Sunday Online 31/10/21

Prayer – When and How?

Our live stream from St James’ Church building from 11am Sunday…

Unfortunately, we had technical problems with the live stream this Sunday, but you can watch Keith’s talk by clicking below…

Watch later or browse other past live streams by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC82Y1tUmIGhFlSJYYgX3mmQ

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Questions

You can use some of these in Growth Groups or alone:

Read through Matthew 6:9-15

  • How can we avoid “babbling like pagans” when we say the Lord’s Prayer?
  • Why do you pray?
  • In what circumstances would you find it difficult to forgive someone?
  • If you do not forgive someone who has wronged you, how can that cause further damage to you? (Physically, mentally, spiritually?)
  • In what ways does verse 15 make you uneasy?
  • Explain what is meant by the statement: “to forgive someone is not the same as to condone their actions”.
  • Should we hold people to account for their actions?
    • How is that different from holding a grudge?
  • In each of verses 14 and 15, the first “forgive” is present tense – if we forgive now… The second “forgive” is future tense – your heavenly Father will forgive you at a later time. (that’s how it is in the original Greek)
    • What other Bible verses does this bring to mind?
      (You could try looking at Matthew 25:31-46; Ephesians 4:32; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 20:12)
  • How might these thoughts impact on our prayers for the future of our parish?

What can I pray for?

  • Pray yourself: Take time to ask for God’s forgiveness – that he would forgive you as you forgive others.
  • Pray for our community: that young people especially today would not be ‘led into temptation’ and would be ‘delivered from evil’.
  • Pray for our church – that God’s kingdom would come and his will would be done
  • Pray for those in our world who don’t know that they will have ‘daily bread’ or ‘daily food’ today – especially those affected by Climate Change. You can find some information about the poorest countries here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_percentage_of_population_living_in_poverty and watch a Tearfund Video about the impact in Burkina Faso & Niger here

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What Next?

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