This week we conclude a three-week focus on prayer, looking at the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. The first week, we saw God as high and lifted up and as our loving father. We saw prayer as a way of nurturing the relationship with our Abba, of giving Him reverence and praise, and of learning to delight in Him as He delights in us.
Last Sunday, we were reminded this is all God’s kingdom and we get to partner with Him by asking, “Your will be done on earth.” This not only tells us how to pray but also assures us that God’s answer will be in our best interest because it’s His good, pleasing and perfect will.
This week we are focusing on how we serve a God who speaks to us. What better way to spend our time but by praying through a portion of God’s Word. Read a few verses, stop on the one that catches you, and ask the Lord about the verse. Sit quietly for a bit to see if the Spirit prompts you to pray for someone (Psalm 5:3). We so often skip the waiting. Practice giving the Spirit time.
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He also said, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” How utterly amazing that our sins are forgiven! How challenging to us to not harbor unforgiveness! We must live in continual confession and forgiveness. If we ask, God helps us identify what to confess and who to forgive, so nothing festers and gets in the way of our relationship with him.
We would love to have everyone at Calvary participate in a prayer group. Learn more about available opportunities on our prayer page. Or sign up for one of our many prayer email lists at mycalvarygr.org. If you’d like to talk with us further about prayer, contact Cindy Marrell.