The Columns – March

PRAYER

Take some time during the season of Lent to expand your understanding of the Lord’s Prayer. See how this perfect prayer is intended to be applied to your life on a deeply personal level as well as join us together corporately when we pray it in unison in worship. Pray through each phrase for several consecutive days, and ask God to guide you to know yourself and Him with greater clarity! Be blessed.

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN

Do you perceive God as a Father figure? What does this title mean for you?
How does the realm of Heaven differ from the realm of Earth?

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

Have we become too casual with our concept of God? How does His holiness bring about our humbleness? Do you revere God? Does His very name create a sense of awe in you? Do you feel the desire to bow or kneel or prostrate yourself before Him? Even closing our eyes in prayer can be an act of humility, signifying that we are not worthy to gaze upon His glory.

THY KINGDOM COME

What is the Kingdom of God? What mental image do you have of His Kingdom? What teachings of Jesus come to mind when you think of the Kingdom? Are there specific areas or places that you feel an urgency for God to dwell?

THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

What is God’s will? Is it different for different people? How can you personally bring about God’s will on earth?

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD

Why do we ask for only one day’s bread? What kind of bread are we asking for? Is it actual bread or metaphorical bread? What special provision do you need to ask for today?

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS

Is there a difference in asking forgiveness for debts versus trespasses? Does God withhold His forgiveness for us if we refuse to forgive others? Who do you need to forgive? What specific sins of yours do you want to ask forgiveness from Him?

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

What are your weaknesses, the strongholds you face in life that you might name before God? Where do you need His help and guidance to avoid conscious sin?

DELIVER US FROM EVIL

What are the sources of spiritual warfare that you struggle against each day? Are they your own thoughts or perhaps the actions of others? Where do you need Christ to intercede for you today?

THINE IS THE KINGDOM, POWER AND GLORY FOREVER

Why does God deserve to be King in your life? What power does He have? What power do you have? Do you find comfort in knowing that God is almighty, ever-present, all-knowing, and eternal? Thank Him that He never leaves nor forsakes us! Give Him the praise that He deserves. Joy in Him! Love Him.

AMEN!
AND HAPPY EASTER!

TOP TEN PRAYER REQUESTS FOR March
1. Healing from broken bones and back problems
2. Employment and financial security
3. Courage, God’s guidance to navigate major changes in life
4. Success for those in school and training programs
5. Freedom from addictions
6. Revival in our churches and new conversions to Christ
7. Cure for cancer
8. For strong, Christ-centered marriages
9. For our children to have a life-time love for the Lord
10. For those who are grieving the loss of loved ones

WAYS TO LEAD THROUGH PRAYER
• Pray-at-Home
• Small group prayer
• Prayer Room
• Hedge Ministry
• Prayer Shawls
• National Day of Prayer
• Grits and Grace Prayer Breakfast
• Pray for the Cure

DEANA MITCHELL • Director of Women’s & Prayer Ministries • dmitchell@fumcshreveport.orgfirstshreveport.org/prayerfacebook.com/prayerfirstshreveport

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