Summary: How to enter the Throne Room of God, approaching the Father with praise.
SERIES: The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed #2
TITLE: Our Father in Heaven
TEXT: Matthew 6:9a
INTRO: Two men were out walking one day. One guy challenged his buddy by saying, “If you’re so religious, let me hear you quote the Lord’s Prayer. I’ll bet you $10 you can’t do it.” The second guy responded, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” The first guy pulled out his wallet, fished out a $10 bill and muttered, “I didn’t think you could do it!”
Prayer is Prayed:
-To the Father
-Through the Holy Spirit, and
-In Jesus’ Name
# A SAINT PRAYS-
"Our Father which art in heaven ..."
"Don't interrupt me. I'm praying."
"But you called me."
"Called you? I didn't call you. I'm praying.
Our Father which art in heaven ..."
"There ... you did it again."
"Called me. You said, Our Father which art in heaven.
Here I am. What's on your mind?"
"But I didn't mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like getting a duty done."
"All right. Go on..."
(Continued Next Week..)
A. Prayer is Based Upon a Relationship
1. Is God everybody’s Father?
(Rom. 4:16 HCSB) This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants--not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of Abraham's faith. He is the father of us all
-What does “...the father of us all” in this verse mean?
2. When we became Christians, we enter into a new relationship
(Rom. 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.”
# Abba (Heb. “Father”). Servants were not permitted to use the term “Abba in addressing the head of the house
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” (Mat.23:9)
3. When Jesus prayed He always used the word Father,
over 70 times in the NT
-The only time He prayed without using the word “Father was when He was on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Bearing the sin of the world/separated from the Father.
4. Believers can approach God with confidence and hope
as His children
# A Roman emperor was parading through the streets of the imperial city enjoying a victory celebration. Legionaries lined the triumphal route to keep back the cheering masses. As the conqueror approached, his youngest son, who was just a little boy, jumped down, pushed the crowd, and tried to run out to meet him; "You can’t do that,” said one of the guards as he caught the lad in his strong arms. "Don’t you know who’s in that chariot? That’s the emperor!" Quickly the youngster replied, "He may be your emperor, but he’s my father!"