SERMON APPLICATION QUESTIONS
- According to Luke 11:1, we learn that the Lord’s Prayer was given in response to the disciples’ request of Jesus to teach them to pray. What was it about the way Jesus prayed that demonstrated that the way they had been praying was lacking?
- Although these instructions regarding the manner in which the disciples of Jesus are to pray is commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, why do most Bible scholars today refer to it as the Disciples Prayer?
- The first three petitions direct our attention to God exalted. Why is it important to pray prayers of adoration before we pray for our needs and the needs of others?
- The words “Our Father” are stunning to say the least. Explain how the gospel brings a group of sinners to the place where they can address holy God as Father.
- If God is Spirit and cannot be confined to space and time, explain what it means to pray to God in heaven.
- What does it mean to “hallow the name of God?”
- To pray “your kingdom come” indicates at least two truths. The first is to pray for the advancement of the kingdom which was inaugurated by Jesus at his first coming. The second is the __________ of His kingdom at the second coming of Jesus.
- Which aspect of God’s will are we to pray will be accomplished on earth as it is in heaven? (a) God’s “sovereign” or “decretive” will in which He has, before the foundation of the world, declared or decreed all that is to come to pass or (b) His “prescriptive” or “moral” will which He has revealed in the word of God which teaches us how to live in obedience to Him.
- The final 3 petitions teach us to depend upon God’s sustaining grace for physical and spiritual provisions. Discuss each one.
Our daily food.
Our daily sin.
Our daily protection from the evil one
- Although Matthew 6:14-15 is not part of the disciples’ prayer proper, Jesus added it here as a footnote to expand upon verse 12. Discuss the two possible interpretations of this text.
- It was written to warn Christians that an unforgiving heart hinders fellowship with God. (John 13:8-10)
- It was written to warn the false professor of Jesus Christ that if they are unwilling to forgive others, then they give evidence that they are not saved. For a true Christian who has been forgiven such a great sin debt will be willing to forgive those who have sinned against us. (Matthew 18:23-35)