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Prayer: The Breath and Lifeblood of the Christian and Christ's Church

Our Lord’s Instruction on Prayer Part 8

In this sermon, Pastor Jim moves on to the second of the petitions focused on us, the believer; the petition for the forgiveness of sins. He notes how it is connected to the previous petition through the only use of ‘and’ in the petitions. He then goes on to explore the conditional linkage between our forgiveness and our forgiveness of others, the two primary concepts of our forgiveness, and the attributes of God’s forgiveness that should be present in how we forgive others.

Our Lord’s Instruction on Prayer Part 7

Matthew 6:9-13 – Pray then like this:  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Conduct and characteristics:…

Our Lord’s Instruction on Prayer Part 6

In this sixth part of our Lord’s instruction on prayer, Pastor Jim outlines the implications of the third petition to God, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. This petition is explored in 3 ways: what is the definition of the will of God, how is the will of God done in heaven, and what are examples of His will for us on earth. Throughout the message, Pastor Jim explains the nuances between God’s absolute will (He is sovereign) and his revealed will (the part we understand and must follow). We assume responsibility of carrying out his will when we pray “Your will be done”, falling under obedience to his revealed will.