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The Program of Prayer

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November 22, 2020 7:00 am

The Program of Prayer

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November 22, 2020 7:00 am

The Bible tells us to bring our requests to the Lord. But in this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans will explain why those requests ought to have more to do with Gods agenda than our own. Find out why you might be missing the whole point of prayer and what you can do about it.

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What many Christians one is a Jack-in-the-Box that one winding up and watch it because of what they want. Dr. Tony Evans is God's response to a request depends more upon our connection cravings to skip the relationship, supply shall this is the alternative with Dr. Tony as a sponsor speaker, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative, the Bible tells us to bring a request to the Lord.

But today Dr. Evans explains why those requests are to have more to do with God's agenda than our own. Let's join him as he explains. We are defined as relational communication with God you not really talking to God talking to your father.

That's a relationship as a child would approach his father on her respect with clarity and honesty. God invites us to approach it. So when we have a long distance relationship with God. Because men are pursuing intimacy were just coming to him. Then that means that our prayer is not getting through, because we don't want him. We just want to use our father was operating in a whole different realm of art in heaven, I'm going to make a big deal about your name and actually been given the word to his great name in a relational conversation with him. The next part of the prayer says your kingdom come. I have a kingdom and so you your whole that that your kingdom that the place where you buy that is the place where your family lives is your kingdom.

My kingdom there is a welcome back.

You're welcome to my kingdom, but you need to know that when you step into my kingdom when I step into your kingdom. Referring to your home. I have to abide by the rules of your house is your house when I step into your kingdom or you step in the mine what my rules all must adjust to what your rules are going to be comfortable with you.

You will be comfortable with me. For example, if you smoke rules in my house is that you have to put out before you come in because the walls of the houses we don't allow smoking in all if you got your back pocket on Hennessey you got a leave that brownbag outside we don't allow hard liquor and mounts. If you are constantly using profanity. You gotta leave that class and I was because we don't accept profanity in my house, what you girlfriend a guy friend spent the night. You will be good UK shack in the house now to read all that is simple is mounts because the smiles, the fact that you can do it in your house or your friend's house your neighbors house parents house actually becomes irrelevant when you come into my kingdom called my hopes or if I come into your kingdom called the house because they are house rules governing guidelines of how you hold my home that is our kingdoms function that will be a clash if you will seek to impose your rules in my house or I seek to impose rules in your house God's so 103 verse 19 says that God's kingdom rules. Overall Psalm 145 verse 13 says God's kingdom has no minion forever first Chronicles 29 verse 11 and 12 says that God's kingdom rules rules. Overall, God has a house the world's kingdom involves all of creation.

God calls all of his creation. His house and you and I in his house and he has house rules, guidelines by which his house is design to operate one of the big problems we as parents have our teenagers want to bring that rules our data heard something from their friends in school.

They heard some about what other parents allow their friends to do what they want to bring that mess up, you have to inform you that their friends don't let me this is not in daycare bring the house rules of the folk and impose them in the house that you run because you have house rooms.

There is an opposing house out there called the world that system by Satan. That leaves God out and what Satan seeks to do is to get us to bring his rule into God's house that is to have a conflict of kingdom because whenever there opposing rule in the same house will be conflict. God is having a big problem with many of his kids because they want to bring the rules of the world and make them the house rules of the kingdom and God said those are not the rules of doubts. He begins the prayer relationally.

Our father who art in heaven now comes to the rules of the house so the whole point is to help pursue a relationship, and as you pursue the relationship to come under the rule, so it is a relationship that leaves you underneath the role someone relationship but don't understand the data come under the rule, someone to talk about the role don't want to pursue a relationship, you stop with our father. This is a relational situation but you come to the rule to the house rules just as parents must orient their children to the rules of the house. God must orient his children to the rules of his house and his house is all of creation. So when you may have in the rituals insist on our rules in God's house that is living our lives, we will be in conflict with the father. If we have a church and we want to have our rules for who we are we to operate and not operate back rules. Since this is house we go to be in conflict with a hint of the house when a nation wants to run its government on its own rules. When God established government because all creation runs underneath the head of the house then creation governments, communities, races, classes and cultures will be in conflict with the head of the house. So what we are experiencing today in all of those categories are people who want to save the words but not want to come under the rules of the house and so we find ourselves living in conflict with the head of the house what God is after is for us to understand the prayer. Let me say the prayer again. The prayer is your kingdom come. That is, I am now operating under your rule. Your authority in relationship I'm pursuing a relationship and at the same time coming underneath the rule of the house because kingdom God's will is comprehensive over all of his creation. What Christians want is a Jack-in-the-Box God they want to wind them up and watch them pop up because of what they want without understanding who the father is about, who art in heaven above all, what the father requires.

If you skip the relationship and refuse to come under the rule, don't be surprised if heaven doesn't show up because heaven has to show up in concert with the rules of the house so the reason you should be here today in church is to learn more about the rules and house and what the father has to say, so you can begin relationship can underneath alignment so that God is comfortable living in the same house with you now Jesus was asking John chapter 18 say John chapter 18 verses 3637 Pilate said are you looking and Jesus said you have said correctly. I am the king, but then went on to say, but my kingdom is not of this world, not words on the king but I'm not from down here on the king I'm from up there. My job is to bring up their down here. Jesus became a man.

God became a man in the second person of the Trinity to bring heaven down here. The point is that I will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So the whole point of the prayer is to take up and drive down here.

So Jesus says I am a king. But I'm not from here.

Therefore, if you break your kingdom come, but you not starting from up there, you start from down here to start in the wrong location. Your kingdom come, and Jesus as my kingdom is not of this world so you want to find out what's happening in the world, what the rules are in that world so you can print down in this world because of you trying to bring this world into that world operating in the wrong direction, my kingdom does not start in this world, my kingdom starts in that world.

Your kingdom come. So what you do understand is the concept of kingdom rules that govern the house.

The house is the kingdom, the comprehensive rule of God over all of its creation, the individual to family the church and the broader society including government, now that we understand the concept of kingdom. Just think about house with the conflicts in the house based on we not understand what qualifies you to pray that prayer, your kingdom come. You get into the kingdom by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Say John 33, Jesus told Nicodemus except you, be born again, you will not see the kingdom of God. You will not see the kingdom of God. So you enter the kingdom through conversion being born again become a Christian, but you only experience the kingdom.

When you become a disciple with indicate Satan is accepting Christ get you have but only by becoming a kingdom person.

Do you get heaven into history. If you are a Christian you gone heaven, but if you are not a full-time follower of Christ. You will see 70. The whole point of the prayer is to get heaven here and Dr. Evans will tell us more about the amazing things to come when he continues, just a moment first so I want to let you know that for a limited time where bundling all eight full-length messages from his current series, the Lord's prayer on both CD and digital download. Along with this popular book about living your life based on the 23rd Psalm God is more than enough. Both of these life-changing resources are yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help keep Tony's messages coming to this station and others like it around the world. Visit Tony right away to get the details and take advantage of this special offer before time runs out. The alternative is 100% listener supported broadcast so we depend completely on you to keep this important work going again that's Tony or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 never closes, so there's no need to wait that's 1-800-800-3222 repeat that information again after part two of today's lesson and this apprentice Dr. Tony Evans says Christians have a habit of under using overlooking our most value spiritual resource to an in-depth course on kingdom. Prayer Tony Evans training center you'll discover how God is why in the world to work like prayer experience for yourself how it connects heaven with her time with not only gain a new understanding and appreciation for prayer you'll actually pray in transporting waste never experienced before. The course is intense work through at your own pace and get all the help online form and course is custom content from Tony not available warehouse connect with the Tony Evans training center and Tony It's like having a seminary on your smart phone or other device.

Start today Tony Evans or we are looking forward to the day when Jesus Christ will physically leave heaven comes down to earth.

Go to Jerusalem set up his throne in Jerusalem, and from Israel. He will run the entire all of that is part of the kingdom that is to come.

Not yet kingdom that's called the move will of Christ. When Jesus Christ comes down and sets up his throne room for 1000 years in Jerusalem and he will run the whole earth. The Bible says he will run the earth with the rod of bonding taken.

It says that's when the sword will be be in the polish it all and that is in the kingdom to come when Jesus Christ comes back at his second coming. That's the not yet part when not there yet. He hasn't come back yet.

We were waiting for him now we are living today will living in the now. What we need is today, so that is the amount kingdom method not getting wife is now in the not yet kingdom where waiting for his physical return for his worldwide dictatorship, but now kingdom. He is rolling in heaven on the right-hand side of the father.

It is spiritual when it comes in the kingdom to come. He will rule physically in the now kingdom payroll spiritually.

He still rolls, but he got on earth he rose from habit now, the way he rose from heaven is through our communication system call prayer is that since I'm not there but I'm up here I want you to communicate with the father and I will be in touch with the father and to the degree that I see you are committed to me and my father's kingdom, which is my kingdom then I will move us spiritually from up there and I will give you support down here.

So what I'm going to physically in the not yet unwilling to do spiritually now in the suite by-and-by you will be able to come knocking on my door and we can discuss it physically but in the nasty here and now, when I'm not physically here with you. You can still be in touch with me and I can do things from up there.

Even though you don't see me and it affect you down here because I'm still in charge and my daddy still runs the King.

So now kingdom not not yet kingdom and him and now kingdom. God is still moving but it doesn't through a communication device and when you say your kingdom come, your say I am now willing to be under the authority of the King because guess what is your house. The Bible calls this discipleship. The Bible calls this discipleship. Another phrase that the Bible uses to describe this kingdom person is coming under the Lordship of Jesus Christ is a decision to be made the decision if you really want to pray that prayer and have a relationship.

And, the foreign that is the recognition that you are now in covenantal alignment underneath God we not going to church. This is a come the church because the tests of a church member or the building of the finances for the program. The ultimate test, this place for that GM is measured by one thing well because it caused coming out of that all the activity in GM is irrelevant.

Then I produce it because they just walking around talking and eating and joining children, twiddling know if there is no call, no matter how big the building is and if we are making disciples, we have failed because God is trying to make kingdom disciples not just accumulate church members.

He's trying to get people who live all of their lives consistently progressively knowingly under the Lordship kingdom under the rule of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ and that is what he is after. So God is the kingdom he has rule was supposedly churning out church members, but people who are progressively yes it happens over time with you more this year than last. More of you next year. It had a few this year. That decision has to be made and surrendered to the king who happens to be my dad that relationship also surrendered.

What happens now to understand house house have house rules that you understand that you have become under that came kingdom.

What can you expect.

Okay prayer by kingdom come, when he says, is now your praying to see some a coming that is an implementation kissing up there show up down here you see heaven visit earth eternity showing up in time.

He's talking to people already say they're on their way to heaven. We talk about the kingdom, now, what I'm dealing with now my pain now my sickness. Now, my finances mouth my relationship now feasting now you pray put the call not yet is going to come right now I'm living now.

Now I'm praying thy kingdom show up. Remember the word kingdom it means rule or authority. So you asking the invisible King and kingdom to show up for zip believe you want to see God's authority at work in your life so you can expect as you progressively as I progressively as we collectively progressively underneath the king and pray this prayer in relationship we getting closer to him coming under him, both at the same time, then the kingdom because the word means authority begins to that is you begin to see heaven show up in history, God's alone.

I thought a concept or philosophy is a living being who shows up Jesus told his disciples in Luke chapter 9 verse one to I'm giving the kingdom and with that I'm giving you authority.

Acts chapter 8 verses 12 and 13. It says and Philip was preaching the kingdom of God and miracle showed up. It's not just becoming a Christian is becoming a kingdom disciple as a Christian, and then you see presidency power given authority exercised all the rolling situations. You begin to see the king at Mark culture operating under the rules of the house begin to see authority because his kingdom has to rule his authority has to rain. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.

In fact, he told his disciples in Luke 22 verse 29. I share with you my authority I give you permission my heavenly throne is you cannot exercise legitimate authority over what you should be over unless you're willing to be under what God is put over you say that again you cannot exercise legitimate authority of what you should be over unless you're willing to probably be under what God has put over you. God is told why.

If you're not in legitimate submission to the general thought of your husband doesn't don't pray because God not God tells the husband in first Peter chapter 3 verse seven. If you won't legitimately come under my authority, and you won't treat your right. Don't try to me because I'm notů Because I can't help you to be over. If you're not willing to be under so the whole point is kingdom come, rules, and your first question should be what the rules of the house and got I will adjust my life to your rules because this is your house. Now you can pray our father to the one relationship, who art in heaven.

I know you located in the long distance but I will make a big deal about your name about a way, I need you to come down and help a brother out. I need you to come down here because I'm in need of something on earth that only heaven can fix now you got heaven's attention because he now knows that you're willing to place yourself authority, so this kingdom concept, the comprehensive will of God out of relationships of all of creation. You develop this mindset you growing this mindset will get to get forgiven, but when you don't have this mindset, forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors. We when you when you put this package of the Lord's prayer together you not just print appraisals and repeat after me. You now talking to authority now operating kingdom eyes you now taking the challenge of being able to operate under the will of God and see heaven in history so I just want to know if anybody needs a C7 in history. If anybody needs to see the father and work on earth that privileges that got me this kingdom because this is Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with the final story to wrap up today's message first so if you'd like to review today's lesson on your own or share it with someone else.

The title to ask about is the program of prayer, but it also comes bundled with seven other messages in Tony's current teaching series. The Lord's prayer and for a limited time where packaging the entire compilation on CDs and digital downloads.

Along with this popular book God is more than enough in making them all available to you is or thank you gift when you support Tony's ministry with the contribution you can get all the information on this limited time offer. Make your donation online and instantly download the messages in this or give us a phone call at 1-800-800-3222 our resource center is open 24 seven so there's no need to wait again, dial 1-800-800-3222 or go online to 2011' We often picture prayer is something we do with our head bowed our eyes closed and her hands neatly folded, but next time Dr. Evans says Jesus painted a very different picture with the Lord's prayer right now though he spent with this final illustration for today in the Olympics. When American was a gold medal.

They stand on the platform, but they will come and ask him what song do you want us to play because it was your favorite song they played the National Anthem May Pl., American song. You know what is that window is part of the kingdom. They represent the United States of America and even though they use their prowess. They belong to something bigger. Your unique God is giving you some gifts, times, talents, treasures, but he won't you please install the once you recognize this thing all about you. You belong to another kingdom.

And I want you to recognize that you represent me at work, at play represent the king and the kingdom your prayer is not my kingdom come, thy kingdom come when God sees that you want his kingdom then became what happens to be you would love to show you the vibraphone is the alternative with Dr. Tony have brought you by the is made possible by the generous contributions of listeners

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