Praying Through the Bible #125
TEXT: Matthew 6:9-13
In our last message, we began taking a closer look at the six parts of what is called the Lord's prayer. Those six essential parts are as follows:
1. We praise and recognize God.
2. We put God's will before ours.
3. We ask for our daily needs.
4. We confess our sins and ask for forgiveness of sin.
5. We ask God to deliver us from temptation and evil.
6. We praise and recognize God's glory once again.
We can see these six parts as building blocks to a productive and effective prayer life. Last week, we learned about the first building block -- the foundation or cornerstone, if you will. That foundation is us acknowledging God as a Father who is willing to hear and answer our prayers. It is also acknowledging that God is holy, and like a good father, he will not reward sin and evil.
Today, we are going to look at the second building block of this prayer which is signalled by Jesus' words, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven." The word "kingdom" refers to the reign of God in Heaven and in Earth. His reign relates to His supreme and sovereign control over all things in the universe.
When Jesus Christ came to Earth, His arrival was a signal of two important events. The first being God's reign in the hearts, minds, and souls of men -- the spiritual kingdom; and the second being God's reign over the Earth and His defeat of Satan -- the physical kingdom. When Jesus Christ preached that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, at that time, He was referring to the spiritual kingdom. God had come down to man to repair the rift that sin had caused. In so doing, He began to rule and reign in men's hearts through the Holy Spirit...
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