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Listen Learn Love - Prayer Guide - Week 4

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PRAYER GUIDE
Throughout the Listen, Learn, Love series, we invite you to pray as a group or alone. This guide can be used as a supplement or an alternative activity to using the sermon study guide.

For more prayer prompts, plus scripture readings visit Daily Steps, our weekly devotional. 

INTRODUCTION

The parable told by Jesus in Matthew 25 about the Kingdom of Heaven has supernatural relevance to the world we are living in today. As you read through this passage, take some time to pray through each section, asking God to show you how he is asking you to use what he has given you to bring His Kingdom to earth.

PRAYING THROUGH MATTHEW 25:14-30

14 “Again, it (the Kingdom of Heaven) will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

Pray: Give us a deep understanding of what you have entrusted to us. Help us accurately identify our talents, skills, resources, networks, and the positioning we may have in our careers, communities, and church so that we can be aware of the “bags of gold” you have given us.

16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 

Pray: Show us how to multiply what you’ve given us — not so that we can amass more money, power, prestige, or influence — but so that the earthly kingdom to which we are presently and physically bound may look more like the heavenly kingdom to which we belong. 

17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 

Pray: Show us the places where we are burying your gifts instead of using what you have given us. 

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

Pray: Show us exactly what you have called us to do. Let our focus be on you and not each other. May we take up ONLY the burden of what you require, not what we see our brother or sister doing. Help us not compare ourselves to one another, but strive only for obedience to you so that we can multiply what you have given us, knowing that we each have a different role in bringing your kingdom to earth. 

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Pray: We praise and thank you God for being a generous and good master. Change our hearts so that what brings you happiness is what brings us happiness. May we want what you want, and be delighted with bringing the justice of your Kingdom to our unjust world. 

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 

Pray: May we not be afraid to use what you’ve given us, to grow what you have entrusted to us, and to multiply the resources you've provided to us. Help us to know what to do, when to act, and how to be your ambassadors in this world.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 

Pray: May we work hard out of our love for you, not for the promise of a reward. Instead, may we work with all our might so that the world around us better reflects all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. May the result of our work be that the people we encounter more deeply understand their identity as image-bearers of, you, the one true God.

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