With Jesus in the School of Prayer #2
Yesterday we looked at the first part of the Lord’s prayer – “Paternal Relationship” – praying to our loving Heavenly Father. We will continue looking at the rest of that prayer today…
2. Praise and Worship:
“Hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9).
Having established that prayer is primarily a love relationship with God as Father, we move onto the second part of prayer: worship. What does it mean when we say hallowed be your name? To hallow means to declare that God’s name is holy. When we pray, we must remember that it is God we are praying to, and we bow down before Him in worship. It is helpful to put on a worship CD, or start singing your own songs of praise and worship to the Lord. Worship the Lord, tell Him how much you love Him, and tell Him how wonderful He is. When we worship Him, we come into His presence, and we now have an audience with Him.
3. Presence – God’s Glory:
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).
The next part of the Lord’s Prayer is about God’s presence – praying that His Kingdom would be established, and that His will would be done on the Earth. This also speaks to us of obedience. When we pray, “Lord, let your kingdom come, and let your will be done,”we need to make sure that our words are matching our lives. It doesn’t make sense to pray, “let your will be done” if we’re not willing to be obedient and go out and do the will of God in our lives. We need to make sure that we love each other, be kind to each other, and forgive each other. Prayer is not something we can separate from the rest of our lives – it is a part of who we are. That’s why sometimes when we’re not walking in obedience to God’s Word we don’t feel like praying, because we feel guilty. When we discover that we are walking in disobedience to God, be quick to confess that sin to Him, and repent, and then we can pray again with a confidence, knowing that the Father is listening.
4. Provision – Our Needs Being Met:
“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11).
The second part of the Lord’s Prayer is for Our Good. Here the Lord made it possible for us to ask Him for the things that we need. Jesus said we can pray for God to give us our daily bread, to meet our needs day by day. He has promised to meet all of our needs!
Consider this true story of God’s provision. Things looked bad for the children of George Muller’s orphanage at Ashley Downs inEngland. It was time for breakfast, and there was no food. A small girl whose father was a close friend of Muller was visiting the home. Muller took her hand and said, “Come and see what our Father will do.” In the dining room, long tables were set with empty plates and empty mugs. Not only was there no food in the kitchen, but there was no money in the bank account. Muller prayed, “Dear Father, we thank You for what You are going to give us to eat.” Immediately, they heard a knock at the door. When they opened it, the local baker stood there. He said, “Mr. Muller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you had no bread for breakfast, so I got up at 2 o’clock and baked fresh bread. Here it is.” Muller thanked him and gave praise to God. Soon, a second knock was heard. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. He said he would like to give the children the milk so he could empty the cart and repair it. This was just one of the many ways that God provided for them as they walked by faith and trusted God.
God has promised to meet all of our needs. Some of you might say, “There are times in my life where God hasn’t met my needs.” Did you ask God to meet those needs for you? Many times we don’t receive from the Lord because we don’t ask. If we ask, we will receive. Sometimes we spend lots of time praying, but we’re not really asking for anything. We tell God how bad the situation is, and say, “Oh God, I’m so sad, depressed and miserable! Life couldn’t be any worse, and we don’t have any food in the cupboard, and everyone in the family’s sick.” Everything that you’re saying may be true, but it’s not good enough to tell God the problem. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”(Matthew 7:7). Once we tell God what we need, and ask for it in Jesus’ name, God’s power is made available to change our circumstances. So we need to pray, “Lord, meet our needs today, in Jesus’ name.”
5. Pardon – Forgiveness of Our Sins:
“And forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who sin against us.” (Matthew 6:12).
The next thing we can ask God for when we pray is forgiveness. I’m so thankful that the Lord included this in the Lord’s Prayer! Christians aren’t perfect. We still struggle with sin. When we sin, if we confess it to the Lord, we receive forgiveness for our sins. This part of the Lord’s Prayer is conditional. God says, “If you want me to forgive you for your sins, then you need to forgive others who sin against you.” If we don’t forgive other people, God won’t forgive us. It is important for us to forgive other people. Let’s walk in forgiveness towards others.
6. Protection – Our Deliverance from Danger:
“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13a).
The next blessing God has made available to us in the Lord’s Prayer is protection. There’s a wonderful prayer for protection in the Old Testament that says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”… Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” (Psalm 91:1-2,9-10).
Let me share with you this true story of God’s supernatural protection. Many years ago, my wife Liza and our good friend Jen were driving down the highway from Surrey toRichmondone evening. The rain was pouring down hard as it often does inBritish Columbia. They were travelling along highway #99, and there was a lot of traffic going both ways. All of a sudden they started hydroplaning. They had completely lost control of the vehicle, and as they were driving, they turned sideways, and smashed into the concrete barricade in the middle of the highway. The car skidded alongside of this barrier, and as soon as they got control of the vehicle back, they pulled over to the side of the road.
When this accident happened, there were no other vehicles around – that in itself as a major miracle. When they got out of the car, they were very shaken up. They went to check the front of the car to see how much damage was done. There wasn’t a single scratch on the car, and they were completely unharmed! Thank God for His promise of protection that says, “He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” I’m so thankful that their angels were working overtime that night to protect them and keep them safe.
Parents, this is a great prayer to pray for your children: “Lord, lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from evil.” Pray that God would keep them strong in their faith, so they won’t give in to the peer pressures around them, and pray that God would deliver them from all of the attacks of the enemy. Pray for God’s protection.
At the end of this prayer, Jesus tells us to pray: “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13b). We start off our prayer time with worship, hallowing the name of the Lord, and we finish off our prayer time with praise and worship. When you talk to the Lord, it’s always good to close off your prayers with thanksgiving. I often say, “Thanks Lord for all the things I prayed about today. I believe to receive all of these things, and I praise you in advance for what I know you’re going to do.” That’s the Lord’s Prayer.
The Call of Jesus to Intimacy:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20).
The Lord is calling His people to the secret place today. Sometimes, pastors quote the above Scripture when they are giving an altar call for salvation. They say, “Oh sinner, Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart. Let Him come in, and become a Christian.” But if you look at the context, Jesus wasn’t speaking to sinners. Jesus gave this challenge to a church. In another one of the letters that Jesus wrote to the churches in Revelation, He said, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4).
We see these same truths illustrated in this story from the life of Jesus: “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42).
God wants to spend time with you in the secret place of prayer. The whole story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is God seeking a friendship with human beings. Do you know what the very first words were that God spoke to Adam and Eve after they sinned? “Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). He came looking for them. He wanted to restore that friendship with them that had been broken by sin.
Jesus is calling us to pray. What are your priorities in life? Have you left your first love? Have you forgotten the importance of time spent sitting at the feet of Jesus? When we spend time with Jesus, we will see the reality of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Let’s draw near to God in prayer.
“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God – all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God.” (Romans 5:11).
Lord, we’re so thankful that you desire a friendship with us. Draw your people deeper into the secret place of prayer. May they go into their rooms and shut the door to all of the distractions in their lives, and open the door to Jesus. Lord, You gave us a promise in Your Word that says that if we would draw near to You, You would draw near to us. Take Your people on this exciting journey of walking and talking with you in intimacy in prayer. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.
(Note – portions of the section on The Lord’s Prayer were taken from my book Supernatural: Contending for Signs and Wonders Today).
Pastor Chris Jordan
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