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Jeff is the Lead Pastor at The Gathering Ottawa and preaches most Sunday mornings.
Spiritual warfare is real. There are evil forces at work around us trying to destroy us. It’s why Jesus instructed us to pray “Deliver us from evil”. So how can we experience increasing freedom and victory over the evil forces in our lives?
Forgiven people forgive people. That’s how the Gospel works. It’s why Jesus instructed us to pray, “Forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who sin against us.” But what happens when we don’t forgive others? And what can we do to remain soft-hearted; as people who are quick to extend forgiveness to others?
Forgiveness is core to the message of Jesus. We all want it, we all need it, and we all turn to different places to find it when we have’t experienced it in Christ. It’s what makes this line in “The Lord’s Prayer” so critical, “Forgive us our sins…”. Why is it so important to pray this prayer? And what is forgiveness from sin and how can we experience it?
God our Father loves to provide for His kids and the Bible tells us that He already knows what we need even before we ask (Matthew 6:8). Yet Jesus instructs us to pray a prayer for provision as part of the Lord’s Prayer. Why is this so significant? And how could praying this prayer daily change our lives?
CS Lewis once said that there are two types of people in the world; People who say to God, “Your will be done” and people to whom God says instead, “Your will be done”. Which type are you? And what does it matter? This Sunday we look at the line “Your will be done” in Jesus’ epic prayer, “The Lord’s Prayer”.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructed us to pray that God’s “Kingdom Come”. So what is God’s Kingdom? And why would Jesus ask us to pray for it to come? How might God want to use this section of the Lord’s Prayer to impact our lives and the lives of those around us?
The word “Hallowed” isn’t used all that much in today’s world unless we’re talking about “Halloween”. But of course, that’s not how Jesus used this word when He used it in the “Lord’s Prayer”. In instructing us to pray “Hallowed Be Your Name”, Jesus was talking about something much more sacred and specific than "Halloween”. So what does it mean? And why should we pray “Hallowed be Your name?”
Fathers. We all have them, even if we don’t know them. Some of them are great, some of them aren’t so great. It’s what, for some people, makes “The Lord’s Prayer” so difficult to pray; approaching God as our Heavenly Father. “Our Father in Heaven”. How does seeing God as our Father have the potential to change our prayers and our lives?
Part of the challenge with “The Lord’s Prayer” is that is so familiar. We think that we know it just because we have it memorized and have heard it so many times. However, there is a big difference between reciting this prayer and actually praying this prayer deeply from the heart. So what would it look like if we actually prayed as Jesus taught us to pray?