Father God is Powerful

“What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us…. Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man.” A. W. Tozer

Matthew 6:9-13 – “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Father-God is powerful. He is King of Kings and cannot be thwarted.

Our Father God is Powerful

  1. Defining ‘powerful’. “When the Bible seeks to explain God’s holiness, it says that God is a “consuming fire”—a dangerous and terrible presence.” ‘The Possibility of Prayer’, John Starke
    • “To the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.”…“For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.“…“..for our “God is a consuming fire.” Exodus 24:17; Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29
  2. Why does this matter? Isn’t he already powerful? Why pray for that?
  3. What does it do for us that his kingdom come and his will be done?
  4. Do we sense God’s powerful nature is a good thing or a bad thing – in the way it affects our relationship with Father God?
  5. Is there a way of understanding Father God’s power that can help us have a healthy, close personal relationship with him? ‘So terrifying and attractive, so immense and wonderful is God.’ ‘The Possibility of Prayer’, John Starke

Discussion about God

  • If Father God is powerful, what does this mean?
  • If Father God is powerful, how can we be more aware of this reality?
  • If Father God is powerful, how can we enjoy his power?

Discussion about us as fathers

  • What does it mean to be ‘powerful’ for our children?
  • How can we help our children be more aware of our power?
  • What can we do so that our children enjoy our power?

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