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Title:           “Our Father…”

FCF:            Having the wrong idea about God

D-Theme:   God is our Father!

M-Thrust:   He listens, provides, forgives, protects, and rules!

App:           We can trust that He listens, provides, forgives, protects, and rules because God is our Father!

Comment:  Probably about the same as last year in terms of comments—lots of noise and distraction—some really listening some not. Children's program not nearly as good as I remember it—not nearly as many came as in times past—either children or adults. Pretty disap

Subject:     Vacation Bible School Program Sunday

Date:          8953783AB7024B49A2793333B8B374B7

Text:           Matthew 6:6-13

6But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

• Introduction...................... dominating theme

•   The life of Jesus… what was one of the characteristics?

•   Which more than anything else marked out his life…?

•   Was it His compassion… or His miracles…?

•   His love for people… or His obedience…?

•   His teaching… His knowledge of God’s Word…?

•   All of those things are notable about Jesus…

•   But I think that more notable than any of these…

•   Was the fact of his addressing God as Father…

•   All throughout his time and stay here…

•   Luke’s gospel shows his first / last recorded words are…

Luke 2:49

49…Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

Luke 23:34

34…“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

•   And much of the contention in John’s gospel…

•   Centers around Jesus calling God his Father…

John 5:17-18

17But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” 18Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

John 8:19

19Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”

•   And the equality he saw in that…

John 10:30

30I and My Father are one.”

•   So we come to this morning…

•   When the children have led us in worship…

•   Showing us what they learned…

•   About the Lord’s prayer…

•   And the matter-of-fact way in which they approach…

•   The truth of the Lord’s prayer…

•   And the matter-of-fact way they approach…

•   All of the revelation of God… as Father…

•   And the contrast for me is great…

•   Between the children’s approach to God…

•   And adults approach to God…

•   And how often have we heard it said or taught…

Matthew 18:3

3“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14

14“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

•   Both of these statements were made by Jesus…

•   To overcome false assumptions and misconceptions…

•   The people had about God…

•   How imaginable would it be for us to think…

•   That if folks in Jesus’ day lived…

•   Having the wrong idea about God…

•   That folks in our day live…

•   Having the wrong idea about God…?

•   It is not only imaginable—

•   But it is reality—you only need to look around you…

•   Amongst your family, friends, co-workers…

•   Maybe even look @ yourself…

•   We live Having the wrong idea about God…!

•   Well, scripture teaches that God is our Father!

•   He listens, provides, forgives, protects, and rules!

•   And We can trust that He listens, provides, forgives, protects, and rules because God is our Father!

•   So we are going to take a brief look this morning…

•   @ what the Lord’s prayer can teach us…

•   About the fact that God is our Father!

• The wrong approach............................. v. 6-8

•   If we live Having the wrong idea about God…

•   What is the likelihood that we will pray wrongly…?

•   That the motive for our prayers will be wrong…

•   That the substance of our prayers will be wrong…

•   That the faith driving our prayers will be wrong…

•   Jesus addresses these issues in the first part of the text…

•  6But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

•   Much of what is written here is a rebuke…

•   Of Israel’s religious leaders for the example they set…

•   For the way they approached prayer…

•   We didn’t read verse five but it says…

Matthew 6:5

5…do “not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

•   The motive for their prayer was wrong…

•   They wanted to be seen by men…

•   So everyone would know how righteous they were…

•   The substance of their prayer was wrong…

•   Because the motive was wrong…

•   They couldn’t be praying for God’s will to be done…

•   Because they wanted their will to be done…

•   God’s glory wasn’t on their mind…

•   Because their own glory was on their mind…

•   And what about the faith behind the prayer…?

•   What faith…? If they were praying to be seen by men…

•   Then the vain repetitions spoken of…

•   Are surely going to be present…

•   So they couldn’t be coming to God in faith…

•   Believing He knows the things they have need of…

•   Even before they ask Him.

•   Application

•   We might approach God this way…

•   If we believe that he is nothing more than a…

•   Just Judge who waits to punish the sinful…

•   Passive Provider who gives in response to whining…

•   Distant Dad who cares little about our needs…

•   Or if we project onto God our Father…

•   The failings of our earthly father…

•   To be the things we think he ought to be…

•   Which is perhaps why Jesus said…

Matthew 23:9

9Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

•   The One who is perfect in every respect…

•   Especially when it comes to fatherhood…

•   So then, what is…

• The right approach.............................. v. 9-13

•  9In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven,

•   The foundation for the Lord’s prayer…

•   Is the way in which we are called upon…

•   To approach this God who is in heaven…

•   The right approach is to address him…

•   Our Father…

•   And the question that immediately comes to minds is…

•   Why not pray “My Father?”

•   If we are called on by the Lord to pray

•   While we are alone in the secret place…

•   Why is it that Jesus instructs us to say… “Our Father”?

•   Why not pray “My Father?”

•   What is the significance of prayer to “Our Father”?

•   First, this is the manner Jesus always prayed…

•   He always addressed God as Father…

•   Second, through Jesus a new relationship is revealed…

•   A restoration of relationship between God and men…

•   And if we want to have a part in that relationship…

•   We acknowledge that we share in it through Jesus…

•   And that we share in it with others…

•   There is some sense of needing to approach the prayer…

•   As the little child might approach it…

•   Becoming as little children in relationship to God…

•   Who is…

•   Our Father…

•   That tender, wide-eyed innocence of the little child…

•   Who approaches God with the awe and wonder…

•   That they might approach a caterpillar…

•   Or a butterfly…

•   Not in fear but wholesome curiosity…

•   Who comes to their father and repeatedly asks…

•   “Why…?”

•   And that not a question of doubt…

•   But of deeply desiring greater understanding…

•   Of wanting to know and learn…

•   This is the One who prays…

•   Our Father…

•  Hallowed be Your name.

•   Knowing God rightly, having the right idea about him…

•   Approaches him with the right motives…

•   For the right purposes…

•   Wanting for God to be glorified…

•   Wanting his purposes to be accomplished…

•   This is the One who prays…

•   Our Father…

•  Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven… For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever…

•   Who prays with the right substance…

•   Asking for the right things for the right reasons…

•   The meat of the prayer hitting home…

•   Right @ the heart of God…

•   What he desires for us and plans to do for us…

•   Not with the excessive words of the unbeliever…

•   But in simplicity and brevity…

•   This is the One who prays…

•   Our Father…

•  Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.

•   And isn’t that the essence of child-like faith…

•   The true faith that should be behind our prayers…

•   Praying with simplicity and brevity…

•   Knowing that our Father in heaven…

•   Hears us, knowing our needs even before we ask…

•   That we don’t need to repeat ourselves over and over…

•   We don’t need to make showy prayers…

•   To try to impress God…

•   But we simply need to come to him as a child might…

•   Where the motive for our prayers is right…

•   Where the substance of our prayers is right…

•   Where the faith driving our prayers is right…

• Application........................... Romans 8:10-17

•  15For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…

•   In this relationship alluded to in the Lord’s prayer…

•   Where we address God as our Father…

•   We receive from God a gift…

•   That allows us to becomes as children…

•   Paul refers to that gift as the Spirit of Adoption…

•   Of being adopted into the family of God…

•   By whom we are enabled to cry out…

•  “Abba, Father.”

•   The cry of a little child to his/her Father…

•   Care for me… help me… be there for me…

•   Not unlike the cry of a child who is…

•   Frightened by a bad dream…

•   Injured by a bicycle accident…

•   Excited by a first hit—first catch—first anything…

•   And what would they say…?

•   Daddy! Daddy!

•   And with the adoption into God’s family…

•   By the Spirit of God…

•   We are enabled and privileged to say to God…

•   Daddy! Daddy!

•   Whether it is because of a need that we have…

•   Or some excitement we want to share…

• Conclusion......................... motivating thrust

•   The Pharisees and folks of Jesus’ day lived…

•   Having the wrong idea about God…

•   There wasn’t an intimacy of relationship with God…

•   But they believed God was distant and uncaring…

•   Many folks today live Having the wrong idea about God…

•   Where there is no intimacy of relationship with God…

•   Believing that he is distant and uncaring…

•   So the motive for our prayers is wrong…

•   So the substance of our prayers is wrong…

•   So the faith driving our prayers is wrong…

•   Folks who still live under…

•  the spirit of bondage to fear…

•   Not having received the Spirit of adoption…

•   Not knowing that God is our Father!

•   The passage in Romans tells us

•  14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

•   Do you have the Spirit of God this morning…?

•   Have you turned your life over to Jesus…?

•   Do you know God as your heavenly Father…?

•   Do you come to him as a little child does…

•   Then let me say to you that God is our Father!

•   Or @ least he deeply longs to be…

•   So much so that he sent his Son Jesus into the world…

•   The Spirit by whom we are adopted…

•   And can cry Daddy!

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