TUTTLE SERMON - February 23rd, 2020

 
Every Sunday, countless voices recite the Lord’s prayer.  I wonder how many pause to consider what they are actually saying.  This morning, I would like to take some time to reflect on the Lord’s prayer.   
Before we start, let’s be clear.  Salvation is in a person, not a prayer.  No prayer can save you.  No sacrament can save you.  
Galatians 2:16  knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus.
Salvation is not in a prayer, but through faith in Jesus Christ.  So, if prayer does not save, then why do we do it?  How do we do it?  What should we say?  
I recently heard a sermon by Bill Randles on the Lord’s Prayer and it caught me off guard.  I thought I knew the Lord’s Prayer.  Well, I knew the words to it and I knew a lot of things about it 
But, Bill Randles showed me that I did not really know the Lord’s Prayer.  His sermon led me to seek fellowship with my heavenly Father through the Lord’s Prayer.  
It is hard to put what I have learned and experienced into words, but I will try my best to share what I have with you.  This sermon is certainly not the end of my journey.  Rather, it is just the beginning.  
I hope what I say gives you encouragement.  I hope it leads you to a deeper relationship with your heavenly Father.  That said, let us begin.  Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 6:5-13.
Matthew 6:5-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
 
Tuttle Comment:  Now let us look at what Jesus said verse by verse.
 
Matthew 6:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 
Tuttle Comment:  Jesus said when you pray, not if you pray.  He assumes that His followers are praying.  He warns us against praying like the hypocrites.  Yep, they pray.  Just because you pray does not mean you are righteous.  
Jesus said the hypocrites put on a show for others to see.  They stand in pride instead of kneeling in humility.  They pray where the most people can see them.  
Jesus says that they already have their reward.  If I pray to be seen and admired by men, then the only praise I will receive is from men and not God.
Matthew 6:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Tuttle Comment:  Notice what Jesus says.  But you….He is speaking to you as an individual.  You must go into your inner room...Get alone.  Get away from everyone.  Get away from your technology.  Get away from the distractions.  Hide if you have to.  
That’s where God will meet with you if you want to know Him personally.  Then you can tell Him secrets you would never share with anyone else.  If you make time to be alone in secret with God you will be rewarded.  
What is the reward?  Fellowship.  A deeply personal relationship between you and your Creator.  A relationship you can only experience alone with God.
 
Matthew 6:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
 
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
Tuttle Comment:  We do not summon God.  Through His Holy Spirit we are called to pray.  God wants to be with us so we don’t have to chant words over and over again to try to convince Him to show up.  He’s already there.  He’s already here.  
 
Matthew 6:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Tuttle Comment:  Our God is not like the false gods of this world.  Our God is personal and caring.  He knows us. He knows our deepest need. He wants fellowship with us.  
When I was going through the pain of divorce I began to see that when I prayed, I did not have to convince God to be good.  I didn’t have to bargain with Him.  That knowledge changed my prayer life as I began to trust in the goodness of Almighty God.  
Matthew 6:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Tuttle Comment:  Jesus told us to call Almighty God our Father.  Not God.  Not His Father.  Our Father.  In these two words, Jesus is sharing His Sonship with those who believe in Him.  

This prayer is only for children of God.  You cannot say this unless God is truly your heavenly Father.  He cannot be your heavenly Father unless you go to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.  

If God is not your Father then I caution you on saying this prayer.  A non believer saying this prayer is condemning himself by calling God his Father when he is not.  If you have rejected the salvation that is in Christ Jesus then this prayer is not for you.  

When our church family takes communion our pastor explains that it is only for believers in Christ Jesus and to do so in unbelief is an insult to God.  Communion is where we remember what Jesus did to save us.  It does not save us just like the Lord’s Prayer does not save us.

Communion and prayer outflow from our hearts when we have the Holy Spirit of God and by Him we cry Abba Father.  Salvation comes first, then comes the other things.  Putting prayer and communion before salvation bypasses faith in Jesus Christ and will only lead to death and destruction.

Our Father.  If you know in your heart that God is not your Father, are you willing to cry out to Him?  Are you willing to grieve over your alienation from your creator?  He wants you to be His child.  He wants to know you.  But you cannot get there without His Son, Jesus Christ.  

The good news is if you will call out to Him He will answer.  

Romans 10:9  If we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved.

Before I go on, if God is speaking to you right now about salvation in Jesus Christ just raise your hand and our pastor will meet with you.  This might be your only chance.  I know how scary it is to admit your need, but believe me.  It is so worth it.  I’m so glad I answered His call.  


I spent a lot of time on the our Father part because Jesus is the only way to the Father.  Let’s go on.

Our Father who is in heaven.  Prayer is first and foremost the creature looking up to the creator.  Almighty God is in heaven and we are on the earth.  
Almighty God is above all things.  He made us.  When I pray, I need to remind myself of who and where Almighty God is.  

Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.  Hallowed means to be holy, sacred, and revered.  Do I care about His Name?  His Name is High and lifted up.  

At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord.  Here is the deep water.  When I pray to my heavenly Father I am also praying to Jesus Christ.  

I still don’t understand it but God’s Word says in Isaiah that Jesus will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  Hallowed be Your Name!

I must never profane it.  OMG is a sin against His sacred Name.  His Name is above all names.  His name is to be feared in reverence.   In prayer, I rightfully submit myself to His Name.  I place His Name above my name.

Matthew 6:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10  ‘Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Tuttle Comment:  Your kingdom come.  God is our Father, but it is His Kingdom.  All other kingdoms must fall.  My kingdom must fall.  Your kingdom come.  
I cannot make a name for myself and build up my kingdom and at the same time ask for the kingdom of God to come.  There can be only one king and one kingdom.  When I pray Your Kingdom come, I am rightly placing myself under the authority of the King of kings and Lord of lords.  

Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  When Jesus, the true King of this world, establishes His Kingdom on earth, all things will be made right.  The world will be full of the knowledge of God.  The will of God will be carried out on earth just like it is presently done in heaven.  

No more death.  If I am a believer in Christ, then I should long for His Kingdom.  I should join with all creation and groan with longing for the Kingdom of Christ to come to earth.  God alone will do it according to His plan, His timing, and His purpose.  


Matthew 6:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11  ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
Tuttle Comment:  The same Creator God is also the Provider.  Prayer puts us back in our proper state of humility, reverence, fear and awe.  Knowing that I can do nothing on my own.  Knowing that I cannot provide for myself or anyone else.  Knowing that God is the only one who can give me the bread I need to live.  

Daily I receive all my spiritual needs in Christ Jesus. By faith I trust in him to provide.  Daily I receive all of my physical needs in Christ Jesus.  By faith, I trust in Him to provide.  

He gives us what we need one day at a time. In prayer, I submit myself to His daily provision and trust that it will be enough to meet my needs.

Matthew 6:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12  ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Tuttle Comment:  Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed me white as snow.  I forgive others because I have been forgiven.  
If I am unwilling to forgive others then my heart is proud and there is no forgiveness for me.  When I pray for forgiveness, I am submitting all my rights and privileges to the justice and mercy of Almighty God.  

Matthew 6:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
Tuttle Comment:  Lead us not into temptation.  Inside each one of us lurks the potential for any sin.  In prayer, we humbly ask our Father to lead us away from temptation because we know we will give into it if we face it alone.
Deliver us from evil.  God alone is the provider, forgiver, leader, and deliverer.  I dare not face temptation on my own and I dare not face evil on my own.  In prayer, I humbly seek my deliverer.
 
For Yours is the Kingdom.  God is our Father, but the Kingdom is His.  Yours is the power.  We have no power on our own.  The power is His.  Yours is the glory.  We have no glory on our own.  The glory is His.  Forever.  
We cannot add or take away from the Kingdom, power, and glory of God.  They are His forever.  

Amen.  The matter is settled.  It is finished.  The beginning and end of all things are in Jesus Christ.  I can’t say this prayer without Jesus.  It’s all about Him.  He alone is the provider, forgiver, leader, deliverer.  Amen.

This is my sermon for today.  There is so much more for me to learn.  I preach this sermon to myself.  In working it out, God has been working on me.  His Word says better than I.  

Matthew 6:5-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’


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