The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)Simon Schrock, September 7, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Brother Simon brought us the message this morning on Matthew 6:9-13, the Lord's Prayer. The disciples asked Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray." Jesus continued on giving us an example by which to come to our Father and what our attitude should be while praying to Him. We need to know how to pray. How do we address God? Is He our friend? Is He a good buddy, one that helps us when we get into trouble? Is He someone we go to for a blessing?
Yes, maybe, but His is so much more than that. If He is our Father, and we have been adopted into His family by the blood of Jesus, then He is with us at all times. He is our authority. He is holy. We dare not lose our respect and reverence for God. We must come to Him with all due respect. We do well to revere and honor His holy name. We can come to Him at anytime, day or night.
We also have examples of Jesus praying prayers of blessing and prayers of comport. He teaches us to pray in quietness. We pray while meditating. Many of the Psalms are also prayers we can pray.
There are ways we should not pray, too. We should not pray like the heathen do with vain repetitions. We should avoid long prayers in public like the hypocrites and Pharisees.
Let's remember to honor and respect his holy name.
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. (ESV)