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Prayer to God, Your Sovereign Father, Part 2

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July 30, 2020 9:00 am

Prayer to God, Your Sovereign Father, Part 2

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July 30, 2020 9:00 am

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been through seasons when you felt like your prayers were just bouncing off the ceiling and wasting your time. But get ready for a perspective shift, because Pastor J.D. is explaining the true purpose of prayer.  It’s part of our series called START, getting back to the foundations of our faith.

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Jeannie Greer to think about our relationship to God. Yes I: creator because that's what is I call him ruler, because that's what he is Savior because he saved me Michael and Gloria's uncle him a holy cannot call him wonderful. But there is nothing that thrills my heart like when I called him daddy because when I understand that I don't need to be moved to pray to be compelled to pray my heart runs to the presence of the father Rice looked at the foundations of our any of the previous messages you can get caught up.

Jeannie right now were diving back into a message about prayer. If you're like most people, you've probably been through seasons. We felt like your prayers were just bouncing off the ceiling and honestly just wasting your time well get ready for perspective shift here is Pastor JD model escapes in Matthew six have Bible budget (Matthew six there are so many things in this prayer call we call the Lord's prayer that we can focus on what you preach 100 sermons on a probably worldly look at the first two phrases is in the first two phrases God. Jesus reveals to attribute your character qualities of God that if you got these qualities it would transform prayer from being something that you have to do some of it you get that it and there in the first phrases about the sex but but before we get to that Jesus sets all this by explaining to you the wrong way to pray which is almost people who do pray pray to present for five when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and that the street corners that they may be seen by others. Truly I say to you they have already received their reward. Jesus is here describing a person who loves to pray a lot because he or she is figured out a way that prayer is a way they can gain respect from other people. In other words there using our relationship with God to gain something that they really want and that is the admiration and respect of others, but when you pray, Jesus said to go in your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your father who sees in secret will reward you will reward you with the heavenly father is the Lord. His presence is the primary ought to be the primary reward of your prayer when you love somebody you find them beautiful. You love being in the presence Jesus is the way to know how beautiful you find God's will. How much you pray in secret in secret secret.

You see, it is not pray in front other people got people afraid about other people because you just like I love you phrases and I love that you know how much you pray when it's just you and God you just you using for anything as much as you are just finding them beautiful. It's the joy of being in his presence is God useful to your is a beautiful Jesus said the way you know how beautiful you find out is whether you love to pray verse seven. When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do three Gentiles of people who don't know God as father. I get about a minute, but when they think the bill be heard for their many words for their many words.

Do not be like them, for your heavenly Father knows what you have need of before even asking. Talking about people who think God can hear them because I pray long enough to shout loud enough because they use some magical phrase, a God usually likes to hear that loosens him up. The real problem.

Jesus says with this approach is the assumption among the Gentiles are people of God is a God is naturally hostile toward us.

After these techniques in prayer are necessary to make them feel more disposed to us. These are the combination of allotment of matzos affection.

But Jesus the gospel that he is preaching is not that you will find leave your good enough become somebody that God will approve of the gospel is that Christ gives you his righteousness as a gift in your accepted on his behalf on his merits.

Your adopted as a son in him, so that's why Jesus says in verse eight. Your father knows what you need before you even asking Caesar pray like this start with our father is pointing to the closest possible relationship with God.

The word Jesus uses literally means daddy daddy don't bring up a big state like our father thought was injured by our father. People use with daddy. This is when you pray, you calm to him I could do nothing about my own kids have to change my heart toward them not repeat phrases enough to earn my affection they have it. They've already got it, even when they have an imperfect them even when they failed to say we support about our sin. What are the places where we haven't lived up to what God wants us to live up to the gospel is that God has adopted us into his family as sons and daughters on the basis of the finished work of Christ. I had been given in Jesus Christ's status as a son from the very beginning God revealed himself to the Bible as a father I asked my kids the other night at you family devotions. Few weeks ago, as I give you had to choose one word just one word to describe God will that one would be that answers awesome Gloria's holy gracious you know if you had one word feisty one word to describe God and you had not heard the sermon was that when were that you come up with Chris Gordy, Jesus, and one word is father so we Jesus taught us to pray, taught us to pray day daddy would that not change how you pray. If you understand is not a tyrant to please. He is not a policeman and negotiate with the father who cherishes you who watches over you who says he is so intelligent life that he knows when even one hair falls from your head father who feels every pain before you fill it and as much as you fill it if not more. Let me take you to a place where God talks about his fatherly relationship to his children. I love this passage is a 43 now says, thus says the Lord, you created, you will Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel, fear not Redeemed you. I've called you by your name individually. I called your name you are mine. When you pass to the waters I want to go with you to the rivers that will overwhelm you when you want to fire you will not be burned aflame. When I consume you why because I am walking with you every step of the way I might by your side and I'm feeling everything that you feel when you go to the worst things on earth I'm going through them with you and I'm feeling them with you in our father does dinner father when his child is in pain is and that father with the child hurting with that child got the care of when Jesus was by the tomb of Lazarus.

It's really strange thing Jesus by the tomb of Lazarus and what he does traverse in the Bible John 1135 Jesus wept.

My question is why is it weeping that they know they like in 10 minutes to raise Lazarus from the dead.

So why is it weeping that I would been like hey quit your crime. I'm going to fix it wisely. Standing by the tomb weeping if he knows he's about to resolve the situation because that's what a father does father stands by his child in pain and weeps with them. He doesn't beat them up with theological answers to shoulders their pain and he cries with them.

The reason he does.

That is because he's showing you that in your darkest hour in your deepest moment in your point of loneliness and brokenness. How would it change you if you understood that there was a God who stood right beside you in that hour left with you who felt the pain who felt the rejection who felt the sting and literally wept with you in your hour of brokenness.

So don't be afraid of Sam with you and the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel, your Savior because you are precious in my eyes we were honored and I love you. I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life, something precious. Do you want to give up stuff to get back is use a metaphor there of a ransom, you know, I give up men for you to put in our terms. Think of it like a professional coach who is willing to trade several players office team to get this one of the player, but I know of at least one NBA coach who traded his entire starting lineup for one guy. How valuable is that one guy when you give up your five men you're starting lineup to get that one guy how valuable Isaiah is asking our you and I to God. When we think that he gave up, not man, but he gave up himself for us is he is pointing us not to give it a minute point is beyond that when he gave himself up and he says you understand what I want to do is to be tortured on the cross for you. I'm going to have my flesh ripped open by cat of nine tails so that is I'm going to be disemboweled in front of people and have nails in my hands and feet of a crown of thorns. My head spit in my face and not me and they're going to humiliate me and I'm going to go through with joy because I'm possessing you I'm to be rejected. I'm going to give it all up for you because I love you because you are precious to me.

See, when something is precious to you. You can tell how precious it is by how much you want to give up to get that one thing right there. Not many things in my life that I give up everything else in my life to obtain, but I can tell you one of my kids were in danger and I to give of the rest of my life to say that one kid I would do it because are precious to me what Isaiah same heavenly father looked at you and said you are precious to me and I will give it all up for you.

No wonder the apostle John says behold what manner of love the father has given us that we should be called the sons and daughters of God.

I want to be sacrilegious here and even debated when I use this but I think here of Liam Neeson memory taken using the basic gist is Liam's daughter gets kidnapped by the latest of the plover taken one taken trips to and will be the father taken for just so you know whether that's seen in the first one reads on the phone with the people who kidnapped his daughter remember this, I worked all week long on my Liam Neeson accent and the answer is nope. I'm not doing it right now you are and what you want for looking for a ransom I can tell you that I will have any money but I do have is a very particular set of skills skills I have acquired over a very long career skills that make me a nightmare for people like you if you let my daughter go now that will be the end of it I when I look for you.

I will not pursue you but if you don't I will look for you. I will find you and I will kill you. I'm sitting in a movie theater and I'm watching that and I'm thinking And I'm like Anyways, looks like not little and my dad but that's like God will Neeson is not my God.

But he's like God because that's what my heavenly father said about me. I'll go anywhere.

I'll give up anything because I'm going to get you back, so he says fear not, I am with you. I will bring my sons from afar and I'll go to the end of the earth to get my daughter back.

This is the God that you pray to this is a God that you say my daddy so yes I call him creator, because that's what he is.

I call him ruler, because that's what he is. I call him Savior because he saved me. I call him Gloria's call him holy. I call him wonderful.

But there is nothing that thrills my heart like when I call him daddy because when I understand that I don't need to be moved to pray to be compelled to pray my heart runs to the presence of the father.

When I have a brother I need when I'm when I'm hurting.

Where else would I go then into the presence of that one whom I called daddy and when you get that not only to sit here and yell at you about it. I don't need to teach you discipline yourself to do it naturally as you start to say with the hymn writer, what a friend we have in Jesus all our sins agrees to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer suite our prayers with our prayer that calls me from a lot of care bit me on my father's throne makes all my wants and wishes known to get the fatherhood of God. Prayer become something you don't have to do become something you want to do and get to do. Jesus points to a second attribute that teaches us to pray and that is his sovereignty his arm. Do you see there in the second phrase in verse 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. You see heaven or God has a will and prayer is asking God to accomplish that will on earth.

In prayer you are supposed to discern what God in heaven wants and asked for a really tight definition of prayer.

That's it. You discern what God in heaven wants and then you ask for it now. A lot of people struggle to pray because they figure love God has a will and God knows everything got it would change his mind is rare for actually changing anything and just so clear I redesign while you it is true God does know everything that a lot of verses I could share with you about the declares in Isaiah 46.

Then I make known the end from the beginning I was in the very beginning out Indian there's nothing that surprises me. There is nothing low in Tutankhamen, from ancient times I may know what is still to come. I say my purpose will stand and I will do all that I please my journal purposes will be accomplished. There is not a thing in my heart that I plan on doing that I'm not going to do. Numbers 2319 Moses said, God's not a man that he would change his mind. God is a learn new information to change the scenario God knew it all for the beginnings of God.

Amanda changes his mind. So what good is prayer you ask is asking God to do things, but answer that question with a story in Exodus 32 Moses is pleading with God to not destroy the children of Israel. Sears is a story of what happened on Moses going up in the Mount Sinai to get the 10 Commandments he's hopeful a bit longer than the chill little body should've been gone so because Moses was like a parent as a way to a party they make a gold statue they drink, they get drunk they dance on the statue have sex with each other on this is a frat party in the Bible is called Franklin Street. That's what you know over Exodus 32 in my Bible right so God says to Moses Exodus 32 seven go down get out this mountain go down. What's this for your people whose people your people. Moses, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt. Moses, your people corrupted themselves. Let me alone that my wrath may burn hot against them, and I may consume them, and Moses, I will make of you a great nation. Verse 11 but Moses implored the Lord his God and said, oh Lord, why does your rat burn hot against your people whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, who brought about Moses or God's usual argument going on here.

You brought them up God with great power with a mighty hand. Why would the Egyptians say what you intended to bring about that to kill him in the mountains God turn from your burning anger is an imperative. That's a bold statement made to God and relent.

By the way, the actually reward their needs.

Repent, you relent from this disaster against your people.

Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel, your servants, you swore by your own self. You said to them, God's guidance that you said it, I will multiply your offspring like the stars of heaven and all this land I promised I give you all think they will inherit it forever. Verse 14 and the Lord relented. Again, the translation little, he says, repented from the disaster that he is spoken of bringing on his people. This is got to be one of the hardest passages to understand is not Moses's persuasion leads God to repent God changed his mind. They did did did did Moses point out something God got a forgotten that he wasn't here. I got had a bad day did not get a good night sleep not done is quite on the morning what's going on here.

What what what about all that I know the end from the beginning on the Lord. I think not stuff.

The irony.

The irony is that thing about this God's wonderful Moses go down most I know what is going on God was of their mother's cousin was go down.

What's this God puts Moses in a place that he was see the problem perceive God's anger. Remember the promise and petition God to change and is not, is it not ironic that the very thing that Moses uses to change God's mind is God's own promise was a God.

This is what you said you can go back on it. My friend David Platt says that it is true that the purposes of daughter and changing but it is also true that the plan of God. From our perspective is unfolding and we know that God puts us in places to claim his unchanging promises, so that we can change the destiny of situations because God has hardwired the universe to run on prayer. So my friend David says when we pray we take our God-given place and use our God ordained privilege to participate with him in the accomplishment of his purposes on the planet, so I want you to think long and deeply about this. Just like Moses, you and I are sovereignly putting the places by the design of God. To claim the promises of God, have other people just like Moses he seems you down into a situation he put you into that family. He put you into that dormer. He put you into that community put you in that workplace. He put you in that dysfunctional circle that you're in the porch to the bear and said I put you there to see the situation to perceive my promise and then believe me on behalf of it and thereby release my viewing the situation is that not empowering you are where you are by the design of God call for the promises of God are there because God intended you to be there to ask him to release his power. That's why we pray when we pray we say Lord, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth like I perceive it to be desired in heaven we perceive what what what God wants, just like Moses did, and we ask and where. Where do we learn what heaven wants what you are what heaven wants, just like Moses you learned from God's word is either a 3000 promises of God in Scripture 3000, that's what I've told you don't just read your way to Scripture. Pray your way through it. The bottles on a collection of facts about God. He wants you to learn about the promises he want you to believe because the prayers are most effective.

Before the throne of God are the ones that start in the word of God, which is why want to know the Bible not so I can beat somebody else at Bible trivia. I want to know what is on 130-100-3000 promises that I don't believe and release in the place of God is given me to live and serve. So, as a father I say, God, you sit me down and his family to Proverbs 20 verse seven the children of the right, just for you. Bless like their father God I believe you said that I believe you're going to bless my children. With the blessing you given to me, which is to know you and to love you got a believe in that promise for my four kids. Secondly to bring on the Lord is not willing that any should perish, but also come repent.I want that to be true in Raleigh-Durham so got him in a believe and asked that you'll save a lot of people in our community. That's what you promise some two-way ask of me, I will give you the nations as your inheritance, run a wire church is a vision of planning a thousand searches is not his were ambitious and we want to do a franchise is because we believe song 28. We think I want to do it to us. Why don't you do it through eyes that this is who you are and this is why were here maybe you put us here to see you last week and asked that I told you before that one of the saddest verses in all the New Testament to me is Matthew 1358 many mighty works. Jesus did not do in Nazareth because of their unbelief. Jesus was there. Gordon was there. He wanted to do something you knew anything, but it was nobody there to believe everything you think about and not be true of my family to be true.

My turtle cannot be true of our community that had not been true. My generation that many mighty works.

Jesus wanted to do with it, which is nobody there to stand there in the place of Moses to God I'm sovereignly placed her to believe you and release your promise in the situation do not get all messed up in the sovereignty of God that even modest alumni office and become explored your mind. Think about the promises of God like person. I'm told you what is the well is think about it just God, no, another day that you.your paradigm yes it does hold some of the non-you as you pointed that day. Yes yes like anything you do change that no I know what you are using the what you not texting and driving. What you not rather total electric currents.

What you eat to live, what happens if you donate it on if you don't eat and then you die that day that God is preordained.

I would ask questions and just the nine biggest eating is the preordained way to God is a term of the living. Prayer is the preordained way that God has appointed for the execution of his will and power on earth to quit asking stupid questions and just pray because prayer is the means the conduit by which God releases his power in your life, your family or community to rise up and pray to go hurt me. Our prayers become less about duty and more of a privilege here listening to Summit life with pastor JD Greer to listen again or to catch up on previous messages in a series called start. Visit us so pastor JD for the last several weeks we've emphasized solid gospel foundation.

Why is it so important to spend time building that base well what you see is that it's a solid foundation vertically, that enables you to thrive in your relationships horizontally and it's the deeper you go in the grace of the gospel. The more you understand what your life is supposed to be like, whether talking about how to relate to your children to your spouse to friends to people that are in opposition to you or how you can relate to your own your own sinful flesh.

So what we did is we created a resource called start. It's just the foundation of the Christian faith. It's a fun interactive experience to help you know God help you master some of the basics. I think it's laid out very simply, that's a big value of ours that you could just go through it yourself and remind you some of the basics are you can take a friend through it.

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