Week of 3.5.17

The Lord's Prayer

This week we want to live into the reality that the Triune God is a listening God. To do so, we will practice the discipline of praying the Lord’s Prayer. Included below is a way to practice this in Community Groups, as well as a way to practice it individually on a daily basis.* 


Group Practice

As a large group, pray the Lord's Prayer together aloud, phrase by phrase and add prayers as suggested below. The rhythm involves saying together a line of the Lord's Prayer, reflecting on it, then adding small additional prayers around the themes of that line. It can look something like this:

Our Father in Heaven, may your name be honored as holy.

  • Ten seconds of silent reflection.
  • Thank God for his love as Father, affirm his holiness, and ask to be his imitators—children called to lived holy lives.

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

  • Ten seconds of silent reflection.
  • Ask to align yourselves with God's kingdom purposes. Pray for ways your group is or can be reaching out to your local community and neighbors.

Give us this day our daily bread.

  • Ten seconds of silent reflection.
  • Pray for all your physical needs, whatever they might be: food, work, health, living situation, job, schooling and so on.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

  • Ten seconds of silent reflection.
  • Pray for God to forgive your own sings. Ask God to help and guide us to forgive those who have sinned against us, not in a general way but in a specific manner.

And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

  • Ten seconds of silent reflection.
  • Pray for God's protection over ourselves and our communities. Pray especially for those places or for those persons who are experiencing hardship, suffering, or other trials. 

Close by saying together, "For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen."


Individual Practice

  • Repeat the same exercise as the Group Practice, but individually.
  • You might also consider writing down or journaling your prayer as you go. 
  • Pray through the Lord's Prayer once a day throughout this week, and consider how this practice may reshape your prayer life, your relationship with God, or your understanding of who he is. 

*Adapted from from Mary Kate Morse, A Guidebook to Prayer (Intervarsity Press, 2013)