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The disciple’s prayer!

Scripture reading for January 8th:  Matthew 6

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 6:9-13  “This, then, is how you should pray:  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray.  This prayer was not intended to be just some words prayed by rote memory. Jesus wanted the disciples to know God as their Father and have a relationship with others and the Father.  He was to be addressed corporately as “Our Father”!  We stand in relationship with others also praying to the same Father in heaven.

This Father is holy and His Name is to be reverenced.  His disciples remind themselves of God’s holiness and their need of humility and reverence every time they approach God’s throne.  The Father is also a King and has a kingdom.  His children pray that Kingdom will come upon the earth and His will will be done here as it is done perfectly in heaven.

The disciples are also dependent on God for daily provision.  We recognize God as our provider as well as the only One who can forgive us our sins.  Forgiveness can only be granted to us as we release those who have offended us! God alone can protect us from our enemy, “the Evil One”, or Satan.  We need this protection each day as well as provision and forgiveness.

Observations for over-comers:  Prayer is the lifeline of disciples of Jesus.  “But I call to God, and the Lord saves me.  Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.  He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me. .”  (Psalm 55:16-18)

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Seek first the kingdom!

Scripture reading for January 8th:  Matthew 6

Jesus’ message was full of teaching about the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father.  Their first request was to be the declaration, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:10)  Jesus wanted His followers submitted to the King and in agreement with His will!  In their case, the King would be their heavenly Father!  Jesus was taking them beyond where they were to a New Covenant understanding of adoption as God’s children.

Jesus taught His followers not to store up money or earthly treasures.  He taught that many things can rob us here of those earthly treasures. Thieves could steal them or the elements could cause them to decay or become worthless.  Instead, kingdom people store their treasures in heaven where they will be eternally safe.  Jesus stated emphatically, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matthew 6:21)  Besides that, no one can serve two masters!  “You cannot serve both God and Money.”  (Matthew 6:24b)

We all have a tendency to worry about our daily needs.  People in Jesus’ time did the same thing.  Jesus encouraged them not to worry about their needs, telling them that their heavenly Father knew them.  They were supposed to ask Him for their daily bread each day!  (Matthew 6:11)  They could observe the birds and the grass and see that God cared for them.  They were much more valuable to God!  “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (Matthew 6:33-34)

 

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A pattern of powerful prayer!

Scripture reading for January 7th: Matthew 6, Psalms 5:7-12, Proverbs 2:1-8

Jesus was anointed of God by the Holy Spirit to teach.  In this sermon, He taught on prayer, fasting, and giving as well as living a life of contentment instead of worry.  A  life of prayer and generosity will lead to a life of true contentment!  Seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness leads to all we need being added to our life by God!  (Matthew 6:38)

Prayer is our conversation and interaction with God the Father who made us and also created the universe.  Sin has broken the relationship and our ability to communicate with God.  We can even try to use prayer, fasting and giving in selfish ways.  They can be all about us and drawing attention to our devotion to God instead of as an act of worship in response to God’s goodness or direction to us.  Motives of the heart are important as we pray or give.

Jesus taught his disciples a model prayer that we call the “Lord’s Prayer”.  Jesus never intended that we just say this prayer in mindless repetition, but taught a timeless pattern of prayer that would help with motives and having a right heart in communicating with God.  The prayer starts with relationship–“Our Father in heaven”.  His very name and title brings reverence and respect–“hallowed be Your Name”.  We are children of our heavenly Father but must show respect as we would for our earthly father (or should).

The next petition concerns a desire for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven.  This is not fatalism, but an aligning of our wills with God’s will and a recognition that we are open to do His will here on earth and enforce it in our circle of influence by faith.  We are dependent on God, however, for our daily bread and ask for our needs from Him.

Forgiveness is asked for, but with recognition that we must forgive others.  This thought is reinforced, because it is one of the biggest stumbling blocks of our flesh.  We are constantly under temptation and need God’s help and deliverance from the source of temptation, the “evil one”.

These elements are the Lord’s instructions for powerful prayer!  Let’s apply these principles daily as we move forward by Spirit-inspired prayer!

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Pattern of Powerful Prayer!

Scripture reading for January 7th: Matthew 6, Psalms 5:7-12, Proverbs 2:1-8

Jesus was anointed of God by the Holy Spirit to teach.  In this sermon, He taught on prayer, fasting, and giving as well as living a life of contentment instead of worry.  These are all tied together in that a life of prayer and generosity will lead to a life of true contentment!  Seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness leads to all we need being added to our life by God!  (Matthew 6:38)

Prayer is our conversation and interaction with God the Father who made us and also created the universe.  Sin has cut off the relationship and our ability to talk and listen to God because of our own selfishness.  We can even try to use prayer, fasting and giving in selfish ways.  They can be all about us and drawing attention to our devotion to God instead of as an act of worship in response to God’s goodness or direction to us.  Motives of the heart are important as we pray or give.

Jesus taught his disciples a model prayer that we call the “Lord’s Prayer”.  Jesus never intended that we just say this prayer in mindless repetition, but taught a timeless pattern of prayer that would help with motives and having a right heart in communicating with God.  The prayer starts with relationship–“Our Father in heaven”.  His very name and title brings reverence and respect–“hallowed be Your Name”.  We are children of our heavenly Father but must show respect as we would for our earthly father (or should).

The next petition concerns a desire for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven.  This is not fatalism, but an aligning of our wills with God’s will and a recognition that we are open to do His will here on earth and enforce it in our circle of influence by faith.  We are dependent on God, however, for our daily bread and ask for our needs from Him.

Forgiveness is asked for, but with recognition that we must forgive others.  This thought is reinforced, because it is one of the biggest stumbling blocks of our flesh.  We are constantly under temptation and need God’s help and deliverance from the source of temptation, the “evil one”.

These elements are the Lord’s instructions for powerful prayer!  Let’s apply these principles daily as we move forward by Spirit-inspired prayer!

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