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Next Week December 18 is Communion and Potluck, so please bring your favorite dish. This is a time of food, fun, and fellowship. So join us!!!
Revelation Bible Study Meet’s a Patti’s House at 6:30pm Thursday December 15.
Good morning and welcome to FCC, where we worship God in Spirit and in truth one verse at a time, one book at a time.
At FCC we believe in order for a disciple of Jesus Christ to be whole, they must sit under the Whole Counsel of God and besides, Jesus himself said, “Sanctify them by your truth, Your Word is truth.”
We have come as far as Matthew 6:11, so let us open our Bibles. However, we will start at verse 9.
Read Matthew 6:9-15
Read Matthew 6:9-15
In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father 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 forgive our debtors. And 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. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Lord Heavenly Father, we hallow your name this morning, in Bible study, in music , and now Lord with your Holy Word. We have failed this past week ,many times, and have fallen short and now we come before you asking that you would forgive us corporately. Among us Father there are many struggles. Some here today struggle desperately with the Christmas season, some financially, others relationally, and some of us have loved ones Lord that are seriously ill. There are many heart issues in this sanctuary that only you know and we your people ask for healing, for hope, and freedom for us and for all. Please fill our hearts to overflowing with the manna from heaven and make us more like Jesus today, then your did yesterday. Remove all distractions Lord and feed your sheep. Speak now, for your servants are listening.
In Jesus Name, We Love You! Amen!!
In looking back to our time together last week, we covered the first three petitions of the disciples prayer that are toward the Lord.
So first the Father and then us.
We are called to pray and Hallow His Holy name, which means to make Holy.
We are called to pray for His good and perfect will, which means we must surrender our wills unto him.
We are called to pray for His Kingdom to come on Earth as it is in Heaven.
“God, your Kingdom come, my kingdom go!”
Remember church, that this is written in the context of Jesus calling out the wrong way to pray and give in hypocrisy and here he is giving us a template of how to pray.
And now we come to our petitions for others and for ourselves.
So those who pray this prayer on earth are committing themselves to honor God’s name, accept his kingship, and do his will.
So we come to our text for today, but before we dive in, I wanted to share a true story:
There was some missionaries that came to a remote village in Africa to share the gospel and disciple the tribe. The head missionary spent countless hours discipling those that were converted and one of the first things he taught them was how to pray. They met every morning, prayed together, and then they spent time alone with the Lord. When they spent time with the Lord, he taught them to go into there secret closet in the jungle. So day after day, early morning they prayed, and then they prayed in their secret place to their Father who art in Heaven. As time went by, the head of the converted tribe noticed that there was trails formed leading to the secret places that the tribe had chosen. But as time progressed, he also noticed some paths were getting grown over because some were no longer praying. And you know what he would say to those whose trails were grown over? Simple, your trail is growing over! You might think this is funny, but I must ask:
How is your trail? Is it grown over or is there a well driven path? Because prayer is fleeting if you do not stay focused...
In fact, show me someone who has a good prayer life and spend time in the Word and I will show you somebody who is stable in every area of life....
Give us this day our daily bread.
What is interesting in the section is the language is not singular, but rather plural.
There is an indication that although we pray for our daily bread, we should also pray for others as well.
Note: that its our daily bread not tomorrow's bread…So we should come to God daily with our needs church and the needs of those we love, serve, and even our enemies.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
The Lord is teaching us here to stay in the moment, take it a day at a time church, because we are not promised tomorrow. We are not promised tomorrow.
Living for the moment can be the most effective and quickest way of overcoming stress and anxiety. It could change your life for the better.
If you worry a lot about what might be, or what might have been, you will miss what is happening around you. After all, God repeatedly in his Word admonishes us to not worry.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Be anxious for nothing is a command from the Father church and this text is the remedy that will kill anxiety in our lives.
Give us - Not give me. No singular pronouns in the Lord’s prayer church.
The adjective translated
Daily-epiousios-(ep-ee-oo'-see-os)- occurs only here in the New Testament and carries several possible meanings:
Daily-epiousios-(ep-ee-oo'-see-os)- the bread of our necessity, the bread that suffices for each day.
(1) This is bread for the day church” perhaps recalling the daily provision of manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16:15–26);
(2) “necessary,” what I need for today in order to survive, “sufficient for today”;
So yes it is to meet our physical needs and those we pray for, but I believe it covers everything that pertains to life a godliness.
Physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, financial, relational, social, the list goes on and on
However, I think it is crucial for us to understand that Jesus was speaking to a poor Jewish audience, an audience who did not know where their meal would come from. So Jesus they Bread of Life is teaching his listeners to ask for our daily bread.
Believers must trust God for provision and not worry.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The Lord supplies our need and not our greed church!
And one last thing about God’s provision for our lives.
It is easy to forget where it all comes from, especially when things are going great!
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
Over and over in the Word, God exhorts us to not forget Him, Why?
Well, scripture interprets scripture look here:
Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
When we forget God, we tend to worship other gods church. The god of money and materialism, the god of self. We erect idols… idols and more idols...
John Calvin said, “The Human Heart is an idol factory!”
When we forget God, self will take control and then pride goes before the fall..
Israel constantly forgot God and Israel is a picture of us...
Before we leave this text, I wanted to share an illustration of daily bread:
George Mueller knew how to ask for daily bread:
In the late 1800’s George Mueller operated an orphanage that at one time had 1,000 orphans. One morning there was no food to eat, but he called all the children and staff together and prayed thanking God for the provision of food, even though no food was on the table. A few moments later a baker knocked on the door. He told Mr. Muller that God had led him to bake bread the night before and give it to the orphanage. Before the bread was given to the children, a milkman knocked on the door. He said that his milk truck had broken down and he wanted to give the milk to the orphanage.
George Muller gave thanks, even when it took faith to do so.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And 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.
The first question I would ask, would be what debt is Matthew talking about?
Debt- opheilēma (of-i'-lay-mah)- n. — sin that has incurred debt with, or injury against, God. A debt that is due church.
Did you know that you were bought with a price?
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I hear the Savior say, "Thy strength indeed is small, Child of weakness, watch and pray, Find in Me thine all in all."
Refrain: Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.
So we all have a debt/ sin that we need to seek cleansing from:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we confess, to come in agreement with what the Holy Spirit is saying.
This is our daily cleansing verse church ...
There have been many who would do well if they would learn that they have nothing beyond what God has given them. And the more God has given them, the more they are in debt! ~
Jesus is teaching us to run to the Father with our sin, but also to forgive those who sin against us.
Grace begotten is grace bestowed.
Forgiveness begotten is forgiveness bestowed...
God desires us to extend to others, what he has freely extended to us.
This fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer not only helps us to understand whether or not we are believers, but if we are believers, it helps us to monitor our spiritual health.
We all have the unhealthy tendency to be more conscious of the wrongs done to us than the wrongs we have done to others.
When others are hurt, we credit it to their oversensitive feelings.
But when we are wronged, we tend to exaggerate our own hurt and the evil of the offender.
Our unhealthy tendencies to take offense and to offend take their toll on our relationships—oftentimes the relationships we most value.
Our quickness to take offense and our reticence to forgive strain even our best relationships.
An unforgiving spirit brings isolation and a compounding of our bitterness, and sooner or later it shows itself. Self-pity finds its roots here. Then comes depression as an unforgiving, offended self turns inward. We become even more fault-finding and hurt and unforgiving, then more depressed and emotionally unhealthy. Not only do friendships sour, but our own healthy relationship with God becomes insipid. The heavens seem as brass to the unforgiving heart, and they practically are so. We suffer from spiritual ill health.
On the other hand, the health benefits of a forgiving spirit are incalculable. The chief benefit is this: We are never closer to God, or more like God, than when we forgive! When we forgive, we are like the Father and like the Son, who prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
God desires us to forgive church as he has forgiven us!!!
And 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.
It is crucial for us to know that God does not tempt us.
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
So God does not tempt us, but who does?
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
God tests, the devil temps and we can see that right here with Peter:
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Did you see that? No temptations has overtaken you!!!
But God who is faithful will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able.
But will make a way of escape
So that we can bear it.
Bear- hypomeno- to endure (withstand) v. — to face and withstand with courage. To stand firm, persevere, to remain under, to hold out, to hold one’s ground.
So pray church, that God leads us not into temptation, but delivers us from evil.
For Thy is the Kingdom, power, and glory forever is not in the earliest manuscripts but was added later church.
However, until the kingdom comes, we know that the kingdom belongs to God and that all power and glory also belong to God as well.
As children of the kingdom, church we are to live in anticipation of the kingdom yet to come.
For the sooner God brings the kingdom, the sooner will be the Lord Jesus’ returns for his bride.
How is your prayer life? Have you applied this template to the process?
Let's grow to be skilled in praying together according to this pattern.
Our Father who art in heaven, we thank you for simple Bible truth and how you Lord have taught us to pray with simplicity of heart and mind. Over the next week, until we meet again, help us to apply the nuggets of truth that you have given. Lord we ask that you come quickly and help us to enter in to the joy of the Lord.
In Jesus Name, We Love you! Amen
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
THE LORD BLESS YOU!
YOUR MISSION STARTS NOW!