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Greatest Sermon Ever 13: On Prayer
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 13: On Prayer May 3, 2020
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Richard Root Matthew 6:5-13 Sunday Online
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/05/03 11am -Richard Root -"Greatest Sermon Ever 13: On Prayer" -Matthew 6:5-13

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The Sermon on the Mount – 13. On Prayer
Matthew 6:5-13

1. Our Father in the Heavens
• “Our Father…” We start here. This reminds us prayer is not the same thing as worrying out loud. Prayer is thinking things through in conversation with God.
• The whole gospel is wrapped up in that first word “Our.” God is not just the Father of Jesus. Whoever your earthly father was, you have a heavenly Father who made you, who loves you, and who watches over you.
“… in the heavens.”
• It’s plural for a reason. In the ancient world, they thought of different levels of the heavens. There was the atmosphere where the stars appear, there was the sky above our heads, and there was also the air right around me.
• It means not only is God as vast as the starry heavens, but he is as close as the air I breathe.

2. Hallowed be your name
• “Hallowed by your name,” means,
“God, may your reputation on earth be greatly increased. May people come to realize how wonderful you are. May you be adored, worshiped, and praised.”
• God is most worthy of praise. When God is fully cherished, the heart is fully healthy, and the soul is fully home. We were made to praise, and that’s why we say,
“Hallowed be your name.”

3. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
• This part of the Lord’s Prayer reorients us. It’s a little like being at a mall, and standing in front of a directory with a little star that says, “You are here.”
• This leads to a prayer of surrender:
“God, your will be done in me, in my body, with my time, with my money, with my energy, with my words, in my relationships, with this day.”

4. Give us today our daily bread
• For this part of the prayer, think about opening up your calendar. Look through your daily schedule and your to do list. Ask,
“God, would you help me with this? Give me today what I need for today.”
• Manna, daily bread, provision for life, answers… strength comes one day at a time.
It’s not, “Give me what I’ll need for the rest of my life.” It’s…
“Give us today...”

5. And forgive us our debts…
A great Christian thinker, Neal Plantinga, wrote:
“Recalling and confessing our sin is like taking out the garbage: once is not enough.”

6. …as we also have forgiven our debtors
• Then I’ll also ask God,
“God, is there something I need to go back to, to clean up? Where was I unkind to somebody? Where was I selfish? Where was I dishonest? Where do I need to ask forgiveness? Where do I need to make amends?”
• It is psychologically impossible for us to have a tender heart toward God and a hard heart toward others.

7. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
• Now I’m asking God to guide me.
“God, keep me from falling into my worst self. Give me the strength not to fall into the destructive habits and patterns that I know I will on my own.”

8. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!!
• If you look at your Bible in Matthew 6:13 you will notice the Lord’s Prayer ends with the words: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
• Very early on, Jesus’ followers added these words. Maybe they remember Jesus saying them at another time? They’re now part of the prayer as well.
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”
“God, you are large and in charge.”
• Then this final word: “Amen.”
• It is more than just a way of saying, “The end.” It is this ringing affirmation of the spirit.
“Yes! So be it! This is just the way we want it.”

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