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The Prayer Of Respect (2 of 8)
Series: The Practice Of Personal Peace (The Lord’s Prayer)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series... THE PRACTICE OF PERSONAL PEACE ...
1- Summer time -- a great time to slow down and depressurize your life ... a great time to work on gaining personal peace ...something we all need!
2- How do we acquire this peace?
Phil. 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
a- Genuine, personal peace comes through the Practice of Prayer.
b- How do we pray so that we can be assured of having this peace?
c- Jesus gave us a guide ... a model ... a pattern to show us how to pray ... we call it The Lord’s Prayer!
d- The Lord’s Prayer consists of 8 phrases ... each phrase addresses a different need that we have ... that we must deal with to have peace within us!
3- We are going to look at each of these phrases as we use the Lord’s Prayer not only as our guide for praying ... but as our guide for living.
a- Last week ... 1st phrase ... "Our Father in heaven"
(1) THE PRAYER TO BELONG ... that first phrase indicates we were made to belong to God’s family (the Church) ... "Our" ... to God as our Father ... "Father" ... to the future ... "in heaven."!
(2) We were made to belong ... to have relationships.
b- This week ... THE PRAYER OF RESPECT.
* ... Matt. 6:9-13 ... Matt. 6:9b "Hallowed be Your name."
-- U.S. Army ... first skill you learn as a soldier? ... How to walk or march ... Someone calls cadence . And you, along with your fellow soldiers, learn to march in step with each other.
-- There are several reasons why marching ... not firing a weapon or surviving in combat ... is the first skill a soldier learns!
-- One reason: It teaches the soldier that he is part of a team and everyone must do their part for the team to accomplish its goal and advance together in the same direction.
-- The Primary Reason: To teach the soldier respect for authority ... He must march to the cadence of his leader ... The soldier’s first lesson in respect ... where it starts ... He will learn many more.
* If a soldier does not learn respect for authority -- it could cost him his life.
(B) Who is calling the cadence for your life? ... Without respect for God as "THE" authority for your life, you could very easily get out of step! ... You could mess up your entire life!
-- During the Apollo missions to the moon, our spaceships were off course more than 90% of the time ... Continual messages were sent to these ships from Mission Control to make the necessary corrections to get back on course.
-- Mission Control was the authority ... the ships had to respect that authority to stay on track ... because the slightest dev ...
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