WEEK ONE PRAYER FOCUS: The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
Day One: God is our Father
Today we begin our 21 day prayer journey together. In this first week, we will be looking at the different parts of the Lord's Prayer, and how Jesus' teaching on prayer can shape our prayers today.
It can be really helpful to journal some of your prayers, not only to help process, but also as something you can refer back to and see how God has answered your prayers or shaped you in the process of praying. If you want, you can use the journal feature on the Commonwealth app to capture your thoughts alongside this devotional.
TODAY'S FIRST PASSAGE Matthew 6:9
Take a few minutes to consider what it means for God to be your Father. "Father" is the primary way Jesus referred to God, both in His relationship to God, and as He taught us what God is like. If you'd like to look at some further reading that reveals God's Father heart, take time today to look at the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. Look specifically about what this father is like, how he responds to each of his sons, and how that might clarify how God relates to you.
SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
- How would your prayer life change if you really believed that God is your perfect Father?
- If there is any pain or confusion within you around the role of a Father, ask Him to reveal that to you and begin to heal this, replacing it with the truth.
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES:
Work through these scriptures, letting them sink into your heart, and wrapping your own words around them for yourself, your family, our church and for our city:
For yourself/your family: Romans 8:15
For Commonwealth: Ephesians 3:14-15
For the City: 1 Corinthians 4:15
DAY ONE PRAYER CHALLENGE: Take a moment to thank God for someone He has placed in your life that has been a father-figure, or has shown you a bit of what a father is meant to be. It could be great to send them a text or give them a call to thank them for serving in this role in your life. Or, if you feel like you have not yet had a life-giving father-type relationship, ask God to meet those needs, and to provide you with spiritual family that will help you to experience tangibly the Father's heart. Finally, ask Him if there is someone in your life that is physically or spiritually fatherless, and ask if there is a way that you can invite this person into God's family.