The Prayer of Insurrection | Kingdom | George Hinman | Sept 18

The Prayer of Insurrection | Kingdom

Matthew 6:7-13

George Hinman

Review: Last week, what conscious decisions did you make to follow God rather than a “lesser” affection? 

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, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven….”
A way to look at this is to acknowledge that Jesus made the landing and prayer claims the turf.  

Consider what it means for our purpose to be one of insurrection. 

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

Read: Matthew 6:7-13

Discussion:

  1.  Describe God’s kingdom in heaven.

    What does God’s kingdom look like when you see it coming on earth?
  2.  In response to John Knox’s imprecatory prayers, Mary Queen of Scots is reputed to have said: “I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe.”
    How have you prayed for the coming of God’s kingdom?
  3. How have/can people in your small group encourage one another to offer specific prayer related to God’s kingdom?
  4. How does this aspect of the “Great Prayer” help you understand how the Kingdom of God is already here but yet to be fully realized?

    What encouragement do you find in the fulfillment of the resurrection of Jesus and the hope of His return?
  5. Describe the difference in your daily life when you focus on being a part of the Kingdom of God as opposed to waiting for the return of Christ?

Application:  This week look for ways to be a part of the insurrection; bringing the Kingdom of God to earth by delivering an ordinance of love, truth and grace. 

Pray: Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer. Thank you for restoring your Kingdom on earth. Guide us in how to serve your purpose.  Amen.

 

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