Prayer Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

These are the notes for tonight's sermon on prayer.

When Jehovah Saviour (the ONLY Saviour) took it upon Himself to come
to earth in human form to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice and to
set a perfect example for us to follow; he spent much time in his
flesh praying to His Spirit.

I Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory.

When Jehovah came in the flesh, he really came in flesh that
was "carnal" and "killable". His suffering on earth and on the cross
was REAL. He really did become FLESH. He had to keep his flesh in
subjection just as any other man. In his flesh, He prayed to His

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin.

Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up
into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

* The apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and Jesus
answered them

with a pattern or "format" for prayer, a manner of prayer. *

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art
in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Notice that the first part of the prayer acknowledges God, and places
GREAT significance on His NAME. (His name is Jesus). Those that have
denied His name by refusing it in baptism, or by whatever other
method need not continue with this prayer, since they have rejected
His name. It is brazen hypocrisy for a trinitarian to
pray the Lord's prayer.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is]
in heaven.

* His earthly kingdom is now "in the Holy Ghost"

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

* Then a prayer that His will be done in earth (we are made of
earth), notice 'IN' earth. *

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

* Then after all that, we bring our personal physical needs to Him *

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

* Then a little soul searching. *

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for
ever. Amen.

* Of course, to pray to be "not lead into temptation" and "delivered
from evil" and then to sit and watch a television or movie is the
epitome of sham and hypocrisy. *

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye
be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full
of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how
great [is] that darkness!

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you:
Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will
your Father forgive your trespasses.

* Then a clear admonition from the Lord. *

There is a pattern to the "Lord's prayer". We must first acknowledge
Him as the Father, we then reverence His NAME. Then we pray for His
kingdom to be manifest, and His will to be done. We do all that
before we even arrive at "presenting our needs".

Pastor Winter