The God Who Answers

SERIES: A Study in the Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

9     After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11   Give us this day our daily bread.

12   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Hosea 13:8 KJV – I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 KJV11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

Isaiah 66:12-13 GNV 12 The Lord says, “I will bring you lasting prosperity; the wealth of the nations will flow to you like a river that never goes dry. You will be like a child that is nursed by its mother, carried in her arms, and treated with love. 13 I will comfort you in Jerusalem, as a mother comforts her child.

  1. Prayers God rejects

Matthew 6:5-8 GNV5 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites! They love to stand up and pray in the houses of worship and on the street corners, so that everyone will see them. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. 6 But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that their gods will hear them because their prayers are long. 8 Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask him.

  1. Boasting Prayers

(Mt. 6:5-6)

  • Babbling Prayers

(Mt. 6:7-8)

Ecclesiastes 5:12 KJV1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

1 Kings 18:27-29; 36-38 KJV27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

  • The prayers God receives

The first three petitions are prayers to promote God’s glory.

The last petitions are prayers to promote human good.

Genesis 43:5 NIV – But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'”

You can relate to God as a child or as a boarder.

John 1:12 KJV – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 8:14-17 KJV14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Characteristics of God’s Fatherliness

  1. God is a caring Father

Psalm 104:3 KJV – Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

1 Peter 5:7 NIV – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  • God is a consistent Father

2 Timothy 2:12 KJV – If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Malachi 3:6 KJV – For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

  • God is a close Father

Matthew 6:31-32 KJV31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Psalm 34:18 KJV – The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

  • God is a capable Father

Luke 1:37 KJV – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Ephesians 3:20 KJV – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Philippians 4:18 KJV – But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

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