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.
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5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)
13And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. (KJV)
5And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (KJV)
1Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. 2And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: (KJV)
24An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. (KJV)