Congratulations Winners!

November 30th, 2010

Congratulations to Kay Wilson,

Bo Parrish, Kathy Hamlin & Beth Oglesby!

They all came early to participate in our pre-service quiz and won FREE TICKETS to the Adult Country Christmas Party this coming weekend!

Adult Christmas Dinner 10.00

Win free tickets to the Adult Christmas Dinner this Sunday, 11-28, during our pre-service quiz. Beef up on past sermon notes and GSU trivia and be prepared to win! Two tickets will be given away at the 8:40 a.m. quiz and for the second service attendees two tickets will be given away at the 10:40 a.m. quiz!

Get your tickets to the Adult Christmas Dinner this Sunday at the display in the foyer. This is for all adults not just couples. Just $10.00 per person. Also bring a white elephant gift for a fun gift exchange!

Adult Christmas Dinner 10.00

Win free tickets to the Adult Christmas Dinner this Sunday, 11-28, during our pre-service quiz. Beef up on past sermon notes and GSU trivia and be prepared to win! Two tickets will be given away at the 8:40 a.m. quiz and for the second service attendees two tickets will be given away at the 10:40 a.m. quiz!

Last Sunday we decided to make three biblical choices when someone hurts us, even if we don’t feel like it. When we are hurt we are going to pray for the one who hurt us, forgive them, and blessed them.

So you know there are people that you need to forgive and make things right with, but no one is taking the first step. They come into a room and you walk out. They are coming toward you on the sidewalk and you cross the road to the other side. You see them in Wal-Mart and you U-turn you buggy and go the other way. You know those people; the ones that you are avoiding and need to initiate forgiveness with.

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CHRISTMAS IS FORGIVING – 2

“Initiating Forgiveness”

Believers Statesboro 11-28-10

God requires us to forgive others just like He has forgiven us. Forgiving people who have hurt us is not easy. It requires a lot of prayer and obedience. But, there may be something that is actually more difficult than forgiving others. That is initiating forgiveness or going to those that we have hurt and asking them to forgive us.

For many, the Holidays can be a fine, exciting time. We can’t wait to be with family. For others, it’s a very difficult time. There’s more of a sense of loss and, for some, pain and regret. Oftentimes, especially in family relationships, there have been strains. We are going to look today at God’s Word and let Him speak healing into our relationships.

Matt 5:23-24 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)

STOP, DROP, AND GIVE

1) STOP AND ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE YOU HAVE HURT.

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. Matthew 5:23-24a

Stop and let’s deal with this. It’s not easy to admit that we have hurt others. It’s much easier to point our fingers at others. But, we are going to do the hard thing and ask ourselves, “Who have we hurt?”

What’s the main problem?

* We judge others by their actions.

* We judge ourselves by our intentions.

Who have I hurt?

Is it a family member? Is it a mom or a dad? Is it a son or a daughter? Is there someone in my church family, maybe another Christian friend? Is there an ex-spouse that I just haven’t treated with respect? Is there someone at my work? Is there an old friend? Is there someone that I’ve played sports with? Is there someone in a club that I go to? Who is it that I’ve hurt?

Key Question: How have I hurt you?

Ask someone that you love, “How have I hurt you?” When you ask that question, be forewarned that there is no telling what you are going to get back from them.

Here is what we are going to do. Today, we are going to take inventory of our relationships, and we are going to stop. We are going to stop everything before we go to the altar, before we act all spiritual, and before we pretend like we’re strong Christians. We are going to stop and acknowledge those that we hurt.

2) DROP EVERYTHING TO MAKE IT RIGHT.

leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:24

Settle matters quickly with your adversary Matthew 5:25

Can you sense the urgency? Parents, it’s like those of you with little kids. If one of your little kids gets hurt, what do you do? Zoom! You’re there.

Grown children, if they’re going through a problem, you’ll drop everything. Zoom! You’re there.

There are some relationships that are screaming out today; maybe even a silent scream. Drop everything to make it right. There are those of you here who need to pray, “God, would You give me the chance to go and talk to someone that I love?”

Now, this is very important that you hear, okay? Everybody pay attention. This is important.

If you’ve got something against somebody and they don’t know about it, keep it to yourself.

Release your pre-judgments toward them. But, telling them you had bad feelings towards them will cause additional problems. If there’s something that you’ve internalized against someone else, don’t go create a wound in order to put medicine on it. Take it to God!

…if you have been trapped by what you said…then do this…to free yourself…Go and humble yourselfplea with your neighbor! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourselfProverbs 6:2-5

Can you sense the urgency? Go get it done! Get it done now.

* Do it face to face.

We are going to do it face-to-face. Don’t fax an apology. Don’t email an apology. Don’t Facebook or text it. If at all possible, do it face-to-face. That’s how Paul handled a problem he had with Peter.

When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Gal, 2:11

If you are genuinely sorry in your heart, don’t fake it. Say,

I’m sorry I have hurt you.” Period. Don’t add anything else.

Secondly say,

“Will you forgive me?”

· Do your part and trust God to do the rest.

You need to understand that you cannot control somebody else. All you can do is own up to your part.

If it is possible, (It may not be possible) as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

Listen to the urgency in the voice of Jesus. If you are going to go to the altar to worship and you realize that you have something or someone has something against you, stop everything. Go and make it right with them. Settle the matter quickly.

We are going to stop, drop, and the third thing that we are going to do is to give. What are we going to give?

3) GIVE YOUR HEART AND GIFTS TO GOD.

…in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Godthis is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

Now, this is how you worship. “This is your spiritual act of worship.” Well, what is Jesus saying between the lines? Basically, Jesus is saying, “You’ve got one thing that matters; your relationship with God and with people. It’s all about relationship. Nothing else lasts.”

Some asked Jesus, “What’s the most important command,” and what did Jesus say? “The most important is this: love the Lord your God, and the second one is love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you are going to go and worship and you realize that somebody has something against you, stop and drop everything. Make it the highest priority in your life.

Go and make it right. You may have only one shot. Don’t waste it. Christmas is for forgiving. If you are going to call yourself a follower of Christ, you be one. Be one. We will do our part and trust God with all of the rest. Let’s pray for God’s best in our relationships.

 

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Christmas means many different things to different people. For many Christmas is For-taking, For-getting, For-ourselves, For-me me me. But what we need to realize is that Christmas is For-giving. Not just giving presents and cool gifts, but for extending forgiveness to one another.

Do you know anyone that needs to forgive someone this Christmas? Do you need to forgive someone?

Join us at Believers Church of Statesboro beginning this Sunday 11-21-10, at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., for Christmas Is For-giving. We will learn from the example of Joseph how to forgive in the midst of great hurt and pain. The following week we will learn from Jesus’ teachings how to Initiate Forgiveness. And then we will learn from King David how to Receive Forgiveness.

My prayer is that this Christmas we will be able to forgive and finally see what is on the other side of forgiveness. It’s a beautiful thing.

Christmas is Forgiving # 1 Believers Statesboro 11-21-10

“Christmas is Forgiving.” Today, we are going to look at forgiving those who have hurt us. As we approach the Holiday Season, it’s interesting to watch kids. Kids love Christmas. They can’t wait for the presents, going to grandma’s house, sitting on Santa Claus’ lap, and having all kinds of fun.

Christmas for a kid is generally the best time of the year. Unfortunately, as we go through life, we often times experience some of the pain that life can deal us. For some, Christmas goes from being the high time of the year to a very difficult time.

Joseph’s Brutal Family Pain

One day, Joseph found himself face-to-face with the brothers who had betrayed him. In Genesis 45 you can see just a snapshot of the pain that this guy faced. When he saw his brothers…

Gen 45:1-2

1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, "Have everyone leave my presence!" So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers.

2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.

(NIV)

It’s amazing that those we love the most can often hurt us the most, and we can hurt them as well.

What do we do? What do we do when we’ve been hurt or betrayed?

WHEN I’M HURT

1) CHOOSE TO PRAY.

Luke 23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (NIV)

What do you pray?

  • Pray for God to heal their hurt.
  • Pray for God to forgive them.
  • Pray for God to bless them.

You need to realize when you are praying like that, your prayers may or may not affect them, but your prayers will, I promise, affect you. You cannot pray for someone else without God doing a work in your heart.

Luke 6:28 Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV)

2) CHOOSE TO FORGIVE.

The second thing is going to be even more difficult, but we are going to make the right choice. We are going to choose to forgive. Now, why is that so important?

Matt 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)

Forgiveness is not an elective course in Christianity. It is a required course, and the exams are very, very tough.

Matt 18:21-22

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"

22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (NIV)

In other words, an unlimited forgiveness just as God’s forgiveness is unlimited to us as well, forgive.

WHO IS IT THAT YOU HAVEN’T FORGIVEN?

We’re going to make some choices today, and we’re going to choose to pray for them, and we’re going to choose to forgive them.

HOW DO YOU FORGIVE? FOCUS ON HOW GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU.

Col 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV) How do we forgive? Forgive as the Lord forgave us.

You’re not going to feel like it at all. If people hurt you, it’s planted deep, but we make a choice. We choose to pray. We make a choice. We choose to forgive.

3) CHOOSE TO BLESS.

And the third thing, as crazy as it sounds to someone who doesn’t know Christ, is that we choose to bless. We bless those who have hurt us. This will overcome evil with good.

Rom 12:19-21

19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV)

Luke 6:27-28

27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV)

What do we do? We bless. We choose to pray. We choose to forgive, and then we choose to bless.

This is not preacher talk. I live in the same sin-filled world as you do, and I face the same kind of stuff. Maybe not as intense as what many have faced, but man, I have faced some pain.

· I wonder what’s on the other side of forgiveness in your life?

· I wonder what’s on the other side of forgiveness for your family.

Deal with it face-to-face. We have some issues.

Most people here are in some sort of broken relationship. Deal with it. Cry. Let it out. Put your face in the carpet and let it go. Mourn the lost years. That’s what they are. They are lost. Then, grab this moment and know that God can bring healing from this point forward.

What is on the other side of forgiveness?

Well, what was on the other side of forgiveness for Joseph?

On the other side of forgiveness for him was the birthing of an entire nation. The entire nation of Israel was born at the moment of forgiveness. The lineage of Christ poured down through an act of forgiveness. What does God have for your situation on the other side of forgiveness?

Gen 45:1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, "Have everyone leave my presence!" So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. (NIV)

Gen 45:14-15 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him. (NIV)

For Joseph, it was a miracle, and I pray that is true for you as well.

LALE this Wed

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In this series, we went back to the basics of prayer. We learned that prayer is powerful and effective because God hears us when we pray. We let Jesus teach us how to pray as we learned from His examples in the Lord’s Prayer and The High Priestly Prayer. Then, we talked about letting God speak to us as we listen to Him in prayer. But, prayer is also a trading up. Prayer is a way to seek the presence of God and participate in what I like to call the Divine Exchange.

We are able to appeal to the God of unending strength and wisdom that no one can even begin to comprehend.

Isa 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? (Hey, don’t you know about this?) The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Job 12:13 "To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. (NIV)

STRENGTH
  • 1 Chr 29:12 David Blessing: saying that God’s hand is to make great and strengthen all.
  • 1 Chr 16:11 Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!

This is where the “Divine Exchange” comes in. The key is waiting upon the Lord…

Isa 40:29-31

29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD (But those who wait on the LORD, NKJ) will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

Spending time with the Lord in prayer will renew your strength. As we go to the Lord with our weakness, we exchange our weakness for His strength. With His strength, we will mount up with wings like eagles, we will run and not be weary, and we will walk and not faint.

David understood the Divine Exchange!

· Ps 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable

in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”

  • Ps 29:11 “The LORD will give strength to His people;”

· Ps 18:1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. (NIV)

We may find ourselves weak and powerless, but we take all of our weaknesses and what little strength we have to the Lord, and we exchange it. We exchange it for His power and His strength.

· 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

After the exchange, we can say…

  • Phil 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

In the Divine Exchange, we understand what Nehemiah 8:10 stated, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

WISDOM

Isa 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Isaiah said God has ultimate strength and is full of wisdom and understanding.

Unsearchable understanding.

· Job 11:7-9 "Can you search out the deep things of God?

  • Isa 40:13-14 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has taught Him?

· Rom 11:33-34 How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

· Isa 55:6-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

This is where the “Divine Exchange” comes in. The key is waiting upon the Lord…

We go to the Lord with our lack of understanding. As we spend time with Him, we bond together with Him in prayer and studying the Word of God.

We exchange our confusion and lack of understanding for His wisdom and unsearchable understanding.

We exchange our thinking for the mind of Christ, rather than a mind of confusion and turmoil.

1 Cor 2:16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. (NIV)

We don’t give God a piece of our mind; He gives us a piece of His!

Operating in the Strength of Christ with the Mind of Christ

I can guarantee you that you will get more done and work more effectively in the Kingdom of God with the strength of Christ and the mind of Christ than you will with using your own strength and wisdom.

Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor, and not only favor, but also God’s ability and enabling power. Not saving grace alone, but also growing grace.

God will grace us with His strength and wisdom. Why live without it?

Ps 61:1-8 Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Never Too Busy for the Divine Exchange

Christ Jesus, the Holy and Sinless One, no matter how busy He was, no matter how many needed His healing touch, no matter how important His mission to seek and save the lost was…,

He made it His top priority to spend time with the Father everyday!

So, through Paul, Jesus spells out the bottom line for us as believers.

Phil 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

1 Cor 2:16 We have the mind of Christ. (NIV)

The Divine Exchange Sunday, 11-14-10

Today, I exchange:

My Lack of Wisdom My Lack of Understanding My Abilities

My Worries My Pain My Sickness

My Sorrow My Depression My Grief

My Hate My Pride My Control

OTHER:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I exchange it for the Joy of the Lord!

Prayer Wk 4 “Trade with Me”

November 12th, 2010

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In this exciting Prayer Series we learned that prayer is powerful and effective because God hears us when we pray. We let Jesus teach us how to pray as we learned from His examples in the Lord’s Prayer and The High Priestly Prayer. Last week we learned how to let God speak to us as we listen to Him in prayer. But, prayer is also a trading up. Prayer is a way to seek the presence of God and participate in what I like to call the Divine Exchange.

Come join us at Believers Church this Sunday, 11-14-10, at 9 or 11 as we learn to exchange our weaknesses and lack of wisdom for God’s unending strength and wisdom!

Don’t be late because Lale from the Drawn from Water orphanage will be with us and he will open up the service with a praise and worship song from his Kara Trip in Ethiopia where he is planting a church!

Prayer WK 3 “Speak To Me”

November 9th, 2010

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Prayer Week Three “Speak to Me” Believers Statesboro 11-07-10

One of the greatest days in your prayer life is the day you realize that not only do you have the privilege to speak to Jesus, but He also desires to speak to you. One day, we will finally stop talking long enough to listen, and then we will hear that the Spirit of God is actually speaking to us! God is not mute. He speaks, He talks, and He communicates to us through His Holy Spirit. It’s our responsibility to listen, to learn, and to obey.

1) The Holy Spirit Speaks.

a) Acts 8:29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” (NIV)

b) Romans 8:16 “The Spirit bears witness,” (NKJ) Rom 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our

spirit that we are God’s children. (NIV) He talks to us. He bears witness with my Spirit…

Audible voices of God:

To Jesus At Jesus’ Baptism Matt. 3:16-17

To Jesus At the transfiguration Matt. 17:2-5

To Jesus Just before the Cross John 12:23-28

OT Moses, Noah, prophets, etc.

Why doesn’t God speak audible to us all the time?

As a general rule, the clearer the revelation, the harder the task.

· Paul on the Damascus road Acts 9:1-9 (22:9)

· Ananias sent to minister to Paul Acts 9:10-16

· Peter sent to the Gentiles Acts 10:9-16

· John given the Revelation Rev. 1:10

Prayer and Hearing God’s Voice

Note: Luke points out that these audible voice occurrences happen while Jesus was praying.

Jesus’ Baptism Luke 3:20 “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.

The Transfiguration Luke 9:29 And as He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.

The same is true for Paul (Acts 22:17-21) and Peter (Acts 10:9-16).

John 12:29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

Why didn’t every one understand the voice of God? The hearing and understanding of the voice of God was not an intellectual issue, rather it was a heart issue.

2) The Holy Spirit guides.

a) John 16:13-14 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will

not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. (NIV)

b) Matthew 4:1 Guidance in everyday living. “Jesus was led.” Matt 4:1

Ps 37:23-24

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. (NKJ)

That includes timing as well. I always pray for clarity and timing.

3) The Holy Spirit teaches.

a) John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will

teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (NIV)

b) “The Holy Spirit teaches”

1 Cor 2:13-14

13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (NIV)

4) The Holy Spirit prohibits or forbids.

a) “Forbidden by the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 16:6-7

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.

7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV)

Speak To Me and I Will Obey

Cultivate a desire to not only hear the voice of God, but obey the voice of God.

Sometimes, God may not speak out of mercy so that we won’t be walking in direct disobedience.

Hearing and obeying is the difference in a sand foundation or a rock solid foundation.

· Matt 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice

(NKJ Does Them) (acts upon them) is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

· Matt 7:26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice (NKJ Does Not Do Them) is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Heb 3:7-8

7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert.

I believe that not only are we desiring for God to “Speak to Us”, He desires to speak to us as well. However, in order to hear the Holy Spirit of God, we must always be listening.

Hebrews 5:11 “I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening” The Message Bible

I pray we get in the good habit of always listening.

Speak To Me

November 4th, 2010

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One of the greatest days in your prayer life is the day you realize that not only do you have the privilege to speak to Jesus, but He also desires to speak to you.

We finally stop talking long enough to listen, and then we hear the Spirit of God actually speaking to us! God is not mute! He speaks, He talks, and He communicates to us through His Holy Spirit. It’s our responsibility to listen, to learn, and to obey.

Join us this Sunday, 11-07-10, at Believers Church of Statesboro at 9 or 11 as we learn how to hear the voice of God.

Prayer Wk2 "Teach Me" Notes

November 3rd, 2010

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Prayer Week Two “Teach Me” 10-31-10 Believers Statesboro

Have you ever been praying and someone says, “Wow, teach me to pray like that!”

Well, it happened to Jesus.

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PRAYER

1) God Is Holy and Worthy to Be Worshiped.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” Matthew 6:9

Jesus is saying, “When you come to the Father, recognize that He is holy. Recognize that He is pure. Recognize that He is set apart.” Our prayers should be directed to our Holy Heavenly Father and should include worship, praise, and adoration.

2) It’s About His Kingdom, Not Yours.

your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matt. 6:10

This is not just a prayer for a future millennial day to quickly come. This is a prayer asking God to bring about His kingdom in our lives today.

A lot of our prayers are selfish prayers; “God, can my will be done” prayers. Asking for God’s will to be done here on earth is an acknowledgment that you are laying down your life and your will. You are seeking God’s priorities over your own. (Matt 6:33)

Maybe, we need to repent and change the way we are thinking about how we pray. The Kingdom of Heaven is near, and we sure don’t want to miss it because we are too concerned with our own priorities. (Matt 4:17)

3) Realize Your Provision Comes From God.

Give us today our daily bread…Matt. 6:11

This doesn’t mean that we are limited to only praying for bread, but rather this is an acknowledgment that God is the provider of all of our needs.

· It suggests an attitude of looking to God as the sole provider of all our substance.

· It’s a statement that we are not self-reliant, thinking, “I can take care of myself”.

· Jesus can provide all of our needs, and He is capable of great and miraculous things as well as the daily needs of life.

Phil 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

I think we forget that God is our provider. Many times, we think that we provide. Or, we think that Wal-Mart provides or McDonald’s provides. Some of you think that your job provides.

When we come to God in prayer, we understand that God is our provider. Everything that we have, everything that we are is because He has given us gifts by which He meets our daily needs.

4) Ask For Forgiveness.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matt 7:12 “And forgive us our sins”.

We have been saved by the blood of Jesus, and He has forgiven us and paid the price of our redemption. I wish that we could say since that great day of salvation we have never sinned again, but we are people of flesh who are learning to walk in the Spirit. We are taught to be quick to seek God’s forgiveness, and then to carry on without guilt or condemnation. (I John 1:7-9).

“What a man is, he is alone on his knees before God, and no more.” Robert Murray McCheyne

… As we also have forgiven our debtors. Matt 7:12b

This is a blunt reminder that we should be forgiving people. We should love people like Jesus loves them and be merciful to them. (Matt 18:35) (Matt.6:14-15).

When we have forgiven one another and ‘made things right’ with one another in the Lord, then our worship and prayers will not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7; Matt. 5:23-24).

5) Seek God’s Power to Overcome Temptation.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Matt.6:13

Don’t ever think that you are so mature in the Lord that you need not be concerned with temptation.

· Ask the Lord to keep you from every snare of the devil and sins that so easily deceive you.

· You need the Lord’s help to overcome the temptations of this world.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Cor 10:13

… but deliver us from the evil one.’ Matt.6:13

The Word of God helps us understand our foe, the evil one. Satan is the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience (Eph 2:2). He is the prince or ruler of this world (Jn.12:31), and he is the god of this age who has blinded the minds of unbelievers, lest the gospel of Christ shine on them (2 Cor.4:4).

1 John 4:4 tells us that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

· As a matter of fact, every one born of God overcomes the world, which is the worldly system that Satan has established (1 John 5:4). Satan may not be with you personally tempting you to sin. But due to the fall of man, Satan has devised a scheme that incorporates everything from people living under his control or influence to demons, all to help pull you down. And, of course, he also works with your own sinful nature and desires of the flesh.

Ephesians 6:10-12 exhorts us to be strong in the Lord, and to put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles or the schemes of the devil. (2 Cor.10:3-6) (1 Peter 5:6-9).

James 4:7 tells us, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

The Matthew 6 account of this model prayer includes a closing that’s not included in the Luke account. This closing statement acknowledges the supreme sovereignty of God.

“…For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matt 6:13)

“The High Priestly Prayer” of Christ Jesus

When we read John 17, we will see how Jesus prayed.

· Notice how Jesus addressed the Father as someone whom He knew intimately and loved, but at the same time, Jesus maintained great respect for the Heavenly Father.

· He spoke words of adoration to the Father. He spoke the true facts concerning His mission on earth, and He spoke of what had already been accomplished.

· Jesus also reminded the Father of His own words and plans and asked the Father to bring them about.

· In this prayer, we can also see that even at the coming of Jesus’ greatest hour of tribulation, He was still thinking of others. He prayed for His disciples and those who would later believe (that includes you and me).

· He expressed His own desires to His father and at the same time maintained the attitude of ‘not my will, but yours.’

We would do well to look to Jesus as our teacher and our example as we pray. As you pray, never forget that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.