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The Prayer That God Always Answers (8 of 11)
Series: From Here to Kingdom Come
The kingdom of God is not so much a subject that we talk about as it is a reality that God wants for every person on the planet because all of life hangs on it. It is in the most literal sense, the vertebrae on which every issue of life hangs. It was the subject of every thing Jesus ever said and did. And apart from experiencing the kingdom, life simply cannot be enjoyed, success cannot be attained, continual happiness will always be elusive, and life will simply not make any sense. And the kingdom is a life choice.
This is a key: The fulcrum of life is the kingdom of God. The lever on that fulcrum in which all of life comes into focus and the kingdom of God is experienced is prayer. Prayer was so central and so key to the life of Jesus and the flow of God's power through Jesus, that his life was a series of movements from one season of prayer to another season of prayer, just like the disciples followed him from one place to another. So in Matthew 6:9-15, Jesus teaches us how to pray by giving us a model.
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If anyone ever really knew how to pray, Jesus knew. Now rabbi's in the first century, generally taught by giving topics of truth and they would list a topic and then under that topic, the rabbi's would provide a complete outline. That is what Jesus did here. Now most of us have heard this prayer; lots of us have memorized this prayer and ma ...
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