Ps Clinton Phillips 1st June 2014 (Matthew 6:5-13, Exodus 3:13-15, Exodus 34:5-7, Exodus 6:1-2, Exodus 20:24)

Clinton Phillips, June 1, 2014
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Communication with God is of vital importance. Shift away from systems of prayer. Part of faith in God is to trust him with your baggage. There are things that you are facing that are designed for you to face, not to carry but to hand it over to him.
God reveal yourself to me! When it comes to pray, we often start to speak but our mind is not engaging with God.
Atmosphere vs routine of prayer
Matthew 6:5-13. There is a reward in prayer. Paleo = picture words. Every letter had a picture attached to it. Father = paternal, means supplier, originator of everything. Picture of a harvest, one who harvests in order to supply it. He's the one who has infused his own spirit into us and controls.
In our nature we don't like to be controlled - it's in our nature. When it comes to our Heavenly Father, he's the best person to come to and be under. He knows our purpose and our outcome. Part of choosing God to be our Lord is to let him be in control.
vs 6. What is the thing that you focus on in secret? The principle here is whatever happens in secret comes out into the open. What we do in secret He will reward openly. Are you insecure in secret? Harbouring Bitterness? God says "I'm your father, give me your baggage, I'm going to supply your needs". Whatever you're dealing wtih in secret, God will reward openly.
vs 7,8. Your father. Our father = father of everything. But here, Jesus is saying "your father". Your Father knows the things that you ask for. Picture of God become your father, your supplier, the one who is control of your world. Coming to an intimate place with God.
For those who don't have a good earthly father model - Turn that picture around - God is our father.
vs 9-13. I am a God who is close to you. The name of God - this father God, is inviting us to come close. A God of intimacy, you don't have to prove yourself every time you come to him.
When we hear that from God, we know we are not alone, we don't have to carry that burden...
Ex 3:13-15. God says "I am who I am". "I AM sent me to you". What God was establishing that God was Jehovah The Lord. God reveals his name as El Shaddai - God almighty. God of all might. Nurturing. But now the God of covenant
Ex 34:5-7. The 10 Commandments. When God speaks to moses here, He begins to reveal more aspects of himself.
Ex 6:1-2. God spoke to moses and said "I am the LORD". I am Jehovah. Almighty Lord.
Ex 20:24. In every place where I record my name, I'll be there myself and bless you. 10000 reasons - "bless The Lord o my soul, worship his holy name". The names of God. In every place where I record my name, I will come to you and bless you.
What is the attribute of God's name that you need in your life today? Bless = to finish, to call to complete.
Build that atmosphere of prayer in your life. Don't just perform in front of people without building something in secret. What you're building in the secret place overflows into public life.
Psalm 100


About Clinton Phillips: Pastor of C3 Langford
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Matthew 6:5-13

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into 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.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Exodus 3:13-15

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. (ESV)

Exodus 34:5-7

The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (ESV)

Exodus 6:1-2

6:1 But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. (ESV)

Exodus 20:24

24 An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you. (ESV)

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