This sermon was based on Matthew 6:9-13.
The Lord’s Prayer
9Pray 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.
Our Father in Heaven
- It is so good to remember that we have God as Father to us – that we can come to him as a child goes their father and the father pulls them in close and patiently listens – happy to hear whatever the child has to say!
- It doesn’t end with God as just our Father though. It goes on to remind us that our Father is in heaven and his name is to be hallowed, revered and honoured. We are reminded of the awesomeness and might of our God.
- Here Jesus clariﬁes the situation for us by teaching us to pray to our Father in heaven – there’s God as close and intimate and yet high and sovereign in heaven. These two truths of God brought together in a simple sentence that has profound depths to it. It’s really easy to say but there is such richness in being able to grasp it fully.
Your Will be Done
- ‘Let your will be done’ means its a plea or a petition from us to God for him to do something – it isn’t worshipping that your kingdom will come, your will will be done. It’s a plea! It’s a cry – Lord let your goodness be here, let righteousness reign, let you be king! let your will be followed!
- Jesus is teaching us to pray such that we put God’s will before our own. He’s summing up what the whole bible is essentially teaching us, that it’s all about God, not you, not me, not about getting your prayers answered, not about ﬁnding meaning or purpose, it’s about God!
- Jesus is telling us to keep our focus on him, his name, his kingdom and his will. As simple as it is on the face of it, it’s one of the hardest prayers we pray. Let me explain – to pray God let your will be done, means we lay down our own wills and wants and only if God allows our will do we get our will.
Give us Our Needs
- What are those needs Jesus says we should petition God over? Again he simpliﬁes things by essentially saying feed us, forgive us and deliver us. Which means: “Lord give us our physical needs and give us our spiritual needs!”
- We need our Father to help us – to cover our physical needs, cover our past sins, cover our future sins. Not only for our own good but so that we can then go on to focus on his kingdom and will and so that his name will be honoured as it is in heaven.
- Jesus models for us how to pray – how we should address God and then petition him for his will and kingdom to come, and for our physical and spiritual needs to be met. You can never go wrong in praying this way. You can extend the prayer because Jesus says this is a model. You can say it just as it is because this is already incredibly meaty and weighty. Jesus releases the stress and anxiety from prayer by showing us how to do it and he shows us this in one of the most concise and simple prayers – which uniﬁes a lot of different aspects of prayer to God in about 4 sentences – its amazing!