The Prayer of Adoration | George Hinman | Sept 11

Review:  Last week, how were you able to build time for prayer into your daily rhythm of life? 

Introduction: Jesus was skeptical of prayer.  So much of what passes for prayer amounts to nothing more than what he called “heaping up empty phrases” (Matthew 6:7).  And if that’s all it is, maybe that’s why we are skeptical too and why we struggle to do it; it hardly feels worth the time.  In an era of do-it-yourself spirituality, what does Jesus have to teach us about effective prayer?  Maybe if we understood it as he did, we would do it as he did.  Because although he was skeptical, he also had deep conviction.  We read “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16).

We continue our study of prayer with the phrase, “hallowed be your name….” The definition of the Greek word hagios is:  to separate, consecrate; cleanse, purify, sanctify; regard or reverence as holy. 

Consider how the worthiness of God protects us from idolatry. 

Pray: Lord, teach us to pray. Help us to grow into the love relationship that you have called us. Amen.

Read: Matthew 6:7-13

Discussion:

  1.  Last week we focused on our relationship with God as ‘Father” and now we describe who our father is.  What does it mean to describe God as “hallowed”?
  2.  What is the significance of saying “hallowed be your name” as opposed to “you are holy”?

    What other “names” for God do you find in the bible?

    How is Jesus connecting this phrase with the third commandment, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11)?
  3.  How does first identifying God as our father effect our calling him holy?
  4.  How does calling God holy define our relationships to all others?
  5. What evidence in the rest of the prayer do you find for understanding this phrase to mean,
    “Help me to live into the idea that you are holy”?

    What evidence in the rest of the prayer do you find for understanding this phrase to mean,
    “I proclaim that you are holy”?

    Can it be a statement of both?
  6. How does God’s holiness help us to see Him as worthy of our greatest affections?

Application:  This week focus on how God is worthy.  Note how you are making conscious decisions to follow God rather than a “lesser” affection. 

Pray: Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer. Thank you that you are holy and worthy. Free us from the idolatry of putting other things, other gods, before you.  Amen.

 

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