Please note: These sermon notes are entered in the order as they were presented, with the most recent at the very bottom of this page. The sermon notes listed are from January 2014 to present.


The Model Prayer

1st in series

Text: Matthew 6:9-13  
The Object of our Prayer:  “Our Father
Points to the “nearness of God”   (“it is good for me to draw near to God” Psalm 73:28)                                                     Reflects the Familial Relationship  (“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven…” Matt. 5:45)
                As to a Father
                    A Relationship of Love 
                    A Relationship of Authority
                    A Relationship of Watchcare
The Familial Connection to the Son
           As a co-heir with Jesus    (“…heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ…” Rom. 8:17)
           An inclusion with Jesus: “our”
The Object of our Prayer defined: “Who is in Heaven”
The “otherness” of God –  He is vastly different from mortal man
                  (“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9)
          He knows reality from a different perspective than man
          He is Timeless & Eternal
          He is Apart from & Above all creation
          He has All things under His sovereign authority 
The start of Our Prayer:
    We are to pray to the Father 
           With Affection & Devotion
           With Gratitude
           In Submission
          With Humility

2nd in series

Mathew 6:9c   
The First Petition: “Hallowed be Your name”
A petition according to the will and plan of God

               “For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations,
                and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure;
                for My name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord of hosts. (Mal. 1:11)
As Adjective: A “Hallowed” name:
To describe as holy, set-apart, consecrated, sanctified.
His name declares His deity, nature, and character
“I am who I am” (Ex. 3:14)
A name of sovereign authority
A unique, holy, honorable, and royal Name

“You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain” (Ex. 20:7a)
          Do not use His name as meaningless or common
          More than just swearing…even OMG!
As Verb: “Hallowed” be Your Name
To regard or declare to be holy, pure, divine
An act of worship
Reflecting on His worthiness
An act of reverence
Noting the unique nature and exclusivity of God
There is none like Him
There is no other God but Him
The acknowledgement of His Name is an acknowledgement of His deity, authority,
and right to do as He pleases.

Our Request: Make Your Name Hallowed
A global request: Asking that God would make it so
Make Your Name Honored, Worshiped, and Known
Among all nations…EVERYWHERE
Among all peoples…EVERYONE
A personal request: Asking that God would make it so in ME
Make me to worship You
Make me to reverence You
Make me to know You
Make me to honor Your Holy Name

3rd in series

Matthew 6:9-13
 “Thy Kingdom Come”- Kingdom Extent
     Solomon’s Prayer— “And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the LORD, be near
            to the LORD our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people
Israel, as each day requires, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no one
else..” (1 Ki 8:59-60)
     God’s word to Israel – “I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the
earth.” (Is 49:6)
     Jesus’ Prophecy – “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations,
and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
 “Thy Kingdom Come” – Kingdom Entrance (qualified)
     “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:20)
     “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father
who is in heaven will enter.”    (Matthew. 7:21)
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. ”
(Matthew 18:3)
Thy Kingdom Come” Kingdom Evidence (today)
     Brazil: Some churches are investing 75% of their budget in missions.
     South Korea: Perhaps the largest mission sending nation, sending 21,500 missionaries to 175 countries.
     Nigeria: Over the past ten years 5,000 Muslim scholars have come to Christ, and 78 of them have become missionaries
“Thy Kingdom Come” – Kingdom Effort (our responsibility)
     PRAY: I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me
you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
     PREACH: And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Mt. 10:7)
     PERSUADE: When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining
to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both
the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. (Acts 28:23)
     PERSEVERE: Brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you 

           practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. (2 Peter 1:10-11)
Thy Kingdom Come – (what it means for us)
The Prayer for Global Submission to God’s Reign
The Prayer for God’s Church to proclaim the Kingdom to all mankind
The Prayer for God to reign in Me
The Prayer committing myself to the Expansion of His Kingdom
“Seek first the Kingdom”

4th in series

Matthew 6:10
The 3rd  Petition (pt 1): “Your will be done” What we are asking for… 
    “May Your will be done”   (This will happen) 
        God’s will is immutable, cannot be altered (Isaiah 46:10) 
        God’s plans cannot be stopped (Job 42:2) 
        God reigns over the nations (Psalm 47:8)
The Particulars of His Will
     His purposes: 
        Sorrow that leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10) 
        Belief in Christ. (John 6:29) 
        Our Sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:3) 
        Doing right (1 Peter 2:15)
Third Petition (pt 2): “On earth as it is in Heaven”
    What we are asking for…
The manner in which His will is accomplished: “On earth as it is in Heaven”
The heart of the appeal 
Doing the will of God from the heart (Ephesians. 6:5-7) 

               Voluntary humble and willing service (1 Peter :1-3) 
    Our Request: May Your will be done on earth, in the same manner as it is done in heaven
        A global request:
Asking that God would accomplish His will   (This will happen!)
His Plan and His Purposes will be accomplished

        A personal request
              Make me more willing 
              Make me more submissive
              Make me more desirous of Your will
              Make me more “angelic” (like heaven’s angels)
   For His Glory
        Psalm 29:9   In His temple everything says, “Glory!” 
        1 Corinthians 10:31  whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

5th in series

Matthew 6:11
Moving from Global Concerns to Communal Concerns
Part 1 Global Concerns
1.Let Your name be Hallowed
2.Let Your Kingdom Come
3.Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven 

         Part 2 Community Concerns              
            1.Give us this day our daily bread   
“Give us”
A Communal Prayer
            Praying together – “Our Father”
            Expressing our common concerns  – “Give Us”
“This day”

        A Continual Prayer
            A perpetually practiced prayer  – as in Acts 2:42 “continually devoting themselves …to prayer” &in  Acts 2:46
day by day continuing with one mind”
A focus on the present need  – as in Matthew 6:34 “do not worry about tomorrow” & James 4:14 “you do not know 

            what your life will be like tomorrow
“Our Daily Bread”
A Child-like Prayer
            An expression of dependence
An admission of need
A plea for life-sustenance
“Give us this day our daily bread”  In summary:
A corporate prayer interceding on behalf of the community of believers, requesting that God would supply
our daily needs and reflecting our faith in God’s sovereign plan of provision for His children

6th in series

 Text:  Mathew 6:12  
Moving from Global Concerns to Communal Concerns
    Part 1:  Global Concerns                                                             
          1. Let Your name be Hallowed                                                                                   
          2 .Let Your Kingdom Come                                                          
          3 .Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven 
 Part 2:   Community Concerns            1. Give us this day our daily bread            
           2. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors       
Forgive us
         Forgive:
An appeal to receive a pardon
An admission of guilt
A plea for mercy
A hope to exonerated
        Forgive Us:
An acknowledgement of corporate guilt
A corporate plea for communal pardon
Our Debts
       That which we justly owe
The payment which is required (death)
For the personal transgressions of our life
For the corporate transgressions of our lives
As we also have forgiven our debtors
Requesting forgiveness in the same degree that we have already forgiven others
Matthew 18:24-35
Unforgiveness is sinning against our Judge
Forgivenessis evidence of our transformation
  A Call to Repentance
        Addressing our personal transgressions
The debt we owe
The requirement for holiness
The sin of unforgiveness
Addressing our corporate transgressions
The sins of the church
2 Chronicles. 7:14
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray  and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

7th in series

 Text:  Mathew 6:13
Moving from Global Concerns to Communal Concerns –
continued
Part 1 Global Concerns                                                                       Part 1
Global Concerns 
       1. Let Your name be Hallowed                                                            1 .Give us this day our daily bread
2. Let Your Kingdom Come                                                                  2. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors 

       3. Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven                             3. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
 Do not lead us into temptation
       God does NOT tempt us to evil.
 It is against scripture: James 1:13
It is against His nature and character
However He does lead us into positions where temptation is certain.
Therefore, knowing our own weakness and frailty, it is appropriate for us to plead to avoid these contests of faith and will.
Lead into temptation
        The temptation of conditions and circumstances
Poverty or loss
Persecution (or the threat of it)
Prosperity and honor
Prescribed sacrifice
deliver us from evil”
           We pray for deliverance, knowing that temptation is sometimes a byproduct of following where God leads.
If we must face temptation, let us not succumb
1 Corinthians 10:13
By your might and power deliver us from yielding to the temptation.
1 Timothy 5:22
 The damage of sin
 Personal loss of joy and sense of failure
Heightened insecurities
Disqualification for some kingdom service
Public ridicule of the church and the Kingdom
Defamation to the cause of Christ
Psalm 19:13
       “Also keep back Your servant  from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless,
 And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

Types of Prayers: 8th in series

 THE “ASKING” PRAYER          2 Chronicles 1:7-13
            Why Ask?
                    Because God tells us to do so because He is glorified through answered prayers
Because our condition can improve
Because our circumstances can improve
Because there is always hope for change
THE PRAYER GOD ANSWERS
           The Prayer of Faith
                    Reflecting Personal Humility  (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Reflecting Dependence on God  (John 15:5)
Demonstrating Trust in God’s Power  (Joshua 4:24)
Demonstrating Trust in God’s Providence  (Romans 8:31-32)
Asking for things that only God can do  (Matthew 19:26)
            The Prayer of Fervency
                    A reflection of our desire
The specific thing we are compelled to seek
“One thing” (Ps. 27:4)
A reflection of our need
The need we are desperate to have met (Ps. 40:16-17)
An understanding of God’s readiness to answer
An urgency to go to the One who can answer (2 Chr. 16:9)
            The Prayer of Frequency
                    A desperate insistence to be heard (Luke 18:1-8)
Praying Until Something Happens  –  PUSH
A persistence until a clear answer is given (Proverbs 8:34-35
   THE PRAYER of CONFESSION
       Ezra 7:1-10:44
Hear the Word of the Lord
                   Ezra 8:21—10:3
2 Timothy 2:22—3:17
James 4:1—17
1 John 1:5—2:1a

Types of Prayers: 9th in series

CONFESSION – (part 2) – REPENTANCE
                Repentance Defined
                       Shuwb –To return, turn back, or turn around
                                (Jer. 5:3)  They refused to take correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to repent.
                       Metanoeō — To change one’s mind
                                (Mt. 11:20) Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.
               The Act of Repentance
                        A response to God’s grace, whereby He grants us a new understanding of reality.
                                (2 Timothy 2:25) If perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth
                        Willful acceptance of God’s sovereign authority
                                (Matthew 3:2) Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
                        Willful submission to the will of God in all things
                                (Acts 26:20) They should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.
               Confession Defined
                        Hithpael yadah – To acknowledge something about oneself, as in “confession of sins”
                                (Numbers 5:7)  “Then they shall confess  their sin which they have done”
                        Exomologeō —  To acknowledge publicly
                                (Mt. 3:6)  “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins”
                        Homologeō – To say the same thing; agree; assent
                                (1 Jo. 1:9)  If we confess  our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
                        Homologia – Profess, or whom we profess
                                (Hebrews 10:23)  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
              The Act of Confession
                        Expressing agreement with God concerning our nature and actions
                        Acknowledging our transgressions without excuse or evasion
                        A public expression of guilt and sorrow as prompted by the Spirit
              Confession & Repentance
                        Repentance precedes confession
                                We must first experience the grace of God granting us a “new (true) perspective;” a change of mind and heart.
(2 Ti. 2:25) If perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth
                        Confession follows our understanding of the Truth.
                                 We see ourselves “truthfully,” as God sees us, AND we agree with God’s assessment.
We acknowledge our transgressions
(Acts 19:18) Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices.        
Prayer as it Relates to Confession & Repentance

                        Humble ourselves
                        Ask for God to renew our mind (grant us repentance / a change of mind)
                        When by grace God reveals His truth:
                                We agree with His assessment (confession / acknowledgement of sin)
We forsake our sinful ways (repent / turn around)
We submit our lives to His authority (confess / profess Jesus as LORD)
              Romans 10:9-10 If  YOU confess with your mouth Jesus as LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation

Types of Prayers: 10th in series

The Prayer of Adoration and Praise
                        Psalm 95:1-6
                The Point of Praise
Halalradiance, brightness, glory (Hallelujah)
To glorify, to speak of favorably
To celebrate the perfections and excellency of the object of praise
The Presentation of Praise
Let us sing for joy to the LORD
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
The Pretext for Praise
For the LORD is a great God
A great King above all gods
In whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land.
The Posture of Praise
                        Come, let us worship and bow down
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
(they) Stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel (2 Chr. 20:19)
               The Power of Praise
Praise glorifies God
Praise lifts our burdens and refreshes our spirits
Praise enables us to see God’s perspective
Praise is the wellspring of joy
Praise invites the manifestation of God’s glory (2 Chr. 5:11-14)
        Psalm 106:48 “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting.
And let all the people say,  ‘Amen.’ Praise the LORD!”

Types of Prayers: 11th in series

The Prayer of Thanks
                        The Duty of Giving Thanks
IN OBEDIENCE TO A COMMAND
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks; for this
is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
                        The Discipline of Giving Thanks
DEVELOPING THE HABIT OF GIVING THANKS
Psalm 92:1-2  “It is good to give thanks to the LORD”
Psalm 119:62  “At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You”
                        The Devotion to Giving Thanks
THE GIVING OF THANKS FROM A GRATEFUL HEART
Psalm 9:1 “I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders.”
Psalm 86:12 “I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God,
                                    with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.”
THE GRATEFUL HEART
GRATITUDE LOOKS TO WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN THE PAST AND IS THANKFUL
      Psalm 118:21  “I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,”
GRATITUDE IS NURTURED THROUGH REFLECTION ON GOD’S MERCY AND GRACE
Psalm 18:48-49  “He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.  Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD,”
Isaiah 12:1 “I will give thanks to You, O LORD; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me.”
GRATITUDE IS THE PREREQUISITE CONDITION OF THANKFULNESS
                Regarding Prayer, Gratitude and the Giving of Thanks
Answered prayer leads to gratitude which leads to giving thanks
Dissatisfaction or discontentment with God’s provision is the foe of gratitude
Gratitude and Murmuring never abide in the same heart at the same time (EM Bounds)
                            GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART