You Have Heard It Said
Quit Your Babbling
1. After hearing the message, spend some time in your group sharing what you recall from it. What struck you, and what questions did it leave you with?
2. Read Matthew 6:7-13. What word, phrase, or verse stands out to you and why?
3. Discuss how superstition has been a part of your life and your faith. In what ways are you superstitious? Knocking on wood, sports rituals, and religious formulas are some possible examples.
4. Did you grow up saying the Lord's prayer? What has been your experience when saying it? Has it felt boring or meaningless, or has it brought you comfort or joy?
5. Meredith talked about how even though God already knows what we need before we ask, we pray anyway - not out of duty - but to connect and build on our relationship with God. Does prayer feel more like an “I get to” or an “I have to” in your life? When do you most desire to pray?
5. The term for Father that Jesus uses denotes utmost authority and strength, but also intimacy and tenderness. Are you able to think of God in both of these ways at the same time?
6. Praying the Lord’s prayer is not about mindless repetition, but about aligning our heart with God’s heart. Try using the Lord’s prayer in your praying this week. Either as a loose format or reciting it as found in Matthew 6.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.