Sermons from October 2016
In Genesis 15, God reassures Abraham that He will be faithful to His covenant. The faithfulness of God is part of the perfection of God’s character. He is totally dependable and trustworthy. When we do not understand God’s timing or our confidence in His faithfulness is weak, it is helpful to remember that God can never act in a way that is inconsistent with His character.dd
When we neglect to pray against sin and for holiness, we will give in to temptation.We must recognize that we are in danger from our strong, relentless enemy. Thankfully, God is powerful enough to help us and loving enough to deliver us from evil. Let us look to Him in prayer for triumph over sin.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven God’s sovereign will, His ultimate plan, will always prevail, but His moral will can be rejected. This petition calls us to obedience and conformity to God’s will, similar to the swift, faithful, joyful obedience of the angels. Give us this day our daily bread. This is a petition that acknowledges our dependance upon God. We are to receive our daily necessities with gratitude and use them in service to Him. In addition to daily provision, we also should seek daily pardon. Even though there is ultimately no condemnation for those who have received grace, we still sin and need to restore fellowship with God and show grace to others.
The infinitely glorious God of the universe, through grace, allows us to be His adopted children who may address Him intimately as “Father.” We hallow God’s name when we honor Him as the holy one revealed in the Scriptures. His kingdom comes not only in the future at Christ’s return, but now as God rules over creation, history, and in the hearts of those He redeems.
The disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray” because they knew that Jesus valued prayer in every aspect of His life. The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11) is still valuable today and can shape, inform, and inspire our communion with God and our intercession with Him. It is a pattern for our prayer, a prayer we can offer in Jesus’ name, and a prayer for a God-focused life.