Friday, August 18, 2017

Meditation on the Lord's Prayer

Meditation on the Lord’s Prayer  (Matthew 5:9-13)
Our Father which art in heaven…
                What is the role of a Father?  How would God be the perfect example?
     Explain some ways your life could be different as you relied on your all-powerful, 
     all-compassionate Father.
Hallowed be Thy name…
                In what ways can people, by looking at you, see the holiness of God?
                How can you help others see the holiness of God?
Thy Kingdom come…
                Imagine what settledness earth will possess when the Prince of Peace is come.
                What peace can come to my mind and heart now as a subject of his kingdom?
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
                How is God’s Will done in heaven?  What is the result? 
                How would God’s will done on earth look different from today?
                In what ways is pursuing the will of God better than pursuing my own will?
                How can I cultivate a desire for God’s will?
Give us today our daily bread
                How would daily dependence on God be a better benefit to us than a lump sum provision?
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
                What does this petition assume if we don’t forgive our debtors?
                How would a rich sense of forgiveness free us from our past?
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
                How are God’s guidance and his protection related?
                What kinds of temptations are you prone to?
                What are some of the sources of evil around us?