The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed
Matthew 6:8-13

The sermon on the mount is the greatest sermon ever preached, preached by the greatest preacher who ever lived. And within is this wonderful model of prayer.

It’s a misnomer to call this The Lord’s Prayer…it’s actually the disciples prayer and should be a model for our prayers in concept. What I would call the Lord’s prayer is in Jn. 17.

v. 12 In the middle of this great prayer is sin, and the need for forgiveness. This isn’t the Lord’s Prayer…He never sinned.

This prayer is not intended to be recited only. It’s fine to memorize it, but it’s vain repetition if we only say it over and again, w/out applying the principles and structure of it to all our real, sincere praying. It’s a simple outline, a skeleton to put the meat on. We should employ and expand these things into our own personal prayer lives.

This prayer can be divided into 3 parts:
If we wanted to use big words, we’d call it the Invocation, the Supplication, and the Adoration. But I think prayer should be simple…simply me talking to God, so let’s use small words:

Prayer is talking, asking, and praising…

A. Prayer is talking.

v. 9 Principle #1--Prayer is like a child talking to his father.
It’s nice that we can call God our Father…but in those days it was a radical new concept. In the OT, God was never referred to as Father…no one in the OT was ever called a “child of God.” Rather, servants of God. And that we are, but now more!

Prayer is just talking. This takes a lot of the mystery out of prayer. Not everyone can look to the heavens and cry out, “Father.” One of the most damnable heresies on earth is the false teaching of the ‘universal Fatherhood of God’ and the ‘universal brotherhood of man.’

“We’re all God’s children,” they say. I know what they mean, but it’s not Biblically correct. And now I’m not politically correct. We are all God’s creation, but not all God’s children. Jesus turned to a group of religious Jews one day and said, ‘ye are of your father, the devil.’

There are children of God and of the devil…what’s the difference? Whether you’ve been born again into the family of God!
Romans 8:15
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

How would you feel if you saw my son approach me in the lobby and heard him say, “O thou most noble father: could’st thou spare a slight segment of thy illustrious post service chronology, to hear a humble petition, albeit brief? Fein I would navigate to the abode of mine acquaintance, thy servant, Joshua of the house of Roger and Joleen, to partake of frozen custard on a stick, flavorized with the product of the cocoa bean.” How many of you would think he was nuts? Truly, he would say, “Can I ask you a question, dad? May I go to Joshua’s for chocolate ice cream?”

Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. said, “when I go to God with a need in my life, it’s
I have this same outline and sermon as preached by Dr. Jerry Vines.
Bob Wood
July 29, 2007
I really liked the illustation of the farmer and the teens.
Doyle Bell
June 21, 2007
Thanks Jerry, your insight was tremendously helpful as I sought to help a family through the death of their mother.
Gil Fernandez
September 1, 2006
God-centered praying. Ptr. Jerry had it again. Great sermon on prayer. It strengthened and revitalized my prayer life.