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The Prayer Of Freedom (6 of 8)
Series: The Practice Of Personal Peace
Dr. Chuck Mcalister
(A) Series... THE PRACTICE OF PERSONAL PEACE ...
... Few people today really have peace of mind! ...
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."
1- ... I.E. ... Personal peace only comes through the Practice of Prayer.
2- You can either PRAY or WORRY as you go through life.
3- Jesus gave us a pattern to show us how to pray ... we call it The Lord’s Prayer ... really -- the model prayer.
4- This prayer consists of 8 phrases ... each phrase addresses a different need that we have ... that must be dealt with if we are going to have peace within us!
a- THE NEED TO BELONG ... "Our Father in heaven"
b- THE NEED TO RESPECT (Worship)... "Hallowed be Your name."
c- THE NEED FOR SUBMISSION (to God) ..."Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." ...
d- THE NEED FOR TRUST (of God) ... "Give us this day our daily bread"
e- THE NEED FOR FORGIVENESS (from God) ... "And forgive us our debts ..." (1) Unless we overcome guilt by accepting God’s forgiveness, we will never be at peace... That’s why we need God’s forgiveness.
(2) We all make mistakes at one time or another ... That’s why we all need God’s forgiveness ... or we become prisoners of our guilt.
5- There is another great need we have to truly have peace ... Not only do we make mistakes and hurt others ... but we are also hurt by others!
a- Once we have been forgiven by God ... set free from our guilt...
b- ...we also need to forgive those who have hurt us ... so that we can be truly set free ... set free from resentment.
* TEXT ... Matt. 6:12b ... To show you how gre ...
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