THE MODEL PRAYER
Part Two - Matthew 6:10
by Cooper Abrams - *All rights reserved
INTRODUCTION: Last Sunday we learned several truth concerning praying.
3. There are two activities the Child of God is to be a part of every believer's life.
5. Jesus instructed His disciple to pray "After this manner" which literally means: "Thus or therefore." It does not mean to "use the exact words, but to pray "along these lines." The model prayer is a skeletal outline for all prayer. In other words the subject of prayer should follow the model prayer.
6. The Model Prayer begins: "OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN". Matt. . 6:9
This is a Baptist church. That is a name. It traditionally means people who solely follow the Bible for their faith and practice. It does not make us what we are but a name is taken to describe what something is.
Baptist: People who believe in immersion for baptism and follow the Bible alone as their sole authority for faith and practice.
Fundamentalist: We literally believe and follow the Bible and nothing else.
Independent: We recognize only the Lord Jesus as being the Head of the Church, the Bible our authority. We an autonomous congregation with no one over us. We rule ourselves following the New Testament.
It is certainly disrespectful to refer to God as "the old man upstairs" or similar expressions. God is not a man He is Almighty God! We should never use the name of God the Father, Christ or the Holy Spirit as slang.
To misuse God's name is to show disrespect for God. Christians who have experienced the New Birth and have surrendered to the Lord Jesus are grateful and thankful for their salvation. They should never use curse words, or slang or off color language. People who use such language are showing contempt for God.
This practice degrades the person who does it, and in the case of a Christian, seriously harms their testimony. When you hear someone misusing God's name how does it impress you? We generally think little of them. Would you curse in front of your father or mother? Why not?
It is sin to use the Lord's name in vain and is a symptom of a spiritual problem. Using God's name in vain is a blatant sin. It is not discerning the Body and Blood of Christ. (see 1 Cor. 11:29). The Jews so revered the Lord's name that they would not speak it or even write it. Even today when writing the word "God," the orthodox or conservative Jew will spell it G-d.
GOD has a plan for this Universe and believers are part of it.
2. The believer is affirming that he has relinquished the rule of his life, and desires that God take control and do His will.
ILLUS: I watched a news clip which was advertising a coming special on bullies in school. The clip showed children playing at recess. The boys were fighting, and kicking one at one another like karate . I mentioned to Carolyn...that they learned that from the video games, TV programs which depict these things. Children on an average watch over four hours of TV per day and much of it is based on violence. Thus this technology because it is not proper used has made our children become "immune" to the horror of violence, to gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems, to imitate the violence they observe on television; and identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers.
In praying for God's kingdom to come we are praying for an end to sin and violence and all the heartache that mankind suffers. We are longing for the peace that only God will bring. Most people are looking to government to bring peace. We look to the President to make the proper decision and to guide us to peace. Problem is that is rarely their reason the aspired to the position. They mostly want the power and prestige that the government position gives them over other people. Most are self which is the state of all lost men. No man or government can bring peace....only God can. The faithful believer knows God's promises are true and one day...maybe soon...He will come and rule this world.
ILLUS: Today, January 10, 2008 George Bush is in Israel supposedly seeking to negotiate a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. Who then are the partisipants in the negotiation? The nation of Israel who in truth ignore God, do not believe or follow His word. They do not know the God that created them and made them at nation. They blindly conduct their affairs according to human reasoning. The Palestines are Arabs who worship the false God Alah that does not exist. They have no regard for God, or even the most elemenary mortals and proper human behavior. The hate all Christians and those that believe in Jesus Christ. So what can people like this accomplish? Nothing! Every treaty they have signed as been violated and has never brought peace.
They do not consider the Lord in where they go, what the say, what they work for, what are their desires, what they do with the their money. Serving the Lord is secondary in their lives and only if it is convenient and they do not have anything else to do.
If we are truly interested in God's kingdom we will live working to obey God and faithful work to build that kingdom by doing the will of God in our lives.
Many know little about sacrificial living. Folks if we desire the Kingdom of God, they we will be willing to do what is necessary to accomplished. We will be willing to do all we can to be a part of God's plan.
Titus 2:13 says the Christian is "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ,"
2. If I do not live right, then am I truly interested in God's
3. God never desired that sin rule in the lives of men. Christ came to earth and died, paid the penalty that we would not have to be under the domination of sin.
Paul explains in Rom. 6:2 that the believer should not live in sin. He said, "God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
2. The most important thing in a believer's life should be the will of God. We should ask what would God ask me to do?
There is a pen some Christians wear and a movement in which they ask "What would Jesus do?" I know what Jesus would.....a better slogan would be "What would Jesus Have me to do?"
Yet so often people build there lives on shifting sands. Wasting their lives by working to build on things that will not last. Money, material things. Many Christians involve the Lord very little in lives.
3. The question we should ask ourselves this morning is "Are we truly living for the Lord and by that reaping the blessing of God and living the best life possible on this earth.?
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