Fix Your Eyes On Jesus
the greatest prayer in history
Do you remember the first time you prayed or the first season that you started to pray? Did you want to pray? Did you feel forced to? What prompted you?
This week, as we begin our new series, “Fix Our Eyes on Jesus,” we are going to look at the most famous prayer in the history of the world. This prayer reaches out to us in so many ways, no matter what the season, and reminds us of who God is.
On Sunday, Travis began with the concept of “firsts” as a way of describing how the church is to operate in the world: giving God the first day of the week, the first part of our income, the first part of the day, and putting other people first. Talk about how that concept keeps us focused on God and others no matter what the season holds.
Read Matthew 6:9. Jesus says, “This is how you should pray,” and then he gives a very short prayer! Have you noticed how short this prayer is? Part of what Jesus is saying is that the prayer can be short and simple, almost like breathing. Is this how you have experienced prayer? Share your experience.
Read Matthew 6:9 again. Travis mentioned on Sunday that God is always working and that right now God is rebooting his church. God is always near. Our Father in heaven has come near – that is the message of Jesus of Nazareth. What would it look like to take a relational step toward Jesus?
Read Matthew 6:10. This is a prayer of action. How does God usually get his will done on earth as it is in heaven? The answer is that God loves to do his will through his people. We get to look up and around, especially in a time when most everybody is looking down. What would it look like for you to look up and around in this season? Be practical.
Read Matthew 6:12. We get to forgive others, because we have been forgiven. We all have relationships in which the communication is strained. During this season, can you see more clearly that forgiveness and possible reconnection might be important? What would it look like to take a step in that direction?
Read Matthew 6:13. There is an evil one who is always tempting us. The more difficult the season, the more intense temptation can be. How are you being tempted to sin right now? What would it look like to stand and fight against that temptation?
Read this aloud. “For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever amen!” This is not in most of our Bibles, because it was added a bit later in church history and not in the earliest manuscripts, but it is so powerful. Read it again!
So, in the presence of God, share what you need and want, and invite the Holy Spirit to come and move.
Travis commissioned us on Sunday to be a people of prayer—to be followers of Jesus who live our lives the way he would live our lives if he were us. Prayer, which is simple and do-able throughout the day, is a conversation with Jesus. This is essential to our relationship with the One whom Jesus called Father. This week, say the Lord’s prayer (Mathew 6:9-13) a few times throughout the day. Allow the truth and power of it to mark your thoughts, conversations, and decision-making throughout the day.