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. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.Matthew 6:7-13

1. What is the Lord’s Prayer?

  • What does it teach us?
  • How does it train us?
  • What does it remind us of?

2. What is it not?

  • What was the approach to prayer of the ‘hypocrites’? (vs.5-6)
  • What was the approach to prayer of the ‘Gentiles’?(vs. 7-8)
  • How have these different approaches affected the way that you pray? Do you ever feel that you will be heard on the basis of the quality and/or quantity of your prayer?
  • What is the basis of God hearing our prayers?

3. Discuss together the first petition found in verse 9: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

  • What does it mean that we call upon God as ‘Our Father’?
  • How does the fact that our Father is ‘in heaven’ empower our prayer?
  • What is meant by ‘hallow be your name’?

Pastor Allen Russell – Matthew 6:9b-13

“Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.
-Matthew 6:9b-13

1. Much like the 1st petition in v.9 for God’s name to be hallowed, why is it important for us to pray for God’s kingdom to come?

2. What types of conflicts arise when we look to the establishment of our kingdoms rather than that of God’s?

3. What purpose(s) does the Church serve in the advancement of God’s kingdom?

4. The Christian resides in the tension of the “already/not-yet”. Describe this tension. In faith, how does this tension motivate the life of a believer?

5. Christians wait with great anticipation for the day of Christ’s return – the final judgement. Why is it sometimes a difficult prayer to ask the Lord to “come quickly”?

6. Close your time giving God the glory for the establishment and perseverance of his kingdom’s citizens, and the advancement of his kingdom’s walls. Pray that more might be added to eternity with God to his glory and the joy of the Church.

“Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.
-Matthew 6:9b-13

1. How has God used the Lord’s Prayer already to shape the way that you engage him?

2. We are instructed to pray “Your will be done”. What is the will of God? (for addition help, reference Deuteronomy 29:29 + Ephesians 1:3-11)

3. How would you sum this petition up in one word? (encourage all group participation)

4. Why could it be said that this prayer is both an ‘unsafe’ prayer and yet a ‘good’ prayer?

5. What difficulties have you faced regarding the will of God?

6. Why are the words “on earth as it is in heaven” so important to the mission of the church?

7. Spend time praying together

“Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.
-Matthew 6:9b-13

1. What does it mean to pray ‘give us this day our daily bread?’

2. Why do you think that it is important that prayers for our own personal needs follow the first three requests in the Lord’s Prayer? Does this order have any impact on our prayers for practical needs?

3. Dietrich Bonhoeffer noted that as a result “the disciples realize that while it is a fruit of the earth, bread really comes down from above as the gift of God alone.” Do you find it difficult to acknowledge your need for daily bread from God? If so, why?

4. What is the connection between food and worship? Can you give any examples from scripture?

5. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31. What are some ways that this community can grow in its practice of this?

6. God desires dependence and gratitude for his redeemed people. How can these things be cultivated in our lives?

“Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
-Matthew 6:9-15

"Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil."
-Matthew 6:9-13

1. What are some of the ways that God has used our time together in the Lord’s Prayer to shape you? (prayer life, worship, gratitude, priorities, etc)

2. Though we are loved and sovereignly held within God’s grip, the final petition of this prayer reminds us the Christian life will at times be a treacherous journey. What are some examples of the dangers, toils and snares that you’ve faced along the way?

3. What are some truths about God, ourselves, and this world that the end of the Lord’s prayer leads us to acknowledge? Are these things that you are naturally aware of?

4. How is evil, sin and temptation overcome? How can we be overcomers?

5. What is the hope found in this prayer that we can count on?