Summary of the Sermon by Bishop Melter Tais, Sunday, 4 August 2019
Matthew 6:9 This then is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name
Matthew 6:10 Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Matthew 6:11 Give us today our daily bread
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us for our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
Mathew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
In a few verses before the LORD’s prayers, the Bible tells us to pray in our room, close our room door and pray to our Father, who is in the secret place. Prayer is not for show, it is the Father who sees it and then rewards us. Even before we open our mouth, our Father knows already. Jesus taught His disciples the Kingdom Prayer. Prayer is a relationship between our Father in heaven and us, His children. We call Him Father, our prayer is directed through Jesus Christ. We pray to our Father in Heaven who loves us so much that we are called: “Children of God” (1 John 3:10). How should we pray? The prayer that our Father teaches us, is a prayer that is focused on the Kingdom of God, not on ourselves.
A prayer-less life, is akin to lifeless living. A prayer-less ministry is a powerless ministry. Prayer is a relationship, not a ritual to our Father in Heaven. So what do we pray for?
The Kingdom of God is where He enthrones and reigns. Where does Jesus reigns? He rules in our life, in our family’s life, in the hearts of every individual, and in our community.
How can we hasten the coming of God’s kingdom? This leads us to the unfinished task of the church. This task of the church is Mission and Evangelism - the Great commission; it is an imperative command, not a choice - that we must obey. Our Father’s agenda must be our agenda, bringing souls into the eternal kingdom of God. We are called to do this task as children of God: to share the good news that Jesus is our Savior (Matthew 24:14) And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony for all the whole nations and then the end shall come. False prophets, earthquake, famine, wars are only the beginning of the signs of the end times.
We also need to pray for God’s will to be done as it is in Heaven, not our will. How is Heaven like? What is the Kingdom of God like? (Romans 14:17) For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Today we are facing “counterfeit information”, that is being disseminated by the devil. There is no truth apart from Jesus, for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We want His righteousness, peace and joy to rule in our life, our family’s lives, our community and our nations on earth, as it is in Heaven.
(Matthew 6:33) But seek ye first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given unto you as well.
In order to have God’s will be done, we need to first put the kingdom of God as our first priority. While it is true that we need the basic necessities such as food and shelter, we still need to prioritise correctly.
When we have a need, we should come to our Father immediately, for the righteous shall live by faith. (Matthew 4:4) Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We need to be filled with God’s word daily, for our spiritual replenishment.
Everyday, we sin against God - both knowingly and unknowingly. We also need to forgive those who have wronged us.
How can we avoid temptation, whenever we face one? Everyday we encounter temptations. Temptation is not a sin but when we give in to temptation and fall into it, we sin against God. Therefore, we need to pray in order to be delivered from temptation. The devil waits for the best time for Jesus to be tempted, according to accounts of Luke from the Bible.
Our Father is the King of the Kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Savior. And we need to pray every day, in order for His Kingdom will be evident in our daily living. The Lord’s prayer is the summation of the whole Gospel, and it is the prayer taught by our Father Himself. He teaches us the goal of prayer, the meaning of prayer and it is a perfect model of The Kingdom’s prayer.