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The disciples didn’t know how to pray, so they asked Jesus. His simple answer can transform the prayer life of every Christian today.

Key Points:

  1. Pray to grow close to your Father, like you’re in an actual relationship with him. Matthew 6:9
  2. Pray to get in step with your King, for his will to be done and not yours. Matthew 6:10
  3. Pray to lean on your Provider, because you need what only he can offer. Matthew 6:11-13

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Matthew 6:10 May your kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

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Small Group Questions
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you ever feel like prayer is complicated? Explain.
  3. Read Matthew 6:7-8. What would you say is the essence of “Gentile” or pagan prayer? How is Christian prayer different?
  4. Describe a time God has seemed distant to you. What is it about God – or us – that can make God seem distant when we pray?
  5. Read Matthew 6:9, What does it mean to address God as a father?
  6. Does your experience with your earthly father help or hinder you in approaching God as your heavenly Father? Explain.
  7. Read Matthew 6:10. What does it mean for God’s kingdom to come? What does that look like in this world?
  8. When you pray “Your will be done”, what are you actually saying to God?
  9. Read Matthew 6:11-12. If God already knows our needs, why pray for daily food?
  10. If Jesus already paid for all our sins on the cross, why pray, “Forgive us our sins”?
  11. Read Matthew 6:13. What inner battles – spiritual, mental, or emotional – do you face on a regular basis? How can prayer prepare you for those battles?
  12. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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