June 14, 2020
Pastor Ricky Smith
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
I. We Are Family
II. A Real Good Place to Start
“Father in heaven”
The character of our prayer depends on our concept of God.
A. The Father cares:
“your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
B. The Father is close:
“Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want”
“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
C. The Father calls
How you start shapes how you finish.
III. Someday You’ll Call My Name
“Hallowed be your name”
Holiness of His name:
1 Chronicles 16:10
1 Chronicles 29:16
How can we keep God’s name holy?
1. Recognize it as sacred.
2. Trust Him.
3. Respect His name
4. Choose Him over idols
- I put my trust in Jesus as my King for the first time.
- I choose to become part of this faith family. Sign me up for new members class.
- I commit to honor God’s name this week in my prayers and my choices.
- How does my view of God and His character impact my prayer life?
- How has idolatry crept into American culture, and how can that impact my prayer life?
- What is the difference between God as our Father and God as our Daddy?
- Share a story with the family of when parents made a hard decision that was best for the family. How does this model God’s love for us?
- Read Matthew 6:10 and discuss why it is hard to give up control of our lives and why it matters to submit to God’s plan.
- If the world says do what makes you happy but God desires us to please Him, how do we live in this tension?