North Anderson Baptist Church
This is How You Should Pray
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
“This, then, is how you should pray…” This is what Jesus said and doing so implied this was not to be a verbatim prayer for His disciples but a model or an example of praying. Who would best know what and how to pray than Jesus, the Son of God. He prayed regularly and knew what His Father desired for His children to say in prayer. One scholar said, “Jesus did not give this prayer to us to be memorized and recited a given number of times. In fact, He gave this prayer to keep us from using vain repetitions. Jesus did not say, "Pray in these words." He said, "Pray after this manner"; that is, "Use this prayer as a pattern, not as a substitute."

Jesus made it very clear that God’s name should be honored and glorified when we pray to Him. His name should be above all else. When we have once done that, then we can go on to ask that God grant our petitions to accomplish His will on this earth.

“This prayer begins with God's interests, not ours: God's name, God's kingdom, and God's will. Robert Law has said, "Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man's will done in heaven, but for getting God's will done in earth." We have no right to ask God for anything that will dishonor His name, delay His kingdom, or disturb His will on earth.”

Should this prayer be repeated often? There is nothing wrong with repeating this prayer but remember Jesus said, “Pray in this manner…” This is really a pattern by which to pray and when we go through it you can see clearly what Jesus was talking about. Repeating this prayer verbatim could become rote for the person praying and then it could become worthless for them as a prayer. Someone has said, “Even the prayer taught us by Jesus Christ may be repeated without profit to our souls.” Prayer should come from the heart, longing to speak to the Father to honor Him and submit your requests to Him.
What satisfaction must it be to learn from God himself, with what words, and in what manner, He would have us pray to Him, so as not to pray in vain! A king, who draws up the petition which he allows to be presented to Himself, has doubtless the fullest determination to grant the request.

In this prayer we see six to seven requests or petitions. The first three are related to God and His holiness and will. The next 3 or 4 have to do with our own concerns, some for short term and others for long term, but for physical and spiritual needs. Scholars disagree whether there are three or four because of verse 13. Each phrase could be a request alone or they could be just one together. We will look at it as two requests.
Verse 9, Our Father in heaven - Prayer is to begin with worship. God is addressed as Our Father in heaven. Worship is the essence of all prayer. We should approach prayer more worshipful and more serious because of the One to whom we are speaking.

We have a God who wants us to know that He is the Father and Creator of all. Often I tell you that God is not the Father to all unless one is a part of His family, redeemed and adopted into the family by the Son of God, Jesus. And that is true. Here, Jesus is saying that God the Almighty, who is in charge and over all in this universe He created, and He is therefore the Father of all, man and angels. Angels are not able to be saved but God created them for His glory and He is their Father. This is personal prayer, you are addressing Your Father, Abba Father. Some translate that word to be “Daddy.” When some of us hear Father or Daddy, we don’t have a pleasant memory, others have great memories. But remember that God is not your earthly father, He is so much more than can be explained but He loves you more than you can imagine and seeks to extend grace and mercy to each of His creation and those who accept that grace by faith, He then becomes your Heavenly Father forevermore.

Our Father is in heaven and on earth, through His omnipresence. He is everywhere and yet He chooses to be identified as being in heaven. When we read the Revelation we see the presence of God Almighty on the throne in heaven.
He is with every believer on earth through the Holy Spirit. But in this passage, Jesus the Son of God speaks and calls for us to address Him “in heaven.”
This is the first of the THREE PETITIONS in reference to God’s holiness and to bring Him honor.
#1. “hallowed be your name…”
Your name is to "be held in reverence" and to be treated as holy. The Name of God is holy and is to be honored by all. In the Old Testament God speaks of His name often and it being honored by the people of God. We even see this in the Ten Commandments, specifically in the third commandment,
And in Leviticus 22:32 we see that God speaks about His name being holy.
Some think this verse refers to “making the name of God holy.” How can we make God’s name holy, isn’t it already holy? We can testify to the name of God as being holy by the way our lives shine for Him. What we do and how we live and talk will bring honor to Him and call His name to be holy. On the other hand, we can bring dishonor to His name and cause the name of God not to be holy in the eyes of others if we claim to be His and not live holy and righteous lives.
We have had a great example of one glorifying the name of God through their life. It is Jesus Himself. In John 12:28 we read,
Jesus our Savior, lived a life so well that all He said and did brought honor and glory to the name of the Father. In this verse, we hear God Himself saying that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we heard from God and He said to us, “You have glorified my name by the way you have lived and spoken.” Bring glory to the name of the Lord through your whole life. What a great example Jesus was for us. So, the first petition is a request to keep the name of Our Father holy!
#2. Verse 10 - “your kingdom come…”
The word “kingdom” here means reign.
“The kingdom is defined as the rule which God exercises through the person, work and the teaching of Jesus.” HCSB Study Bible Some say that this petition is the expression of a wish that God may reign everywhere; that his laws may be obeyed; and especially that the gospel of Christ may be advanced everywhere, until the world is be filled with His glory. “So this prayer acknowledges a personal and social obligation of everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ: Make thy kingdom come through me.” Interpreter's Bible, The - Exposition - The Interpreter's Bible – Volume 7.
Our prayers should also include the principle set down by Isaiah in 9:6-7 where Isaiah prophesied saying,
We should be praying that the will of God is that this Kingdom of God will soon be established. So, the second petition is “Thy kingdom come.”
#3. “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

We can say that this is a prayer that asks God to bring the “will of God” into all hearts and lives on earth as the Will of God is in heaven. All who are in heaven do the will of the Heavenly Father, men/women and angels, and our prayer is that the Kingdom of God so reigns on this earth that God’s will, will be seen in all of us here. Is that possible? It will be one day when the Lord returns and the 1000 years of the reign of Christ will be established on this earth. But, our prayer may be, “Lord, have that 1000 years come now” or pray that the Lord’s will may come as a miracle, or pray, “Lord, change all hearts to do your precious will now like it is done in heaven.” We know that when God tells us that the “New Heaven and New Earth” are brought forward that both heaven and earth will have the will of God done in them both.
Could this be a prayer much like the ones in the Old Testament, as in Psalms? Psalm 67:1-7,
Along with Psalm 7:9 and 72:19, we see how the Psalmist prayed for the world and all its nations and inhabitants to love and follow God fully. They would praise Him and worship Him as they lived on this earth for Him. This could be a prayer of hope and desire to see every person become a part of the Kingdom of God, where God touches every life with the new life in Christ. That person then will be converted and will follow God in all that he does because of the spiritual change that has come to his life.

But, remember we are all men and women of free will. We have to make choices in this life and the one that everyone will have to make is, “Will I or will I not follow Christ and become a part of His kingdom here on earth?

Today you can choose the make that decision. There are two answers to this question. I will follow Christ with all my heart and life or I will not follow Christ. You get to make that choice today. Right now, in fact.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.
Pastor Bill Rigsby

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