Intro: This passage is often referred to
as the Lords Prayer. In reality, it is the Disciples Prayer. It was given to
them as a pattern for them to follow when they prayed. Therefore, we could rightly call
this prayer the Model Prayer. This prayer is often wrongly used, however. We are not to
just mindlessly repeat it from rote memory, but we are to use it as a framework upon which
we can build a prayer life that is offered to God, heard and answered by Him, and one that
glorifies His Name. Tonight, as the Lord gives me liberty, I am going to share with you
The Pattern For Prayer.
I. v.9-10 OUR PRAYERS SHOULD BE TO A PERSON
A. v. 9a WHO?
1. Father - Implies a relationship.
The new birth is required for answered prayer - John 14:13.
2. Our - Speaks of the
community of faith. Our prayer life should encompass
the entire family of God. Ill. Too often, we are guilty of selfish praying!
(Ill. Me and my needs first and only! - Phil. 2:4!)
B. v. 9b WHERE? - Heaven!
Speaks of Gods position as Sovereign. He is on Heavens
throne and is worthy of our faith. He is an able God!
Faithlessness has no place in our prayer lives - Heb. 11:6; James 1:16-17;
Rom. 14:23. (Ill. We can pray on His promises - John 16:23; 1 John 5:14-15)
C. v. 9c HOW? (2 things to remember
as we come before His presence!)
1. Hallowed - Reminds us of His holiness.
God is a holy God and must be approached in fear and reverence!
(Ill. Isaiah - Isa. 6:5; Ill.
Job - Job 40:4) To truly hallow His name means that we see Him
as Lord over all. When His name is hallowed, we can never say,
"No, Lord!" we can never say, "Not me Lord!" The only
word that fits with Lord is "Yes, Lord!" To Hallow God, we simply
ascribe to Him the honor and glory and majesty that is and has always been
His. We become engaged in the praise of His Person - Ill. Verse 13.
2. Name - When we come before
Him, we need to remember that our only access to God
lies in that name which is above every name - Phil. 2:9-11; John 6:23. Jesus
is our only access and road of approach to the Father - 2 Tim. 2:5.
D. v. 10 WHAT? - 2 Great
ideals must be paramount in our minds as we approach
1. Thy Kingdom Come
- (Ill. A truly Awesome concept.) This is a three-fold
a. A Request For Jesus To Return To The
Earth - The word "kingdom" does
not refer to a geographic location, but to dominion and sovereignty. When
we pray "Thy Kingdom Come," we are praying for
Christs rule upon the earth. This coming Kingdom points ahead to
the time when Jesus will rule and reign upon the earth in perfect glory,
peace and righteousness - Ill. What a day!
b. This Is A Personal
Request - We are literally praying for the
Kingdom of God to be realized in our own lives. If you are saved, the
Kingdom of God is in you - Luke 17:21. Simply put, when we pray this prayer,
we are asking Jesus to have supreme rule in our lives. We will never be
effective as saints of God until we are able to pray, "My kingdom
go and Thy Kingdom come!" (Ill. This is the whole intent of Matt.
6:33!) (Ill. He must have the key to every room in our lives! That is,
He not we must be in absolute control of our lives!)
c. This Is An Evangelistic
Request - As we are yielded to God
and He is ruling and reigning in our lives, we can play a part in bringing
other to Him. You see, another way Gods
Kingdom is brought to the
earth is when a new soul is brought to Him through salvation. Another
Temple is filled with the glory and presence of God. Therefore, when we
pray for the lost,
we are praying for Gods Kingdom to expand in the earth! We are to
pray evangelistically - 1 Tim. 2:1-4! (Ill. Stephen - Acts 7:60!) When
we pray as we ought, we a focused on seeking
the Kingdom of Almighty God,
2. Thy Will Be Done - This
is a cousin to the previous line, for when Gods
Kingdom is realized in the world, His will will be done here as it is done
in Heaven. This phrase is also telling us to place Gods
will paramount in our lives. It is the prayer prayed in the will of God
that receives the answer of God - 1 John 5:14-15. (Ill. His will in Heaven
- Psa. 103:20-21!) Prayer never changes Gods mind, but it does hasten
His activity in the world. Prayer moves Heaven in the earth! (Ill. Reasons
for unanswered prayer - James 4:3) Ill The key is to be lost in His will!
II. v.11-13 OUR PRAYERS SHOULD INCLUDE PETITIONS
A. We Should Pray About Physical Needs
- There is no sin and no shame
in asking God to meet our physical needs. He has promised to supply them all
- Phil. 4:19; Psa. 37:25; Matt. 7:7-11; Rom. 8:32. (Ill. "This day,"
We need to take todays need to God, but leave tomorrows need until
tomorrow. To worry over tomorrow is a sin - Matt. 6:33-34. Gods call
is for us to rest in Him to today and trust Him totally for tomorrow as well.)(Ill.
This portion of the text is encouraging us to look to God as the "giver"
- Deut 8:18. We need to look to Him for those things we lack, He has what
you need - Psa. 50:10; Rom. 8:17.
B. We Should Pray About Our Spiritual
Needs - More spiritual needs are
mentioned here than physical ones. The reason? Our spiritual needs are greater
by far than our physical needs. Notice some spiritual needs that we need to
1. Forgiveness For Self - Ill. "Debt"
= Something owed that must be paid back. It can be translated as "sin,
trespass, shortcomings, resentments, what we owe to God, or anything we
have done wrong." We all need to seek God for the forgiveness of our
personal sins - 1 John 1:8-10. (Ill. Even Paul admitted that he was imperfect
- Phil. 3:12) When we spend more time in His presence, we become more aware
of His holiness and our sinfulness.
Someone has said, The greater the
saint, the greater the sense of sin and the awareness of sin within."
2. Forgiveness Of Others - An unforgiving
spirit will totally destroy ones prayer life. (Ill. What a man said
to John Wesley, "I never forgive, and I never
forget" Then said Wesley, "Sir, I hope you never sin!".)
Society exalts vengeance over forgiveness, but society is wrong! Unforgiveness
will eat you alive spiritually, filling you with bitterness, anger, rage,
anxiety, depression, etc. Paul calls it a "root of bitterness,"
Heb. 12:15. (Ill. The way of a root!) There are three great reasons why
we should practice the forgiveness of others.
a. You Are Never More Like God Than
When You Forgive - What kind of God do we serve? He is loving, gracious,
kind and forgiving! When we forgive others, we are exercising true godliness,
Eph. 4:32. Ill. Verse 10 - What is being done in Heaven? Worship, Exaltation
of Jesus, Forgiveness of sin! You are literally bringing Heaven to earth
when you forgive a brother in Christ - Matt. 18:18!
b. It Is Only Reasonable That Those
Who Are Forgiven Forgive - (Ill. Matt. 18:21-35) He has forgiven us a
massive debt, we can surely forgive our brother a much smaller one!
c. Failure To Forgive Results In Chastening
- (Ill. Matt. 18:31-35) When we choose not to forgive, we will be tortured
by bitterness, resentment, and loss of fellowship with God. In fact, when
we refuse to forgive, we are usurping the place and power of God Himself
- Rom. 12:19-21. We are playing God and none of us is qualified for that
3. To Be Delivered From Temptation -
Ill. Everyone is tempted, but God tempts no one - James 1:13. Our prayer
should be that God will direct our paths so that we may avoid the places
of temptation, Psa. 37:23. This is a prayer to maintain close fellowship
lest we be tempted - James 1:14.
4. To Be Delivered From Evil - Literally,
this is a prayer for help in avoiding sin, 1 Cor. 10:13. This is a plea
for God to change us, hedge us, keep us, and walk with us that we might
be sheltered from the power of the Evil One! This is help to avoid the pitfalls
III. v.13b OUR PRAYERS SHOULD INCLUDE PRAISE
A. For His Sovereignty - He is to be praised
for the King He is. He deserves to be glorified.
B. For His Power - He is to be praised
for His abilities and for the times in which He has demonstrated His power
in our lives!
C. For His Glory - He demands and deserves
all the glory in every situation in life. He should be glorified on earth
as He is in Heaven!
Conc: Our praying can be defined as
an activity that must include ACTS. That is an acrostic that is rendered thusly:
A - Adoration - God must be
C - Confession - Our sin must be
T - Thanksgiving - We must always
possess a thankful heart before Him.
S - Supplication - There is room to tell Him what we need.
Another letter could be added to the
front, and that is the letter F. It stands for faith, without which we can expect nothing
from God - Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23. Hows your praying look when it is compared to the
Sermon By Alan Carr
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