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July 17, 2020 8:00 am
How does Jesus say we should address God in prayer.
Listen to Adrian Rogers is Jesus who taught us to worry all fall is the basic intrinsic nature of all God not what God is like what God is God and his fall when I'm talking about what God is like when we say father were talking about what God is built into the worth featuring the dynamic biblical lessons, pastor and author Adrian Rogers is nothing more important than knowing how to pray. Dr. Roger said nothing can stand against the man who could pray. Jesus even teaches us how to pray in Matthew chapter 6, beginning with a specific instruction to call God father what happens when we say father. If you have your Bible turn to Matthew chapter 6 beginning in verse nine is Adrian Rogers presents part one of when we say father Matthew chapter 6 were progressing through the sermon on the mountain. Today we come to a wonderful section on prayer subsection that were calling learning to pray how important it is that we learn to pray, listen to me, my friend. The time will come, if it is not already here that when for God to answer your prayer will be the most important thing you all this earth. You can learn many things, but you can learn nothing better than to learn how to pray. Nothing can stand against the man who can break because prayer can do anything that God can do in God can do anything. It is well been said that nothing lies outside the reach of prayer than that which lies outside the will of God.
You do not have a knee but what proper prayer would help you to attain that which you need not have a failure in your life.
But what proper prayer would have avoided that failure. You do not have a burden on heart ache, a tear, our fear that proper prayer cannot help remove the Sioux the bless the help that he I'm telling you my dear friend that prayer. Prayer is the order of the day the disciples asked the Lord Jesus teach us to pray the Lord Jesus taught. Look in Matthew chapter 6 in verse nine. After this manner therefore pray ye before we even read the prayer.
Let me say this is not primarily pray to be recited.
Lord has already warned about vain repetitions sometimes would be a public assembly and so will save us all stand and say the Lord's prayer friend. You don't say prayers you pray prayers. Suppose I come in so that in your living room and you look at me and say say a conversation missing. I just got in fitness. Prayer is not talking at God is talking with God is not rattling off beautiful thoughts even verses of Scripture.
Jesus is giving us a model prayer Jesus is saying pray like this. Now let's look at it and see after this manner therefore pray ye are father which art in heaven how low it be thy name. Thy kingdom come by will be done in earth, as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and glory for ever. Amen. What a mighty prayer because friend there is a world of truth pack.
In this model prayer that the Lord Jesus Christ gave that has endured through the ages and so today we're going to spend our time on one verse. Primarily, and that is verse nine. The way the prayer begins our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
The title of the message. When we say fall. But what happens when we come to God and say father will basically three things at number one, we express his nature. He is a father we call God when we pray what Aristotle called God. It is doubly cold, nothing will. Aristotle the philosopher called him the move move for the on moved mover that is nothing we can do to affect him, he changes everything but nothing changes him he's unmoved by God. He is not unmoved. He is touched with the feeling one from Dick Huxley a more modern philosopher called him VE eternal no you never knowing their Knowingness. One Huxley said, but 167 times in the Gospels, Jesus called him father Paul. And when you say father expresses nature God's nature is the nature of the fall.
Now we don't call him father because we know fathers and so what were trying to say is that our prayer is a reflection of our fatherhood all know our concept of father and the very fact that we are human fathers is that we are made in his image is fatherhood is not a reflection of our fatherhood, but vice versa.
Now God is not like a father. This is not an analogy. God is a father were not talking about what God is like when we say father we are talking about what God is when you say big do you everybody knows that. Did you know my dear friend in modern theology today. There is a move to remove the idea of God as father but you know that is not a fact even speak of God as male in churches across America today.
You can hear God referred to as she and people would not want to pray our father which art in heaven, they pray. Now our parent in heaven.
You say that's ridiculous as a man I don't think our conception of God will ever stand again, says Joseph. How being of Vanderbilt University's Divinity school in Nashville, Tennessee in his public utterances. Dr. Howell alternately refers to the BPAC. Then he quote I don't think anyone would want to defend the view that God values males more than females.
But that's exactly what traditional language does.
He says so is talking about calling God father just simply traditional language. The roots of the debate over what to call God are often price-to-book by Mary Bailey called beyond God the father. That is we move past life for him. Jesus was too old-fashioned for us beyond God the father. I critique a patriarchal religion that bluntly states quote. If God is male than male is God a number of theologians warned that language shapes reality and in less the church changes its imagery, it will effectively endorse gender and race bias. Now you see what you've done friend when you say the goddess father and your gender bias in your racial bias. Shame on you. Shame on Jesus and by insisting on God as father, they say, listen to this one. This will bless your heart.
Traditionalist risk deifying a mere word committing the sin of idolatry.
So now when you say God is father and you say that's the only way we should pray you made a God of the word, and therefore that's idolatry.
Shame on you was a Greek word for all of this. It's baloney and they listen to this as society becomes aware of the issue of injustice. The society's language has to change to mirror that says let EM Russell, a professor of theology at Yale Divinity school and here's another classic piece of doublespeak.
I want to listen to this the way to respect the original words is to re-translate them as our understanding of their meaning changes. Listen to it again. The way to respect the original words is to retranslate them as our understanding of their meaning changes. That's most classic piece of doublespeak I've ever heard. So God says something you say I like and I understand differently, I'll change it and that's the way I respect it is Jesus who taught us to pray our fall is the basic intrinsic nature of God, not what God is like what God is put these verses in a margin first Corinthians chapter 8 in verse six, but there is but one God the father of whom are all things and we in him are. Perhaps this one first Corinthians chapter 15 verse 24 day income at the end when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the father not only about what God is like is what God is the everlasting father just simple Bible doctrine. My dear friend. And when we say our father, number one, we express his nature.
Number two. When we pray our father as we expresses nature, then we expect his nurture. They go together. His nature and his nurture.
You see, when we say our father that infers that we are his children that we have been sired by him that we have been spiritually begotten of him. You see, God is not universally the father of all people so often glowing words we hear this phrase the universal fatherhood of God. Now suppose you have to be the universal motherhood of God, the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man well would save universal fellowship people today fatherhood of God in the universal brotherhood of man, but friend, God is not the father of all people. God is the father of those whom he has sired and will born into a spam. The Bible says concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. In John 112 and Jesus came unto his own and his own received him not. But as many as received him as many as received Jesus to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe in his name Jesus said to the unsaved religious leaders of his day in John chapter 8 and verse 44 you are of your father the death and the loss of your father you will do. Like father like son. See, the Bible teaches in Galatians chapter 3 that we have become the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. That's the way we become children of God.
That's the way God becomes our father, we are supernaturally born again when God becomes our father, his very life comes into us and I know how some of your thinking right now you're raising your theological motors and your logic is running away. You say, but wait a minute, Pastor, did God create all human beings. And if God created all human beings would not make God the father of all human beings no and makes God the creator of all human beings.
There's a difference between fatherhood and creation is a God created many things God created rats and roaches and buzzards of rattlesnakes is they create or he's not there father God becomes our father, not by creation, but my conception when we are born into his family and the Bible says it is, then we become partakers of the divine nature and so if he is our father. Then he has a certain responsibility to us. We often talk about our responsibility to him and we do have a responsibility to be all children have a responsibility to the parents but you know is two sides that: parents have a responsibility to the children and no one will ever have to level the charge of child neglect by heavenly father. He is a father who will take care of his own God will fulfill his duties to you in battle to give you great great comfort as you think of God as a father because we are his children we have is can show you what the Lord Jesus Christ taught about this. For example, here in Matthew chapter 6 and verse 26 look at it. Behold the fowls of the air fully so not maybe do they reap, or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeder thin, are you not much better than they answer all the animal rightist people.
Again, the Lord Jesus Christ makes an intrinsic difference between men and animals, especially between the children of God and animus. What you say he's able to see these birds, your heavenly father.
Not that heavenly father, your heavenly Father feeds them onto better than they are due. See the logic of our Lord.
What farmer would feed his chickens and starve us to the God who takes care of the house of the year is the God who cares for you because you are his ear. The object of his care.
Your child of God. You're not a beggar. Children will beg for the food God is going to take care of you see because of the father's nature. We expresses nature, we expect his nurture, we can say God you are going to care for me but not only do we have the father's care. Along with that we're going to have the father's correction looking chapter 6 in verses 14 and following, for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father do you see it. Your father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Now were speaking not of the father's care, but the father's correction. He's not a doting father is not a father who says to children living what you like and I'll not correct you because I care. I will correct you, and the classic passage that goes along with this, I would like you to put in your margin is Hebrews chapter 12 verses five through seven that speaks of the father's correction very plain way, whomever the writer of Hebrews was. He says this and have you forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as on two children, my song despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him out to be reviewed means to be scolded to be chastened means to be whipped.
Verse six for whom the Lord loves he chastening and scourges every son whom you receive and then listen to verse seven.
This is Hebrews 12 seven.
Listen to it clearly. For if you endure chastening, God deal is with you as with sons for what son is he whom the father chastened, if not if your child of God.
God loves you too much to let you get by with sin.
Sometimes people join the church. They get baptized they continue to live in sin and nothing ever happens, they say, well, God surely must love me. God lets me get by with sin. God doesn't love you, like he loves his own children for whom the Lord loves he chastens had you been his child. God would've carried you to the woodshed.
Is that why doesn't God chastise me when I live in sin because you never been saved this passage in Hebrews 12 goes on to say, but if you be without chastisement wherever all are partakers, then you baskets and not some is a pastor that strong language.
What does that mean just simply means this God is saying if you were my child, I would've chastened you but since I didn't chastened you. Here are truly my child, you may peers my child, but I did not legitimately father you. You are not truly born in my family. I'm not your father, somebody else is your father. If I were your father.
I would've carried you to the woodshed.
If you are without chastisement is just simply assigned it. I never really father do value for mother goes to the front yard and missing children out there fussing and squabble that mother calls her own children in a sheet chastens them of the father chastens them, but you don't whip and punish the neighbor's children, you better not miss day and age you get in serious trouble, then nodules, you chastise your own and so it is with God the father difference between how God deals with a child of God and the child of the devil missing God deals with his own children on a cash basis, and God deals with the devil's children on the credit basis.
God deals with us as a father.
He deals with them as a judge. God deals with us now. God deals with them at the judgment Romans chapter 2 verse five speaks of the unsaved Mrs. like this but after thy hardness and impenitent heart you treasure up wrath against the day of wrath that is your putting judgment in the bank. You just treasuring it up against the day of wrath and the perdition of ungodly men. Romans 251 of these days.
God says I am going to be with you. Not as a father, I want to be with you as a judge at the final judgment.
He deals with them on credit. They just putting it in the bank but he deals with us day by day as soon as you see him as a child of God the father steps in the chastise. I've said many times in this pulpit would God save your feet on the picture for you can't sin anymore, but he sure does fix you up or you can't sin, and enjoyed anymore. You know the difference between cash and credit. I learned that as a youngster I guess I was about five. I went with my dad in West Palm Beach, Florida to the community grocery store on Georgia Avenue up on the hill.
My brother and I were in the store that day I saw something that astounded me. My dad went in that store and bought some groceries. As he walked out.
He said to the man behind the counter charge. It never heard that word charge that man wrote something down in a book and my dad just waved and walked out about. That's the most amazing thing I've ever heard that word before charge. I went again and I watched my dad walked in there, bought some groceries and said to that man who knew my dad very well charge identity and sign his name. That's a kind of business they had in those days that man wrote something down the book and my dad won't that I said how I told my brother I said I think we have something your wonderful. We have discovered a very special word, so we thought we given a trial run with put some money in our pocket just in case it did not work and bought some soft drinks stay around the store for a while and all the way out.
We look to the land and we said charge.
He nodded his head and we walked back we thought we found the key to Fort Knox and for about two weeks we would visit the community grocery store and buy what we want. Walk out and say the all magic where charge but one day my dad called us in the at some things in front of him and right bearing a very special way. I learned two things I learned. Number one the difference between cash and credit and I learned this when the father loves.
He chastens Tyler and I, then my friend, God loves us to let us get by with sand, whom the father is a chastens and so when we say our father, Fran, we can expect his care. Indeed, we can and we can expect his correction if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly father forgive you and so forth, whom the Lord loves he chastens comforting it is to know that when God saves you, he doesn't fix you up, where you can't sin anymore. We sure does fix you up, where you can't sin, and enjoy it anymore will hear part two of this insightful lesson coming up on Monday but if you have questions about who Jesus is about what that means to you how to receive the forgiveness that your heart craves. Go to our website LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says Discover Jesus you find resources there materials that can answer questions. You can even respond to us and send a prayer request airway right there LWF.org/radio and click Discover Jesus if you'd like to order a copy of today's message on CD request one by the title. When we say father when you call us to order at 1877 love God. 1-877-568-3463 this message is also part of the powerful series. The school of prayer for the complete collection. All five insightful messages. Call that number or go online LWF.org/radio or you can order by writing us that love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183 thanks for studying in God's word with us today. Remember, as Adrian Rogers said we don't bring our shabby nest God, praying, pray in the name of Jesus praying with that in mind today and be sure to tune in next time for more profound truth. Simply stated on love worth God is not promised to smooth sailing, but he has promised you a safe landing profound truth. Simply stated, we hear that often, this people are exposed to the wit and wisdom of Adrian Rogers fact. Love worth finding.
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