A few months ago, as a part of the The Way We Pray series, one of my favorite bloggers joined us and gave us a deeper look into the Lord’s Prayer. She dug deeply into Matthew 6:9-13 breaking it down line by line so that we could understand why the Lord’s Prayer is so powerful and why Jesus would teach us to pray in this way. You can check out Natalie’s post on the Lord’s Prayer right here. And if you want to know more about Natalie, you can find her at Milk and Honey Faith! It’s a stop you won’t regret![bctt tweet=”Why is the Lord’s Prayer so powerful? And why did Jesus teach us to pray this way? #prayerresource #prayer” username=”lori_schumaker”]
But that post did some remarkable things. Thousands of readers have come to my site for that post alone which tells me that many of us are longing to understand prayer more. Something brings us back to it time and again. We feel the power in it, but don’t understand it.
We wonder – is it nostalgia? Or is there more?
The answer is yes. There is more.
The Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer
Imagine the 12 Disciples, having given up everything to follow Jesus, they spent day and night with Him. They lived alongside Him witnessing His miracles, watching His prayer life and witnessing His relationship with His Father.
Next, take your imagination to the crowds of people drawn to Jesus. Listening and watching, they knew there was something different about Him. They, too, witnessed and experienced His healings and miracles. They gathered around Him longing for more. Often, they simply wanted to touch Him.
They chose Him and followed Him, yet all still wondered, “How do we pray?”[bctt tweet=”Imagine the 12 Disciples. They chose Jesus over the lives they already were living and followed Him, yet all still wondered, “How do we pray?” #prayer #prayerresource” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Jesus gives the answer to the 12 disciples when they ask Him as written in the book of Luke. Then again, he answers the question in Matthew 6:9-13. But this time, it’s not to just the disciples. It is to the crowds during the Sermon on the Mount.
In each scenario, He provides a framework for prayer. Not merely words to utter by memory. But a framework for connecting heart and soul to our Father.
He knew it wouldn’t only be the disciples or those crowds having this very same question — it would be a question that would stand for all time and all believers.[bctt tweet=”Jesus knew the questions surrounding prayer would stand for all time. #prayer #newresource #printableresource” username=”lori_schumaker”]
He knew you and I would wonder. And as always, He planned well in advance to give us all we need to walk in relationship with Him. To grow deeper in our faith and to boldly approach the throne in prayer.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” -Hebrews 4:16 NLT
After I witnessed the sheer volume of people coming to my site in search of answers to the Lord’s Prayer, I began to pray about a way to feed that hunger. A way to educate and equip. Our church hosted a 24-hour prayer event where I was in charge of one of the prayer stations. Since our theme was prayer and the book of Matthew, I jumped on the opportunity to bring my written and live ministries together.
So, today, I offer you the result of those two worlds.
A free prayer resource perfect for individuals, small groups, or ministry events.
It is designed to help us grasp the full meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, rather than as merely a set of memorized words. It teaches us the framework Jesus provided and helps us apply the Lord’s Prayer to the prayers of our daily life.
God wants us to approach Him with confidence – boldness! And although He loves us to come to Him in prayer as a pouring out of our heart, He knows our confidence grows when we have both knowledge and practice.[bctt tweet=”A new free prayer resource perfect for individuals, small groups, or ministry events. Dig below the surface of the Lord’s Prayer and discover the power behind the words. #prayer” username=”lori_schumaker”]
The Lord’s Prayer is broken down into 5 elements:
We will dig into each of these elements and give you an opportunity to reflect and journal on this area in your own life. At the completion of all 5 elements, you will have a powerful prayer that will transfer over to the words you may have long ago memorized. And I promise you that you will never again recite the Lord’s Prayer in quite the same way. They will never again be just words — they will resonate deeply in your heart and soul.
For Small Groups and Ministry Events
Everything you need to understand the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer is included.
- Detailed worksheets for each element with Biblical background and commentary.
- A journal page to jot down personal reflections and prayers.
- 6 printable event station posters with easy set-up instructions
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I pray this prayer resource kit will help you understand the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. That it will serve to draw you and those you share it with closer to Christ. And, friends, I pray it gives you courage and boldness as you go before Him in prayer.[bctt tweet=”I pray this prayer resource kit will help you understand the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. That it will serve to draw you and those you share it with closer to Christ. And, friends, I pray it gives you courage and boldness as you go before Him in prayer. #prayer” username=”lori_schumaker”]
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Have You Read Our Story of Surrender?
Our story was one holding lots of confusion. Amid the tears and frustration, I found the power of living surrendered. I discovered the peace of knowing I was walking in God’s will and could trust wherever He took me. Finding that doesn’t usually come along the golden paved roads. It comes along the broken ones.[bctt tweet=”Read our story of hope – our story of learning to surrender … because we all need the help in letting go of what isn’t ours to hold. #surrenderedheartsbook #hope ” username=”lori_schumaker”]