Sermon Notes-December 18, 2011
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church – Pastor Carlos Cuellar
Praying in such as way as to glorify God. The “Lord’s Prayer” is a model but more than that, it is teaching us to acknowledge God’s Glory.
1. Pray with a heart of child-like faith.
…Our Father in Heaven…(Matt 6:9a)
–Pray in faith, believing God hears.
-Pray relating to God as a Father.
-See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God…(1 John 3:1)
-Consider Mark 10:13-16 as a picture of the Father’s heart.
What it means to be childlike:
-without pretense, sincere
-excited about who God is
-in awe of God
-completely dependent upon Him
-full of trust
2. Pray with a heart of humble devotion.
…hallowed be your name. (Matt 6:9b)
–Who God is, is wrapped up in His name. (Ex 34:6-7)
-Pray in a way that causes His name to exalted.
-Hallowed=valued, prized, adored, worshipped
-1 Peter 3:15; Ps. 115:1
3. Pray with a heart of willing submission to God’s rule and plan for your life.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt 6:10)
-Pray in the spirit of 2 Peter 3:13; longing for the day when Jesus comes again.
-Pray with a heart filled with a vision of the glory of the kingdom to come.
-Pray submitting to God’s will as revealed in the Scriptures.
-Pray asking for God’s will above your own will.
-Pray believing God’s will is best.
-See Rom. 12:2; John 4:34; Luke 1:38.
4. Pray with a heart of desperate dependence upon God.
Give us this day our daily bread…(Matt 6:11)
-Pray for daily provision from God.
-Pray affirming that every good and perfect gift is from God.
-Admit that we need God.
-Remember that God is glorified when we are dependent upon Him.
-See Matt. 7:7-11.
5. Pray with a heart of brokeness and repentance over sin.
…and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matt 6:12)
-True repentance involves heart, will and mind.
-Repentance is necessary not only for conversion, but daily and necessary for our relationship with God.
-When we see the truth of our own sin, we find it easier to forgive others.
-See 1 John 1:8-9; Ps. 32:5.
6. Pray with a heart of purity that longs for holiness.
…and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matt 6:13)
-God does not tempt. (James 1:13-14)
-Pray asking not to be lead into any circumstances where my own heart will fail. Deliver me from myself!
-Pray confessing that my flesh is weak.
-Ask for deliverance from the evil one.
-As Jesus prayed, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)
-Pray with a heart that longs to be sanctified. (1 Thess 4:3)
-Also see Jude 24.
Realize that we don’t pray as we should, but there is hope because Jesus teaches us how to pray.