This message was part of the ‘How to Pray’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Matthew 6:12.
The Lord’s Prayer
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Recognise Who We Are
- Repentance starts with us by realising what we have done wrong – our behaviour needs to be called out for what it is. When you have realised what you have done, forgiveness is much sweeter; it’s “worth more”.
- We often feel guilt as well as remorse. Guilt accuses us of the wrong we have done but remorse is where regret comes and makes us not want to do the wrong again.
- Seeing the mess we can cause restores our vision to how glorious God’s amazing grace for us is.
Recognise Who God Is
- The more we see of God in our lives, the more we see who we have become through Jesus, and this motivates us to become more like Him.
- In Isaiah 6, seraphim that were heavenly beings created by God for the purpose of giving constant glory to Him, even have to hide their faces with their wings because God’s glory is too amazing for them to look at.
Recognise What Has Been Done For Us
- We can come into God’s presence openly and unashamedly through what Jesus did for us on the cross. And now, with the Holy Spirit living within us, we have the joy of having a personal relationship with God.
- All our guilt and shame has been removed from us, and now we stand spotless and free.
- In the same way that we are forgiven, we are called to forgive others in our lives. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you’ll restore a broken relationship, or justify someone’s bad behaviours or overlook a crime that has been committed. But it does remove our right to be judge over someone else. Only God is good and holy, and only God is judge.