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 6:5-15.
The Lord’s Prayer
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
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.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Teaching Us How To Pray
- The Lord’s prayer isn’t just to be recited but to give us a structure to follow. Everything we pray about falls into the Lord’s prayer.
- The structure of the Lord’s prayer reminds us to be humble before God and pray with expectation.
Reverence For God – ‘Our Father’
- How we approach prayer shows us how we view God and ourselves as His children.
- We are adopted children, made righteous by the sacrifice of Jesus, simply because God loves us.
- All good things come from God who is a loving Dad to us. We need to pray more expectantly. God hears us, and is already acting on our behalf.
God Is Omnipotent – ‘in Heaven’
- God is all knowing. When God doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we want, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t hear us or care about us. But sometimes saying “no” is an act of grace.