Happy Talking Tuesday! We talk and visit and ask things of many people in our life: in big groups and small groups. Our precious Jesus wants us to come to Him, one-on-one, moment-by-moment, and then take and offer His glorious grace to the world. Blessed to be walking with Jesus, and you! - Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Do you have “go-to” people in your life that you can trust? How often do you interact with these people to foster the relationship? What kind of fruit comes from time spent with one another?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Matthew 6:5-15 ] 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Summarize Jesus’s words in 5-6. What is his main idea?
_ What can we learn in vs 7-8 about the length of our prayers throughout the day and our Father’s awareness?
_ Who is the focus of our prayers in vs 9?
_ What is goal of our prayers in vs 10?
_ What is “daily bread” in vs 11 and what time period is mentioned in Jesus’s model prayer?
_ What two-fold pattern of repentance do we see in vs 12?
_ What does vs 13 infer about the spiritual battle that rages in and around us?
_ Forgiveness plays a key role in this patterned prayer Jesus gives us. Who do you need to forgive today?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)