For Thine Is… (Palm Sunday 2016)

March 20, 2016

Reflection Questions: Do I seek to conform the Lord’s prayer to fit my life?  Or do I conform my life to fit the Lord’s Prayer?  Why?  What would it take for me to conform my life to the Lord’s Prayer?  Who defines the politics of my life?  What does it mean for me to live into God’s kingdom rather than my own?  What does it mean for me to live into God’s idea of power?  What does it mean for me to live into God’s idea of glory? 

And Lead Us Not Into Temptation

March 13, 2016

Reflection Questions: Where in my life am I experiencing temptation?  Does anyone else know it?  Where do I need to ask God to lead me?  From what do I need delivered?  Am I willing to share my temptations with others so that I might experience healing?

Action Point: Pray, “Lord help me to know and be led by you: Lead me not into temptation, Deliver me from the evil one.”

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

March 6, 2016

Reflections Questions: Who in my life has caused me great pain and sinned against me?  Who do I harbor much resentment against?  Who is it that I have trouble forgiving?  Am I willing to pray the miracle of forgiveness?  Am I willing to believe in the power of prayer and the significance of God’s forgiveness in my life, and for the world, as the Lord’s Prayer reminds us?  Do I see how the miracle of prayerful forgiveness contributes to God’s desire for beauty, peace, and grace in our world? 

Action Point:  Pray: “Lord, help me to forgive “________”  as you forgive me.”

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

February 28, 2016

Reflection Questions: What is it I am truly searching for in my life?  Am I finding it?  What am I feeding my soul?  Right now am I feasting regularly on Christ as the Bread of Life?  Or just once a week in worship?  Or am I consuming garbage in my life? Is Christ the one who truly sustains me and moves me forward in growth?

Thy Kingdom Come

February 21, 2016

The Lord’s Prayer leads us to expand God’s kingdom by inviting God’s reign in our hearts as we put God’s will above our own.

Reflection: As we are transformed, think differently, and act differently through the power of the Holy Spirit because we’ve prayed - God’s kingdom becomes that much more present on earth - just as it is in heaven.

Our Father

February 14, 2016

Reflection Questions: How much do I reflect on the meaning of the Lord’s prayer versus simply say the words of it?  Do I seek to live out a life with Christ with others or just focus on my own journey?  Do I see God as more “Dad” or more “Respected Father?”  How can I respond to God in a more balanced way?  How can I lift God’s name up more than my own?

Action Point:  Pray the Lord’s Prayer every day at noon.