The Lord’s Prayer: Week 1 – Monday

Here we GO…WELCOME to the first day of Unpacking The Lord’s Prayer.  Not only is this the first day of our study, but this is the first time Rebekah and I have facilitated a group study like this online.  We are not experts, so bare with us, extend us some grace, as we work through this process, learn, and grow. =)

Before we begin there are a couple of things to know:

  1. We have been praying for YOU!  Our hope is that God will bless you richly as you draw near to Him and get to know Him better through His word.  It is NO accident that you’ve been led here – He has you here on purpose, for a purpose.
  2. We will be posting Monday through Friday {taking the weekends off for reflection}
  3. Each scripture we will break down S.O.A.P style.  If you’re not familiar with this, let me briefly explain:
    S = Scripture; what is it that I’m reflecting upon.
    O = Observation; what does this mean to me, what do I notice?  What got my attention? Can I rephrase this in my own words?
    A = Application; how can I apply this into my life?  What action can I take as a result of what I just learned?
    P = Prayer; based on what I’ve learned and my application/action, pray – talk to God about your insight, ask for help, offer thanksgiving.
  4. Interact with us and others — we will grow and gain new insights by learning from each other!  Use the comment section below each daily post to share and communicate and/or connect with us on Facebook.

Let’s get started… 

Watch this video…

Download and read this week’s reading, “Our Father” as explained by Emmet Fox –> here

Download this week’s study guide –> here

Read Monday’s verse and comments from the study – reflect upon what you’ve read unpacking it S.O.A.P style

Share what you feel comfortable sharing

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Comments

  1. shelbi says:

    really felt like todays passage – Romans 8:14 was God speaking to my heart on a personal level…i am really blessed by this study :) love that we can take our time and just reflect on little bits at a time :) xo

    • Teri says:

      little chunks at a time can speak volumes!! SO glad you are here, friend!! Can’t WAIT to see YOU on Thursday. xoxo

    • Rebekah says:

      I know what you mean, Shelbi! So often I forget to take “little bights” from God’s Word and just chew! We’re off to a GREAT start, God is already revealing so much to me and today’s is the FIRST DAY! :)

  2. Terry says:

    When I looked at the two words for today, I already began to think about the meaning. Then, as I listened to your video, we thought a lot alike. About that close intimate relationship of Father…and then of the community in which we belong. I also thought about who originally shared this words…Jesus. And to think of that connection with him…thinking about him speaking of OUR father, sharing that bond with him. I also thought about a Father’s role. A father has the leadership and responsibility of the family. So, he is the caretaker, the disciplinarian, the provider…all things that our heavenly father also is to us.
    In looking at the scripture for today I will use SOAP to share my thoughts.
    S: I am reflecting on these word in Romans discuss our relationship with our father, what is is, and what it is not.
    O: I am thinking a little bit about the video and wondering…is everyone a child of God? Because what is really standing out to me today are the words…”all who are led”…so what of the people who are not led? I do think they are his creation, but would our Father call him his children? The other word that stands out is adopted. And what follows…”as his own children”.
    I am going to wait for a few more comments before I go on from there. I do have more thoughts, but I am interested in seeing others thoughts and curious to your responses on my thoughts so far.
    Thanks ladies, I am so excited. I know our Father has his hand on this.

    • Teri says:

      Terry…I too thought how amazing that Jesus was speaking this to His Father “daddy” – we were created in His likeness. What a great connection — and to think that He died on the cross for me. WOW.

      He is our source, our provider, our caretaker — how comforting that He is looking after our every need, our every detail. He disciplines us, because He loves us and wants us to live “righteous” – according to His plan so we don’t get hurt or injured. {I can relate to living MY OWN PLAN!! It was NOT pretty!!}

      I too had the thoughts about are we ALL His children, even though some choose to not follow Him. But as a mother, regardless of whether my two boys obey me, listen to me, or respect me, they will ALWAYS be mine…they are my kids! I LOVE THEM!!

      If I can fee that way with my limited human capacity to love – imagine His love for all of His children. Imagine…

      I love your thoughts Terry!! YES, I can see God’s hand in this and we are JUST beginning. How GREAT is OUR God…our FATHER!! =)

      • Terry says:

        Terri’s comment:
        I too had the thoughts about are we ALL His children, even though some choose to not follow Him. But as a mother, regardless of whether my two boys obey me, listen to me, or respect me, they will ALWAYS be mine…they are my kids! I LOVE THEM!!

        My response:
        I have no doubt of God’s love for everyone….he wants us each in that relationship with him. He desires it and calls us to it. I have four children, and I understand what you mean about the love. I do love them all the same, equal and exact. But with my most rebellious child….that relationship is not the same, the love is, but not the relationship. (WOW, that is tough to say) So, I do know how difficult it is for our Father to love us so much…and we run from him and constantly choose something else, hurting him. His love stands and his call to us remains. But I can not deny what this scripture says either…if we refuse that relationship, it won’t be there. He will always be there waiting….but the relationship, we must accept.

    • Terry says:

      A: I have known people who believe being a child of God is like being a slave…so glad I know what it means to be led by his spirit. I remember the day when I accepted that, entered into that adopted relationship with him. I know the change that occurred, and I understand what being led by the spirit means. I also know I sometimes try to make the timelines, open the doors, pick the path…and it never works out quite the same. I am thankful to a Father who picks up the pieces of my mess when I do it “my” way. But when I listen to the spirit and allow myself to be completely led by him, it is always the best.
      P: Thank you Father, my heavenly Dad, for accepting me, adopting me, calling me as your child. Thank you for your spirit which leads me, and thank you for cleaning up after me when I have chosen to move in my own direction. May I be able to discern your spirit through your word, through others…and may I know where you are leading me with your spirit. May you help me always to be a light to others. Thank you Father for these ladies you put in our lives, thank you for the others who will be a part of this, sharing this journey. May your presence be known throughout, may we each be led by your spirit.

    • Rebekah says:

      Terry, I loved reading your insights! I was thinking the same thing about whether or not we are ALL His children. Teri’s right, I don’t have children yet, but I can only imagine how far reaching the love of a parent must be –> How hard must it be to watch your own creation make poor decisions and learn from experience rather than coaching. Yet He still loves us…
      My thoughts are that, yes, we are all His creation and the plan was for us all to live with Him forever in a blissful relationship where there was no sin, sadness, or pain. Adam & Eve sort of messed that up for us, but our Father provided a way for us to still love Him and accept Him into our hearts by sending His only Son to pay the debt we could never pay. I agree with you, Terry, yes, He’s everyone’s Father, but whether or not we accept that and invite Him to play that role is up to us.
      Today’s Scripture has been so comforting! I’m excited to see what GREAT things God is doing! Yes, indeed, How GREAT is our God!

    • Marge Serr says:

      God doesn’t change. He’s the same today, yesterday, and forever. Knowing that, we can only become more and more like Him. I pray that through this study, I’ll be more aware of ALL His children; those lost, and those struggling, and those in a position to proclaim Him loud and clear!

      • Teri says:

        I love this Marge…the more we become like HIM the clearer we see His children as He sees them. He gives us a new set of glasses to see others through. He was and is and is to come!! =)

  3. Teri says:

    It’s been a crazy day for me, my goal is to post my comment each morning, BUT we are traveling and as I type I’m 37,000 feet in the air — SO grateful for wifi and technology. =)

    As I mentioned in the video, I love the “personal-ness” of these two simple words. I also love how they bring us all together as equals. No matter where you live, what nationality you are, how much money you make, what language you speak – WE are all children the THE almighty God – WE are brothers and sisters – WE are members of ONE body.

    Here’s my reflection on today’s scripture:

    S: Romans 8:14-15 (AMP) “For the Spirit which you have now received is not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption the Spirit producing sonship in the bliss of which we cry, Abba Father!

    O: Our relationship with God, inviting Him into our lives – accepting Christ into our hearts allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell within us = FREEDOM, not slavery. His plans for us are for GOOD! For us to prosper and be filled with joy. We are His children. I love this –> in the BLISS!! Bliss is supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment — we can find that in Him as we walk with Him, our father. Talk with Him, continually asking Him, “What’s next, Papa?” We have an unbelievable inheritance coming to us as His children. Unbelievable.

    A: Continual submission to Him. Daily surrender, Thy will, NOT my will. This is when I feel the most alive. When I am obedient and allow Him to lead me — I experience peace and joy.

    P: Abba Father, Thank YOU for your unconditional love, your grace, and mercy every day. Thank you this study and for what you are doing in my life and in the lives of others who are on this journey with us. I am humbled that YOU are my daddy. Forgive me for being selfish, thinking that my time is the right time. Give me the strength to do Your will. To surrender to your plan. I need you. I am nothing without you and everything with you. Lead me as I live and connect with others today, I want to be a light. Love You Father! T

  4. Rebekah says:

    Today’s Scripture has been such an encouragement and assurance! Here are some of my reflections:

    S: Romans 8:14-15 (AMP) “For the Spirit which you have now received is not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption the Spirit producing sonship in the bliss of which we cry, Abba Father!

    O: I have a God, a Father who knows my thoughts, He sees the good, the bad, and the ugly. He knows ME better than I know myself, and He loves me. The Christian life is not a life of rules and regulations and fear; It is about a RELATIONSHIP with my Father! He calls me to trust Him and trust that He is GOOD! He longs to share an intimate relationship with me, His child. —> “the Spirit producing sonship…” We’ve been given that Spirit! That Spirit is IN us, and provides the strength and the power we need to fulfill all that our Father calls us to.

    A: Realization & acceptance –> I must realize that I am inadequate in and of myself. I must accept that without the Spirit of God in me I am nothing. I must yield to Him – It is HIM who works through me.

    P: Abba Father, I love You. Thanks for saving me, for adopting me, and for calling me Your own. Thanks for loving me with an unconditional love just as I am. Help me yield to You everyday, and teach me to pray, to listen, and to do your will. Forgive my unbelief, my self-seeking ways, my lack of trust. Help me to show others your love and point them to you.

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