We have begun a new series at church called “Can you hear me now?”. This series is focusing on prayer and how we communicate with God, our Father.
In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer as a model for how we should construct our prayers. He starts with “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” We covered this opening statement last week in the first sermon of this series. In this first part of the prayer Jesus is instructing us to address God as our Father, which He is.
A loving Father who hears each and every one of his children’s prayers. We should address Him with endearment and love. Next, we show reverence for His name and His sovereignty by saying “hallowed be thy name”.
Yesterday we moved on to the next part of the prayer “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…” This is my favorite part. Our pastor broke this down to show that “Thy Kingdom Come” is stating the PURPOSE of our prayer and our lives here on Earth. Everything we do should bring glory to God and His Kingdom. “Thy Will Be Done” reminds us that we should submit to His will for our lives. We must love God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength. Basically with EVERYTHING we have. Then we need to submit to His will for our lives by praying to him everyday and listening to where He leads us. Focus on what you hear Him say and what He is laying on your heart. Next, you must OBEY what He says. If He leads you somewhere, you must follow.
In this second part of the prayer Jesus is instructing us to remember the reason we are here on Earth, to listen and pay attention to where God is leading us and to obey and submit to His will. Not ours. If we follow God’s leading, it may require some suffering and some sacrifice, but it will bring more joy than you can imagine.
Many people think that God wants us to be happy. He doesn’t. He wants us to obey Him and to bring glory to His name and to His Kingdom. What He knows, and we forget, is that by doing these things we will have so much joy and abundance in our hearts and in our lives that mere “happiness” will fall very short and eventually end in disappointment.
When we feel like we are missing something….we are only missing God. Seek Him first and last and everywhere in between and most importantly, obey. You will be amazed at where your life goes and what happens to your heart!