In part 17 of our series, The Life and Words of Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew, Joshua Harris preached from Matthew 6:7-15, where we learn that prayer is about: relationship, God, real life and forgiveness.
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Questions for reflection and application:
1. Take time as a Care Group to read Matthew 6:7-15
2. Do you view prayer as a duty or as a privilege? Does the thought of prayer provoke guilt or incite hope?
3. “What a distance between us in our helplessness and God in his glory, but ‘Father’ reaches all the way!” Believer, when you go to prayer, are you aware of God’s goodness toward you in Christ?
4. Prayer is about God. Do your prayers reflect the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer? Are they centered on God and his agenda? Or are they primarily centered on you and your agenda?
5. Prayer is about real life. Are you aware that God cares about even the mundane needs and details of your life? Do you bring your daily concerns to your Father?
6. Do you pray for God’s help to walk in righteousness? Are you depending on your Father’s strength to deliver you from evil?
7. Prayer is about forgiveness. When you pray, are you aware of God’s costly forgiveness of you in Christ? Do you forgive those who wrong you?
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