“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” - Matthew 6:5
Today, we look at prayer, the second of Jesus’ three pillars of faith. Marc explains that unlike the prayers of fear in the pagan religions of the day, Jesus taught that God is not far off, unavailable to us—He is our Father, staying close. He cares for His family, and He knows our needs before we ask.
Further, we learn that in the Bible, God's Name is sanctified in one of two ways: either by how He acts or by how we act. So we sanctify God’s name by obeying to Him. Prayer is not just the words we say; our prayer is how we live our lives.
Question: Do the moments you live and interact with others between your prayers line up with the words you pray?
Prayer Starter: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what He would like to see you walk out today as an act of prayer.
Family Chat: Read through Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord’s Prayer, with your family. Talk about what it meant when Jesus prayed it and what it means now to you and your family.
Take Action: Make it a daily habit to pray The Lord’s Prayer and mean it. Then look for opportunities to walk it out as you go through your life with your family, at your job, and in the community.
Challenge: Meet with your life group and talk through both the questions you've answered this week and the challenges you have faced (or are still facing!) as you follow Jesus. Be honest about what's worked for you, as well as areas where you may have missed the mark.