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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the week: How to Talk to God
Saturday, December 8, 2012

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The Lord's Prayer is one of those familiar passages of Scripture. Anyone who has had any interaction with the church (or a high school basketball huddle for that matter) can probably quote it with a couple prompts. But this is so much more than some tired mantra. God in flesh is teaching us how to pray. The one who created the universe is revealing what is near and dear to his heart. We'd do well to pay attention.

Key Study Passage:

Luke 11:1-4

  1. How are your prayers typically structured?
  2. What can you learn from the structure of the Lord's Prayer?
  3. Based on this prayer, what are some of Jesus' top priorities?
  4. Write your own paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer and then reflect on each sentence or phrase you've written.
  5. Spend some time practicing praying by using Jesus' "prayer outline" in the Key Study Passage.
  6. Talk to your small group or a few Christian friends about how they approach prayer. Ask them how they incorporate the Lord's Prayer in their conversations with God. Share what you learned this week.

Spend Time in Prayer: Pray the Lord's prayer, pausing after each phrase; ask God to bring your own prayer life into conformity with his will.

Luke 11:1-4

Teaching about Prayer

11 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

2 Jesus said, "This is how you should pray:

"Father, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
3 Give us each day the food we need,
4 and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don't let us yield to temptation."

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, teach me to pray with wisdom, grace, compassion, conviction, and humility.

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