Sunday 04 May 2014
Sermon by Dennis Jones
The Lord’s Prayer
We should always begin a study of scripture by putting it in context.
This text is not so much a prayer but a response to the disciples request.
“ Lord teach us to pray” Prayer 101.
“Our” first person plural possessive. Corporate prayer is powerful.
“father” addresses the loving relationship we have.
A heavenly Father who loves his kids.
Prayer begins with worship. Your name is hallowed, holy, beautiful.
Thy “Kingdom” come. Thy will be done.
God is a fatherly king and his kingdom is wherever his will is done.
We are citizens of this kingdom and as such we are called to duty.
2 Cor 5:20 for example, We are God’s ambassadors
The function of an ambassador is to speak for and represent the King and the place where the ambassador lives is an embassy; a safe place for other citizens of the Kingdom.
2 questions. In our conversations do we find ourselves speaking for our king? And, are our homes embassies? Kingdom territory?
We are in the world but not of the world.
In addition, as citizens, we are called to serve in a role God as God sees us and calls us to so that His kingdom will grow.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Not provision just for today. We pray the He will provide on a daily basis.
Then there is food for the soul to inwardly digest.
And as an ambassador we need to be listening for what our King is saying.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive.
As part of this teaching on prayer, we find in Mat 14,15, a big BUT
If you do not forgive, God will not forgive you.
Unforgiveness is one of the biggest barriers to healing.
It is sometimes very hard to forgive.
Satan loves unforgiveness. He can breed hatreds and bitterness.
It is an entry point for the enemy to infiltrate our beings.
If any one has unforgiveness in your heart please see me.
Lead us away from temptation and deliver us from the hands of the enemy.. A prayer of protection. Not just for ourselves
We should claim the power of the blood and call for warrior angels to protect.
How to close? As we opened so we close with worship.
For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory. Wow
We are now addressing God; not as the fatherly King who supplies all our needs but now we recognise Him and praise Him as the Kingly father; all powerful all glorious and majestic. Eternal God and King for ever and ever Amen.