have difficulty perceiving God as near when you pray? When, if ever, have you perceived him as particularly near?
  • In the words “Hallowed be your name” (vs. 9b), Jesus invites us to express reverence for God, embracing the mystery of his holiness. What does reverence look like to you? Where or when have you felt particularly reverent?
  • In vs. 11, Jesus models asking for everyday needs. Do you feel comfortable asking for everyday needs? Which needs do you tend to ask for, and which do you not ask for? What keeps you from asking for God’s provision?
  • Using the Lord’s Prayer as a template, take a few moments to pray, 1) orienting yourself around God’s fatherly love, nearness, and holy mystery, and 2) asking provision for your needs, forgiveness of sin, and deliverance from evil.