Though we are assured of God’s provision through this promise, we must still ask for what we need. So, after considering the things of God's glory, kingdom, and will, we are to pray for the four areas of personal need; bread for our body and soul, forgiveness which should produce a forgiving spirit in us, not being led into temptation, and deliverance from evil. On our program today, we’ll concentrate on the first need defined in the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread’. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye, so stay tuned.
Jesus said we’re to pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth and then defined how it can be accomplished in the rest of the phrase – ‘as it is in heaven’. How IS His will carried out in heaven?’ One word sums it up – perfectly! It’s only natural, therefore, in the progression of the prayer, that we be concerned about what God is concerned about – His WILL being done on earth. This is the topic of our study today.
Jesus Christ displayed his amazing love for us when He gave up His life so we could become part of His family and His Kingdom. The next part of the Model prayer we’ll address is the phrase ‘Thy Kingdom come’. But first, let’s listen to a song about this amazing love
There are hundreds of Names for the Lord God in the Bible. Each one reflects a different aspect of His Nature and provision for us. God requires that we use His Name when we pray. On our program today we’ll look at the phrase, ‘Hallowed be Your Name’, in the model prayer Jesus gave us to follow, and see how we can best honor God through the use of His Name.
We believe in the NAME of the Lord because it represents all that He is - His character and nature - and the honor due Him for it. No one can come to God, the Father, except by believing that Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sin. We don’t even have faith enough to believe on our own. Jesus, the author of faith, gives it to us if we are but WILLING to believe and ask Him for it. As we continue our study of the model prayer, we’ll look into why Jesus said we should acknowledge where God resides when we speak with Him.
We’ve been studying the Model Prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray and focusing in on why we address God as Father. The word ‘Father’, is defined as nourisher, protector, and upholder. God, our Father, is all that, and more, to us - His children. But, are we ALL God’s children? Does everyone have the right to call Him, Father? This is the topic of this program. Be prepared to write down all the Scripture references as you listen. You’ll want to review them afterward.
Though there are requirements for proper prayer, keep in mind, that as a Believer in Christ, we are free to come to God and bear our soul because though He is our Maker and King, He is also our FATHER. Prayer is a conversation between two people who love one another – between two hearts united in one through Christ. Before we begin our study, let’s listen to a song about how awesome it is to be a child of the King of Kings.
In Hebrews 1 verse 2 says 'In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by HIS SON, whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe.' It’s clear through this verse that if we really desire to know God NOWADAYS, we need to learn how to communicate with Him through studying the words of Jesus, His Son. Jesus’ instruction to His disciples, commonly referred to as ‘The Lord’s prayer’, is a simplistic model, which contains all the essential elements for an effective prayer. Over the next several programs, we’ll delve into each phrase, explore its meaning and see how it relates to us today.
In times of distress we often quote Romans 8:28 which says that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose. But often this verse offers little consolation when WE can’t figure out how it could possibly be beneficial. On our program today, our host, Barbara Sandbek shares just such a situation and shows us that there ARE lessons to be learned if we look for them.
Faithfulness…what does it mean? Webster defines it as loyal. And ‘loyal’ is defined as faithful to a trust or confidence – true to duty or love. Is that the definition you had in mind? On this Grace Notes program, Barbara begins a new series which will take us on a journey with the prophet Elijah. We’ll see how God worked THROUGH Elijah to demonstrate His faithfulness to His people, Israel, despite their unfaithfulness. We’ll also see how God worked IN Elijah to groom him to truly be a man for the times. So, buckle your seat belts, and get ready to roll with the prophet of old.
After meditating on God’s faithfulness, David was persuaded that God would continue His favor toward him, so he wrote… ”Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Let’s listen in now as Barbara dissects this phrase for us.
A father’s job is to GUIDE his children into what God has for THEM to do, not do it for them. In other words, he should be their coach, and teach THEM how to win. Today on Grace Notes, our host Barbara Sandbek will share some thoughts on what it takes to be a good father.
On our last program, Barbara Sandbek began a new series on Elijah, a man for the times. The ungodly King, Ahab, had led them into Baal worship. In an effort to steer His people back to Him, God withdrew His hand of blessing so they would appreciate what He had done for them. God chose the prophet, Elijah, to tell the king that there would be no dew or rain until he said so. Then he told Elijah to go and hide, and He’d supply his needs through a brook and a raven. God kept His promise, and then began to groom Elijah’s faith for an even tougher task ahead. Let’s continue now, and see how Elijah handled his isolation and humbling conditions.
In Old Testament times, to eat and drink at someone’s table created a bond of loyalty. This scene is not simply of a host and a guest, but rather of two friends. The Psalmist David needed a loyal friend. He found this and more at the Lord’s table. Under God’s protection and power, he could feast in safety and security though surrounded by his enemies. One commentary wrote that this could also be interpreted as that of a victory feast, where David celebrated, as his defeated, unarmed enemies looked on. Regardless of the meaning, David’s enemies couldn’t harm him because the Lord was on his side. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will show how we, too, can feast comfortably in the middle of a crisis because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.