Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Lord's Prayer

Good morning, Anthem! We want to invite you today to join us at 12:30 for a time of prayer on behalf of our nation. You may or may not be aware, but today is the National Day of Prayer. It’s a day established back in 1952 by Harry Truman to call Christians in the US to devote themselves on a particular day (the first Thursday in May) to praying for our nation, its leaders and our collective future. We are going to spend time today walking through the Lord’s prayer on behalf of our nation but first, we want to spend some time this morning walking through it for ourselves.

Matthew 6:9-13 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.


A prayer of praise.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

Take a minute and praise God, in your own words, for His closeness (Father) and His holiness, greatness, majesty (hallowed be your name). 

Some places to go to reflect...
-Psalm 8
-Romans 8:37-39
-Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14


A prayer of alignment and intention.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Spend some time releasing your own desires and aligning yourself to the desires of God, to His mission in this world...and then intending to participate in “His will being done”.

Some places to go to reflect...
-John 3:16-17
-Matthew 5-7
-1 Peter 3:8-12
-Luke 4:18-19


A prayer of dependence.

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Take a minute to acknowledge to Jesus your total dependence on Him for both life and effectiveness in kingdom life. Ask him for provision not only physically but spiritually.

Some places to go to reflect:

-John 15:1-17
-Matthew 6:25-34
-Psalm 1
-Matthew 4:4
-Psalm 73:26


A prayer of repentance.

“And forgive us our debt”

Continuing with the theme of dependence, we come to a prayer of repentance knowing that not only are we dependent on Jesus for our life to be sustained and for the ability to be effective on mission, but also for our very relationship with Him. We need forgiveness to walk with Him. 

Spend some time in repentance over the things that are preventing you from walking in right relationship with him.

Spend some time thanking Him for his grace, that He freely offers this constant forgiveness.

Some places to go for reflection…

-Colossians 2:13-15
-Romans 5:6-11
-1 John 1:8-9


A prayer of reflected grace.

“As we also have forgiven our debtors”

Take some time to acknowledge that by being people who ask for forgiveness from our Father, that means we have made the decision to be people who forgive...all the time. Ask Jesus to show you if there are people you need to forgive. Ask for His grace to fill you and be reflected to those who have wronged you.

Some places to go for reflection…
-Matthew 18:21-35
-Colossians 3:12-14
-1 John 4:7-21


A prayer for help.

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

We all know we need help each day. Spend some time asking the Father to lead toward righteousness today, asking Him to open your eyes to evil and temptation, and determining to follow Him.

Some places to go for reflection…
-Romans 7:24-25
-Hebrews 12:1-2
-Psalm 119:105
-Galatians 5:16-26

We know that is a lot of Scriptures to work through in one day… but our hope is to circle back to these and spend a day on each one next week. So if you didn’t get through all the Scriptures, that’s ok, we will have more time to work through one section each day starting on Monday. 

We are looking forward to gathering with you and praying in a similar way over our nation. Join us at lunch time! 12:30 on zoom.