God is Our Father
Prayer comes naturally for some. It’s as simple as talking to the Lord like He’s right here with us, sitting next to us. It’s like having a conversation with a close friend. For others, it’s not so natural. Some people feel intimidated about prayer, especially if they are asked to pray out loud in the presence of others. In Matthew, chapter 6, Jesus gave us an example. He showed us how to pray. The passage is known as The Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father
Our pastor at Blackshear Place Baptist Church is doing a sermon series on the subject of The Lord’s Prayer. Here are my notes from his sermon.
Our Father in Heaven
Our passage for this series on The Lord’s Prayer is Matthew 6:9-13
Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Our focus verse is Matthew 6:9
Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
To refer to God as “our Father” was shocking in Biblical times because they did not refer to God in a personal way.
Points to Ponder
1. God is a Father who cares.
Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. Psalm103:13
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Matthew 6:31-32
2. God is a Father who is consistent.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17
3. God is a Father who is competent.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20
God is the creator of all but He is a Father to those who receive him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:16-17
It is important to teach our children how to pray.
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