We have a very simple purpose at IRONMEN– To encourage and equip men to become a positive impact for Jesus, at home, at work, and in the community. God’s Word clearly demonstrates that He did not intend for us to live independently, but interdependently by connecting with one another. Our hearts confirm this need for us to encourage one another and to challenge one another.
Sermon on the Mount: The Lord’s Prayer
9 out of 10 Americans say they pray every day.
“Lord, teach us how to pray” is the only request of the disciples recorded in the Bible. They saw a difference in how Jesus prayed- a connection to God. Jesus was the greatest “prayer” who ever lived.
Pray with passion and expectation that God will move mountains.
The Lord’s Prayer:
- “Our Father who art in heaven” -> Pray like a kid with a loving dad, with a sincere and humble approach. This is the first time prayers began with the word “father”- this was revolutionary.
- “Hallowed be thy name” -> Above all, let God’s glory be treasured in your life.
- “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” ->This is praying that the earth be restored to how God intended when He created it.
- “Give us this day our daily bread.” -> Bring your hunger before God.
- “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” -> Forgive here means to erase from a business ledger. Jesus came to pay a debt he did not woe because we owe a debt we cannot pay. We must remember to have a forgiving heart.
- “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” -> Don’t be surprised when faced with temptation. Ask for guidance. God will never give you more temptation than you can bear. No on can handle temptation on their own. We need community. We need each other.
Questions for Consideration:
- In what ways might you be guilty of mindless, meaningless prayer?
- If you break down the phrases of The Lord’s Prayer, which is most lacking in your prayer life?
- What does it mean to hallow God’s name? To ask for His kingdom to come?
- What are you hungering for in your life? Who can you ask to pray for you?