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Red Letter Prayers, Part 1 - Our Father

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Prayer is just talking to God...right? Maybe prayer is more than just us "talking"; more than persuading God to give us what we want. In this message, Andy Stanley unpacks Jesus' life-changing answer to the request, "Lord, teach us to pray..."

Can you imagine what would happen in our families, churches, communities—the world—if Christians prayed until we could earnestly say, “Your will be done”?

As you pray this week, declare God’s greatness, surrender your will, and acknowledge your dependence.

1. Talk about a time when you experienced an answer to prayer.
2. Have you ever been impressed by the way someone prayed? What about the prayer did you like?
3. Read Matthew 6:5–6. What is the problem with praying publicly as described in these verses?
4. Respond to this statement: the purpose of prayer is to surrender your will, not to impose it on God.
5. Do you believe that prayer can change God’s mind? Why or why not?
6. What makes it hard to pray “Your will be done” with sincerity?

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

When You Pray. . .
Declare God’s greatness.
Surrender your will.
Acknowledge your dependence for provision, pardon, and protection.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9–13 NIV

Download the Lord’s Prayer Card given out during this message.

Prayer is just talking to God...right? Maybe prayer is more than just us "talking"; more than persuading God to give us what we want. In this message, Andy Stanley unpacks Jesus' life-changing answer to the request, "Lord, teach us to pray..."

Can you imagine what would happen in our families, churches, communities—the world—if Christians prayed until we could earnestly say, “Your will be done”?

As you pray this week, declare God’s greatness, surrender your will, and acknowledge your dependence.

1. Talk about a time when you experienced an answer to prayer.
2. Have you ever been impressed by the way someone prayed? What about the prayer did you like?
3. Read Matthew 6:5–6. What is the problem with praying publicly as described in these verses?
4. Respond to this statement: the purpose of prayer is to surrender your will, not to impose it on God.
5. Do you believe that prayer can change God’s mind? Why or why not?
6. What makes it hard to pray “Your will be done” with sincerity?

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

When You Pray. . .
Declare God’s greatness.
Surrender your will.
Acknowledge your dependence for provision, pardon, and protection.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9–13 NIV

Download the Lord’s Prayer Card given out during this message.