The Lord’s Prayer: Teach us how to pray – Bible Study, August 2022

Who taught you how to pray?

Are there any people you can name as mentors/influential in your prayer life?

Do you remember learning the Lord’s Prayer?

How have you prayed it over the years?

What happens in your mind as you pray it in our weekly liturgy?

If your church does not use liturgy regularly, do you still use this prayer? Why or why not?

Think more about prayer with this Bible Study by Sal Huckel …

Bible Study – July 2022

“Give us this day (today) our daily bread” – Jesus, as he taught his disciples to pray, in Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4.

When we ask God to give us our daily bread, what do we mean?

Luther gives us some examples in his explanation in the Small Catechism:

Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbours, and the like.

Read Anna’s July Bible Study based on the fourth petition and looking at ‘Sustainability as a care action for today, and future generations’…

Bible Study – June 2022

Have you ever watched God’s economy in action – a need you had filled in a way you didn’t expect, coincidentally as you also filled a need for someone else in a way they couldn’t have anticipated?

Bible Study – May 2022

Some people only pray when they are caught in a crisis. In the classic story of Huckleberry Finn, a story by Mark Twain, “Huck” and Jim (a runaway slave) are caught in a severe storm as they float down the Mississippi River on a raft. Jim pleads, “Huck, aren’t you going to pray?” Huckleberry Finn responds, “It ain’t bad enough yet”.

Read Anne Hansen’s Study on being ‘Close to God in Prayer’.

Bible Study – April 2022

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8 (NIV)
A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark.”
Read the full Bible Study which tackles the idea of: “God pleasing prayers”

Bible Study – March 2022

Can you think of a time when you made your parents sad or disappointed in you? When your behaviour and words grieved them and perhaps even made them (and you) ashamed?

It’s a horrible feeling, isn’t it? Now think of a time when you made your parents, or an adult you respected, proud of you. When your words or actions brought honour to them, and made them glad? That feels a whole lot better, doesn’t it?

These memories may help us to understand a little better the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer.

This is the second in Pauline Simonsen’s study of the first petition of the Lords Prayer.

Bible Study – February 2022

Praying Relationship

Have you ever been given “the silent treatment”? When someone you love withdrew and refused to talk or engage with you?

Study the idea of the Lord’s Prayer as a prayer of relationship with our leader, Pauline Simonsen.

Bible Study – January 2022

Being Strong in the LORD In Paul’s day, well-prepared soldiers protected the Roman Empire’s territories from external threats. But what if the enemy is inside us? Obviously, conventional armour would be useless. So, if we are to engage in spiritual warfare, we need the right armour. The right armour for Christians is the armour of God, for only he can protect our hearts from Satan’s attacks for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, …

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Bible Study – December 2021

Dear sisters in Christ: The December Bible Study is the first of two Bible Studies prepared for presentation in Horsham, Victoria, at the 2021 Lutheran Women of Australia Convention under the theme, Being Strong in the Lord. This study focuses on “The Strength of the Lord”, and, hence, from whom the Christian soldier’s strength originates. The January Bible Study focuses on the “Armour of God”, that is, the equipment God issues to each and every …

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Bible Study – November 2021

Proverbs 31 Part 2: “Influencer”! Go back over the “qualities list” you made in our last study on Proverbs 31, or if you did not complete last month’s study, read Proverbs 31 and note down a list of qualities that stand out to you, or underline words in the chapter in your Bible. Ask the Lord to speak to you to highlight gently any qualities you are lacking or may have lost, as these current …

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Bible Study – October 2021

Not her again!

Whilst one could critique the idea of studying “The Wife of Noble Character” for what could be the umpteenth time in Women’s Bible studies. What if we reconsider our preconceptions of her as a model wife, we all romanticise and (is it me?) fail in epic proportions to achieve? Is she the demure holy wife one only reads about and will never become? As always, the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). So, we pray now for the Holy Spirit to inspire our reading and consideration of this often-misapplied chapter, understood by many to be a poem about Wisdom herself.

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Bible Study – September 2021

WHERE IS GOD IN OUR SUFFERING – Part 2 Opening Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we continue our journey in your Word, open our hearts and minds to how you are with us in our suffering. May we be truly blessed through this time of fellowship around your Word. Help us to trust in your goodness and mercy which follows us all the days of our lives. May we always be assured of your presence with …