Connecting with God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 3
“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 (NIV)
“Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small. They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied.” Psalm 104:25-28 (NLT)
“Hard work pays off, mere talk puts no bread on the table.” Proverbs 14:23 (Msg)
“But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4 (NLT)
“He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” Luke 22:19 (NLT)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DEPEND ON GOD?
4 TRUTHS TO REMEMBER
“GIVE us this day our daily bread.”
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17 (NLT)
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:9-11 (NLT)
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (NLT)
Connecting With God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2
SOURCES OF STRESS
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
SURRENDERING TO JESUS MEANS...
“Let go, and know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (GW)
“If a person’s thinking is controlled by his sinful self, then there is death. But if his thinking is controlled by the Spirit, then there is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (ICB)
“…I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens … I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NCV)
“Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7a (GW)
“…Give yourselves to God... surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6:13 (TEV)
“God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
“The Lord takes care of those who obey him, and gives them eternal rewards that last forever. They will survive through hard times and will have more than enough even in a time of famine.” Psalm 37:18-19 (TEV)
Jesus: “…You must give up everything you have to be my follower.” Luke 14:33 (NCV)
“But let me assure you that no one has ever given up anything…for love of me and to tell others the Good News, who won’t be given back, a hundred times over… and in the world to come he shall have eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 (TLB)
Connecting With God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 1
“This is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
WE CAN CONNECT WITH GOD BECAUSE...
1. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who honor Him…” Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you!” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? …or what shall we wear?’… Your heavenly Father knows you need these things.” Matthew 6:31-32 (NIV)
2. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“Every good and perfect gift … is from the Father … who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)
“Even if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)
“…God will never go back on his promises.” Romans 11:29 (TLB)
“My God is changeless in his love for me…” Psalm 59:10 (TLB)
3. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“God did this so people would … reach out for Him and find Him, since He is not far from each of us.” Acts 17:27 (NIV)
4. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (NIV)
“(God) is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes!” Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)
GOD SENT JESUS TO MAKE THE CONNECTION:
“God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them to bring them together, by giving his life for all mankind.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (TLB)
“We are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.” Galatians 3:26 (TLB)
TO WIN THE INVISIBLE WAR I MUST…
THE 6 PIECES OF SPIRITUAL ARMOR
“So stand ready, with the Belt of Truth tight around your waist…” Ephesians 6:14a
“…with the Breastplate of Righteousness protecting your chest.” Ephesians 6:14b
“On your feet wear the Shoes of Good News, prepared to share the Gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15
“At all times carry the Shield of Faith; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One.” Ephesians 6:16
“Put on the Helmet of Salvation...” Ephesians 6:17a
“…and take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17