Pastor Ryan continued our study of Jesus teaching His disciples what we refer to as The Lord’s Prayer. He began by sharing again the first part of the prayer, “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done.’” (Matthew 6:9-10)
The focus of this sermon was on our praying for God’s will to be done.
Pastor Ryan’s pointed out…
1. We should pray “your will be done” with the kingdom in mind
Our prayers should first be about what God wants for His kingdom on earth rather than what we want for our personal desires. Read Revelations 21: 1-5 for a picture of God’s kingdom as our pattern.
2. We should pray “your will be done” with the sequence in mind
Remember “your will be done” is in sequence with “Your kingdom come” — indicating that Jesus is instructing us to have a God’s perspective mindset as we pray.
3. We should pray “your will be done” with the Father in mind
In John 6:40 Jesus tells us the will of the Father – “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
So, it’s all about our relationship with the Father. What pleases the Father is for us to desire more of Him and to want what He wants. Jesus is telling us in His model prayer that when we pray our first desire should be for God’s kingdom to grow in our sphere of influence because we love Him.
Today, around your table with family or friends, talk about how you might pray:
• Discuss what might be in God’s will that He would want you to pray for.
• Talk about how your prayer time can help you to grow in your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. What does your prayer say about your relationship?
• Talk about how over time, your prayers can help you to say in every circumstance, “God, I trust You!”