Lord’s Prayer notes #8: For thine is the kingdom…

Following are the rough teacher’s notes from week 6 of a recent eight-week adult Sunday School series on the Lord’s Prayer. See also week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 7, and week 8.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever, amen.”

1. Introduction

Now the Lord teaches us to bring our prayers to a close.
– Don’t go on and on like the heathen (the Lord knows what you need before you ask)
– “Pray like this” (review the six petitions)
“Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness…”

2. Argument in prayer

God teaches us that it is good and proper to make a case
– how does this fit in with God’s will?

Having the honor of God in mind
how His name is not being hallowed
how this is part of His kingdom coming
Psalm 115:1-2

2.1. Examples in Scripture

Entreaty
Moses – golden calf (Exodus 32:9-14)

Praise
Moses – horse and rider (Ex 15:1,11)
Hannah – son (1 Sam 2:1-3)

Confession
Ezra 9:1-15
Daniel 9:1-5,15-19

Imprecation
Psalm 109:1-10
– Why destruction of evil? That God’s Word may be honored, that He may be not mocked but glorified in the world—that His name be hallowed

2.2. Making an argument for why God should answer our prayer teaches us to…

2.2.1. …Know God’s will

  • We’re arguing from His will
  • Drives us to study and know His will
  • Honors God like it honors us for our wives to make an argument from our will
  • You said you wanted to have people over more…
  • Take a vacation this year…
  • Start saving for…
  • Our changing purpose (as husbands) vs. God’s unchanging purpose

2.2.2. …Think according to God’s will (and exposes our bad motives)

James 4:3 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures”
Why do I want you to answer this prayer? Because I don’t want to have to be patient. That’s all, so just answer it!

  • Danger: Admitting without repenting
  • Women (blaming): I know have a lot going on (God has given me too much to do)
  • Men (“honest” but stubborn): This is the way I want to be, I ain’t forgivin’ him, sorry God but bless it. (Country music) (honesty without a desire for holiness)
    “Even the demons believe–and tremble!”

2.2.3. …Have confidence in God’s will

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” – 1 John 5:14

2.2.4. …Love God’s will

Psalm 119:9-16

Make it so, Lord!

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