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 6:11.
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.
- Bread is sustaining, filling and nourishing. We know we can ask God for our daily physical needs to satisfy us.
- But Jesus is also ‘The Bread of Life’ which means only He truly satisfies us. Asking God for bread also means that we are asking for more of Jesus in our lives.
- God is a good Father and knows what we need to live on and will provide it, but ultimately we need to live a life with Jesus.
- Everything we have in this life is a gift from God but so often we can forget to be thankful for the things we own. The world tells us to rely on ourselves but Christians are told to rely on God for provision. We need to learn how to be thankful to God for the things we have: food, a home, clothes, friends and family, hot water for showers etc.
- All the pronouns in the Lord’s Prayer are plural. As Christians, we are all one body. As we see from the early church in the Book of Acts, believers shared all their belongings with each other so no-one went without. Who can we be generous to this week?
- We see in Genesis that God provided manna daily for the exiles and they were asked to trust that each morning, food would be given. They were told not to rely on themselves and save up for the next day but simply trust.
- The Bible is filled with countless stories of God’s provision so we need to trust that God will provide for us too. God is kind and generous and knows what we need. It is His joy and delight to provide for us when we choose to rely only on Him.