Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16)
December 2015 – Part 3 of 4 (Prayer Power)
Prayer is powerful. It is huge, and it is mighty in the life of a Christian. It does much to usher us into the presence of God in a way that nothing else can or does. Not only does it provide intimacy and connection, but it also speaks to a dependency on the Most High.
This week, the Phone Tree Bible Study Group will dissect the model prayer of Jesus. By looking at it and studying the particular words, we should be able to see how to best engage the LORD as we move closer to Destination JESUS 365-16.
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is 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 have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’
9 Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:
Our Father in heaven,
let Your name remain holy.
10 Bring about Your kingdom.
Manifest Your will here on earth,
as it is manifest in heaven.
11 Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
12 And forgive us our debts
as we forgive those who owe us something.
13 Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[But let Your kingdom be,
and let it be powerful
and glorious forever. Amen.]
Destination JESUS|The Genesis Prayer Power Assignments:
PONDER. (Assignment: Read at least 3 Bible translations of Matthew 6:9-13. After you read each version, write down any and every question you can think of regarding the verses. Additionally, write down any words that resonate with you and make you want to seek out a better understanding of its meaning.)
PRAY. (Assignment: Commit to praying a very personal and very specific genesis and/or destination prayer every day this week. Ask the LORD speak to your spirit in a powerful way so as to shake and wake you for the journey ahead.
PERUSE: (Assignment: Look at some of the other prayers of Jesus. Take note of how Jesus approached the Father, how He addressed Him, how He acknowledged His Lordship, etc.)
PARTNER: (Assignment: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a list of Phone Tree links pertaining to the prayers of Jesus or to make your prayer requests known.)
Destination JESUS Objectives:
To grow closer to the LORD GOD
To know a life-altering intimacy with His WORD
To experience a radical SPIRITual transformation
NEXT WEEK: Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16), Part 4/4 (The Pause and the Praise)