AMPLIFY: Prayer

Lesson 46: Follow the Leader

 

Lesson 46, Devotion 1

“. . . Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty . . . ” - Isaiah 6:3

 

What is your mental picture of God when you pray? It is so cool that we are allowed by God to know Him. After all, He didn’t have to make it that way. He could have chosen to stay distant. But He didn’t. We know God as Father because He allows us to. But while familiarity with God is a good thing, and God desires authenticity from us, it is also helpful to widen our picture of how “other” God is as well.

 

Read Isaiah 6:1-8. This passage of scripture is a vision the prophet Isaiah had where he got to take a peek into the actual throne room of God. It was in this intimate encounter with God where we get to see how big and mighty our God is. And what is cool is at the exact time where God’s actual presence causes fear and trembling, we see that God is still a relational God who longs to have humans partner with Him for the implementation of His Kingdom. 

 

Take a moment and re-read this passage of scripture. We see immediately that our common view of God as a pal gets shattered. We see a huge throne, a robe (which represents royalty and power), seraphim covering their faces . . . all of this signifies how holy God is. In fact, every being in heaven is affirming this reality!

 

We can overlook it, but today is a good day to focus on just how awesome it is that God makes a way for us to know Him, personally, and lovingly. What a cool truth.

 

Think about this:

  1. How does this picture of God change your normal understanding of who God is?

  2. How does this picture of God help you say, “hallowed be your name?”

  3. Where and to whom is God sending you today to be His representative?

 

 

Lesson 46, Devotion 2

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8

 

God’s desire is that His core values be represented here on earth as it is in heaven. And what is even greater is that we are to use our power and influence to be part of the solution.

 

How can you, using the power and influence God has given you, put these values into practice today?

 

Act justly.

 

Love mercy. 

 

Walk humbly with God.     

 

What can you do to make this happen in your world?

 

 

Lesson 46, Devotion 3

The final part of the Lord’s Prayer talks about leading us not into temptation but being delivered from the Evil One. 

 

As we wrap up this three-week Bible Study on prayer, spend some time reflecting on how your prayer life has changed because of this study and these devotions.  

 

Then try this prayer exercise:

Spend one minute in silence, then read or say the Lord’s Prayer three times slowly. And after each time, ask God where He wants to lead you today.

 

What did He say to you in response?