Summary: Part 1 of the Lord's Prayer, or the Model Prayer. God is our Heavenly Father and we should acknowledge His person, perspective, and we should render our Father praise. This is the great opening to the Model Prayer!
THE LORD’S PRAYER
1 – BUT HE’S MY FATHER
This morning, we are continuing our emphasis on PRAYER, that we begin 2 weeks ago
And what we’ve been doing, is saying that for us to…
--see a breakthrough
--have a move of God
--rise up as a church like never before
--see loved ones saved
--find God’s will
--see souls saved
Then we must, answer the call to prayer
And I believe that God is calling our church to prayer
--the Administrative Council
--Sunday School Teachers
He’s calling ALL of us to PRAYER
And so, I invite you to join with me, as we PUSH – PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS!
AND TODAY, I can’t think of a better way to teach us about prayer and how to pray, than to begin to look at the model prayer, or what we commonly know as – THE LORD’S PRAYER
For you see, this 65 word, 2 minute prayer cotains the SPIRITUAL DNA, that encapsulates all…
And all the PROBLEMS that we face
And so, this morning, we’re going to look at THE LORD’S PRAYER
Today, we begin with the first phrase: OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BY THY NAME!
Let’s stand and read…
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
There are a couple of things I want to point out to you as we think about the Lord’s prayer….
First of all, it was given, IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST
And that was a request of the Disciples found in…
Luke 11:1 ( KJV ) 1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Evidently, there was something about…
--the Master’s prayer life
--the results that they saw He had
--the communion they saw He had with God Almighty, His Father
--the glow on His face
And it created a hunger in their lives, and they said LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY
I want you to know something this morning and that is that EVERYONE should ENTER the school of prayer, but no one GRADUATES from the school of prayer!
And no matter…
--how many years we’ve been in the church
--how many good deeds we’ve done
--how many books we’ve read
--how many Sunday School lessons we’ve taught
We still need to say, LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY
Secondly, I want you to understand that Jesus was teaching the WAY to pray, not the WORDS to pray
You’re not to repeat this prayer verbatim, mindlessly over and over again as though that in itself has some merit