When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, they indicate for us that prayer does not come easily or automatically. Spiritual disciplines are learned.
Sermon: Deliver Us from Evil (Seventh Petition)
Text: Matthew 6:13b
Focus: Jesus rescued us from sin, death, and the power of the devil by his death on the cross.
Function: That they would trust and follow Jesus to the cross of Calvary.
Focus Statement: God tempts no one.
Function Statement: That they would take courage by Jesus overcoming temptation for us.
Doctrinal Locus: “God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice…” (SC, 6th Petition).
Sermon: Forgive Us Our Debts (Fifth Petition)
Text: Matthew 6:12; Philippians 2:5-11; John 12:12-19
Focus Statement: God forgives our sins for Christ’s sake, even though we don’t deserve grace.
Function Statement: That they would forgive one another’s sins out of thanksgiving to Christ.
Sermon: “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”
Text: Matthew 6:11
Focus: God provides for all needs of our physical bodies.
Function: That they would trust God’s generous, fatherly care.
Sermon: “Your Will Be Done”
Text: Matthew 6:10b
Focus: God has a good plan and purpose for our lives.
Function: That they would trust God’s direction and provident care.
Sermon: “Your Kingdom Come”
Text: Matthew 6:10a
Focus: Christ’s kingdom is not of this world.
Function: That they would live in hope of the coming kingdom.
Sermon: “Our Father in Heaven”
Text: Matthew 6:9a
Focus: God is our loving Father who delights in us.
Function: That they would pray with boldness and confidence.
Sermon: How Not to Pray
Text: Matthew 6:5-8
Focus: God promises to hear and answer our prayers.
Function: That they would not be bombastic or showy in their prayers.