THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-26-14

LESSON TITLE: “WHO DO WE PRAY TO?”

WELCOME

ANNOUNCER: TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

RAY: “IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!” THIS MORNING, IT IS BEFORE THIS AWESOME, GREAT AND MIGHTY GOD WHICH WE ASSEMBLE TO PRAISE, LAUD AND MAGNIFY HIS WONDROUS NAME! WILL YOU APPROACH HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE WITH ME IN PRAYER AT THIS TIME!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND HELP US THIS DAY TO DO ALL THE THINGS THAT WE DO ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT. AND FATHER, NOT ONLY GIVE US THE BLESSINGS OF THIS DAY BUT THE ETERNAL BLESSINGS OF THE LIFE TO COME WHEN WE ARE FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END TO THE GREAT GIFT AND GRACE AND LOVE OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

ONE OF THE GREATEST BLESSINGS WE HAVE FROM GOD IS THE COMMAND TO WORSHIP HIM. AND WHAT A WONDROUS OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO WORSHIP OUR GOD THROUGH THE AVENUE OF SONG. IT IS NOW TIME TO PRAISE OUR GOD WITH THE FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “SEND THE LIGHT!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

OH, HOW I LOVE THE SONG WE JUST SANG TOGETHER, FOR IT IS A GREAT CHALLENGE TO ALL OF US TO TAKE GOD’S WILL INTO A LOST AND DYING WORLD. AS WE KNOW THAT GOD IS THE LIGHT HIMSELF, WHAT A GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT IT IS TO KNOW THAT WE ARE LIGHTS IN GOD AS WELL. THEREFORE WE ARE COMMISSIONED AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT THE WORLD MIGHT KNOW GOD THROUGH US. IT’S ALSO GREAT TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE GOD’S HELP EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. HOWEVER, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE JOB BEFORE US IS AN EASY ONE OR THAT WE ARE NEVER GOING TO MESS UP!

THE REALITY IS WE ARE NOT PERFECT AND WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. IN FACT, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE CHRISTIANS WE STILL DO THINGS FROM TIME TO TIME WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF GOD. HOWEVER, THE WONDERFUL NEWS IS, IF WE ARE WILLING TO DO OUR BEST AND REMAIN PENITENT BEFORE OUR GOD, OF THOSE THINGS WE MESS UP IN HE WILL FORGIVE US AND LOVE US ANYWAY. AS LONG AS WE ARE WILLING TO REPENT AND CORRECT THOSE WRONGS THAT WE COMMIT AGAINST GOD AND OTHERS HE IS ALWAYS READY WITH OPEN ARMS TO RECEIVE US TO HIS SIDE.

I THINK THE MAN OF GOD KING DAVID, HAD THIS ALL FIGURED OUT, AS WE SEE CLARIFIED BY HIS THOUGHTS IN PSALM 51:1-7. THERE WE READ, “HAVE MERCY UPON ME, O GOD, ACCORDING TO YOUR LOVING KINDNESS; ACCORDING TO THE MULTITUDE OF YOUR TENDER MERCIES, BLOT OUT MY TRANSGRESSIONS. WASH ME THOROUGHLY FROM MY INIQUITY, AND CLEANSE ME FROM MY SIN. FOR I ACKNOWLEDGE MY TRANSGRESSIONS, AND MY SIN IS ALWAYS BEFORE ME. AGAINST YOU, YOU ONLY, HAVE I SINNED, AND DONE THIS EVIL IN YOUR SIGHT; THAT YOU MAY BE FOUND JUST WHEN YOU SPEAK, AND BLAMELESS WHEN YOU JUDGE. BEHOLD, I WAS BROUGHT FORTH IN INIQUITY, AND IN SIN MY MOTHER CONCEIVED ME. BEHOLD, YOU DESIRE TRUTH IN THE INWARD PARTS, AND IN THE HIDDEN PART YOU WILL MAKE ME TO KNOW WISDOM. PURGE ME WITH HYSSOP, AND I SHALL BE CLEAN; WASH ME, AND I SHALL BE WHITER THAN SNOW.” YES, HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO SERVE SUCH A LOVING AND FORGIVING GOD WHO WILL ACCEPT US, DESPITE OUR PAST WRONGS. FURTHERMORE, NOTICE HOW DAVID WAS ABLE TO LEAN ON HIS GOD FOR HELP, NO MATTER HOW DESPERATE THE TIME OF NEED! SO LET ME ASK, HAVE YOU TURNED TO GOD? ARE YOU LEANING ON HIS MIGHTY ARMS? THE FACT IS, THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SERVE GOD, WILL NEVER BE ALONE OR WITHOUT THE HELP OF THEIR CREATOR.

THIS MORNING, WE WILL CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “LORD TEACH US TO PRAY?” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON THIS MORNING WILL ANSWER THE QUESTION, “WHO DO WE PRAY TO?” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL RETURN AND LEAD US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SING TO ME OF HEAVEN.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS MORNING AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON ON PRAYER. WE'VE HAD MANY WEEKS NOW OF A GOOD STUDY ON PRAYER AND LEARNING ALL DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF PRAYER IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT PRAYER IS, AND WHO SHOULD PRAY, AND HOW DO WE PRAY. WE'VE ASKED QUESTIONS LIKE WHEN SHOULD WE PRAY? AND WHY SHOULD WE PRAY? AND TODAY WE WANT TO ASK ANOTHER IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT CERTAINLY SOMETIMES AFFECTS THE MECHANICS OF PRAYER MAYBE THE THINGS THAT WE SAY WITH OUR MOUTH. BECAUSE WE REALLY NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHEN WE PRAY, WHO DO WE PRAY TO?

THE FACT IS WE'VE CONSIDERED IN SEVERAL LESSONS THAT JESUS TAUGHT HIS PEOPLE TO PRAY. HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY AND IN FACT, THE VERY SERIES THAT WERE LOOKING AT TOGETHER BASED THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 11:1 BEGINNING THE QUESTION IS ASKED OF HIS DISCIPLES OR BY HIS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST HE SAYS OR RATHER THEY SAY TO HIM, HOW DO WE PRAY LORD? TEACH US THESE THINGS. GIVE US THAT ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PRAY AND WHAT WE SHOULD SAY IN PRAYER. WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN PRAYER? AND SO THAT'S REALLY WHY WE HAVE COME UP WITH A LOT OF THESE DIFFERENT TOPICS TO TRY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO MAKE OUR PRAYERS, NOT ONLY ACCEPTABLE IN THE FACT THAT THEY ARE DONE WITH A RIGHT ATTITUDE, BUT ALSO IN THE RIGHT WAY.

YOU CERTAINLY KNOW WITH ME THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES US THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 4 THAT AS GOD IS A SPIRIT THOSE OF US WHO WORSHIP GOD MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. AND SO IT'S NOT JUST ENOUGH TO GET OUT THERE WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE AND A FOCUSED ATTITUDE AND A FOCUSED HEART BECAUSE WE LOVE GOD AND TO PRAY AND JUST DO OR SAY WHATEVER IT IS THAT COMES TO OUR HEART AND OUR MIND. WE ALSO HAVE TO NOT ONLY HAVE THE RIGHT ATTITUDE OR SPIRIT IN OUR PRAYER BUT WE ALSO MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TRUTH WHICH IS THE CONCEPT OF WHAT IS RIGHT OR WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY.

SO I REALLY THINK AS WE LOOK AT THE QUESTION THE DISCIPLES WERE ASKING JESUS, HOW DO WE PRAY LORD? TEACH US TO PRAY. THEY REALLY WERE WONDERING HOW IS IT RIGHT TO PRAY? WHAT IS THE RIGHT METHOD OF PRAYER? TEACH US TO PRAY AND THAT'S WHY ALREADY IN SOME OF OUR LESSONS WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE IDEA THAT WHEN WE PRAY WE STRIVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ADORE OR SHOW ADORATION TO GOD AND WE MAKE REQUESTS TO GOD AND WE SHOW A THANKFULNESS TO GOD AND WE ARE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH MAYBE A CONFESSION OF SINS. THERE ARE MANY ASPECTS THAT CAN BE COVERED IN PRAYER THAT ARE EVEN TAUGHT FROM LUKE CHAPTER 11 OR THE PARALLEL IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 OF THE LORD'S PRAYER.

SO THIS MORNING WHAT WE WANT TO LOOK AT TOGETHER IN RELATIONSHIP TO GOD'S WORD IS WHO DO WE PRAY TO? YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT HEAR ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE PRAYING SIMPLY TO GOD AND CERTAINLY WE'RE PRAYING TO GOD SO THAT WOULD BE PROPER THAT ONE ADDRESS GOD. WE HEAR PEOPLE PRAY TO GOD THE FATHER. CERTAINLY THAT WOULD BE PROPER TO ADDRESS GOD THE FATHER AS WE HAVE EXAMPLE IN SCRIPTURE. WE HEAR THOSE WHO PRAY SPECIFICALLY TO JESUS. ACTUALLY IN THE BIBLE WE DON'T HAVE ANY EXAMPLES OF SOMEONE WHO PRAYED DIRECTLY TO JESUS ONLY DO WE? THINK ABOUT THAT. STUDY THAT SOME. WE HAVE SOME RELIGIONS THAT PRAY TO OTHER HUMANS WHO HAVE LIVED. SOME PRAY TO MOTHER MARY. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF PEOPLE PRAYING OR ASKING REQUESTS OF MOTHER MARY RATHER THAN GOD? RATHER THAN THE CREATOR HIMSELF? SOME PRAYING TO A SAINT OR SOMEONE LIKE AN APOSTLE PETER OR PAUL? HOW SAD BECAUSE WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THE RIGHT WAY OR THE TRUTH OF PRAYER, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES SO THAT WE'LL UNDERSTAND WHO WE ADDRESS.

WHO DID JESUS TEACH HIS DISCIPLES TO ADDRESS? LOOK THERE AGAIN WITH ME IN LUKE CHAPTER 11. JESUS SAID, WHEN YOU PRAY, PRAY LIKE THIS, “OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.” REMEMBER WHEN JESUS WAS ON THE EARTH? REMEMBER HOW HE EVEN AT TIMES WOULD SAY DON'T EVEN CALL ME FATHER, THERE'S BUT ONE FATHER IN HEAVEN. REMEMBER HOW JESUS WOULD ALSO DEAL WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS AND HE WOULD EVEN TALK ABOUT THE REALITY THAT HIS FATHER WAS THE ONE WHO GAVE THE WHEEL THAT HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. AND HE WOULD MAKE STATEMENTS LIKE: MY WILL IS NOT MY OWN BUT IT IS THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO SENT ME. AND NOT JUST HIS ACTIONS OR HIS WILL, THE THINGS THAT HE WAS DOING, BUT EVEN LIKE IN JOHN 12 WOULD SAY, MY WORDS ARE NOT MY OWN WORDS. BUT THE WORDS I SPEAK TO YOU, HE WOULD SAY, ARE THE WORDS OF MY FATHER. AND SO HE SAYS THE REASON YOU CAN BELIEVE ME IS BECAUSE THE WORDS I SAY ARE NOT MY WORDS. THEY'RE THE WORDS OF MY FATHER. THE REASON YOU CAN FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE IS BECAUSE MY EXAMPLE IS NOT JUST ABOUT MY WILL OR WHAT I THINK AS A FLESHLY MAN ON THE EARTH. ALTHOUGH HE WAS GOD, HE SAYS MY WILL IS THE FATHER'S WILL. THAT'S WHAT I HAVE COME TO DO. THAT'S WHAT I HAVE COME TO SPEAK. NOW IF ONLY WE COULD LEARN THAT LESSON.

AND SO JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES. HE DOESN'T SAY YOU PRAY TO ME. THAT'S NOT WHAT HE TOLD HIS DISCIPLES WHEN THEY SAID LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY. THEY DIDN'T SAY YOU PRAY TO ANOTHER MAN. YOU PRAY TO JOHN THE IMMERSER OR THE BAPTIZER. ISN'T THAT RIDICULOUS? HE DIDN'T SAY THAT. HE SAID YOU PRAY, WHEN YOU PRAY, YOU PRAY LIKE THIS, “OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.” ONLY GOD'S NAME IS WORTHY OF SUCH.

THAT BEING THE CASE, WE KNOW WELL THAT IT WAS ALSO JESUS WHO SAYS YOU WORSHIP GOD THE FATHER. DO YOU REMEMBER EVEN THERE IN THE EXAMPLE WHERE JESUS WAS TEMPTED OF SATAN? AND DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 4, WHEN ON THE SECOND PART OF THE TEMPTATION, HE WAS BEING CHALLENGED TO DO SOMETHING THAT WAS WRONG. HE SAYS YOU SHALL NOT TEMPT THE LORD YOUR GOD. BUT THEN THE THIRD THING THAT TOOK PLACE HE SAYS YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND HIM ONLY SHALL YOU SERVE. WORSHIP WHO? GOD. JESUS WAS SAYING WORSHIP THE FATHER. THAT'S EVIDENT NOT ONLY HERE BUT IN THE FACT THAT, AS HE TAUGHT THEM TO PRAY, HE SAYS OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN.

WHO THEN ARE WE TO ADDRESS IN PRAYER? WELL, THE FATHER SAID PRAY TO HIM THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD. JESUS SAID PRAY TO THE FATHER; MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER. PRAY TO GOD THE FATHER. AND EVEN WE KNOW THERE THAT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT A CLEAR AND PERFECT EXAMPLE IS GIVEN IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5. AND AS IT SAYS THERE, AFTER SPEAKING OF SINGING WITH OUR HEARTS TO THE LORD, IT ALSO ADDS THIS IN VERSE 20, “GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS TO GOD THE FATHER.” WHO DO WE WORSHIP? WELL, ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE WE WORSHIP GOD THE FATHER AND ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, INCLUDING THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST, WE WORSHIP THE FATHER. AND WHO DO WE GIVE THANKS TO? IT SAYS HERE GOD THE FATHER. AND WHO DO WE SING PRAISES TO? THE VERSE SAYS GOD THE FATHER.

SO HOW IS JESUS INVOLVED? WELL, IT'S BEAUTIFULLY PUT IN THE SAME VERSE AS IT SAYS, “GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS TO GOD THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.” HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT MANY PEOPLE PRAY AT THE END OF A PRAYER THEY WILL SAY IN THE NAME OR BY THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST? BECAUSE WE KNOW THE FATHER, MATTHEW 20:18, GAVE ALL AUTHORITY TO THE SON AND THEREFORE THE SON SAID YOU PRAY TO THE FATHER BUT IT'S BY THE AUTHORITY THAT I HAVE BECAUSE OF AND FROM THE FATHER. AND SO THEREFORE WE GIVE THANKS ALWAYS IN ALL THINGS TO THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF THE SON JESUS CHRIST. WHAT DOES THAT TELL US? IT TELLS US THAT WE DON'T PRAY DIRECTLY TO JESUS. WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS IN THE NAME OF OR BY THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, THAT'S WHAT THE HOLYSPIRIT HAS REVEALED, AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS HAS DECLARED.

I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THIS COMING SUNDAY OR EVEN TODAY WHEN YOU ARE IN SERVICES. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE IF YOUR SO-CALLED PASTOR OR YOUR PREACHER OR IF SOME OF THOSE LEADERS IN WORSHIP ACTUALLY ARE PRAYING TO JESUS. HAVE YOU HEARD PEOPLE JUST PRAY TO JESUS? FIND THAT EXAMPLE IN THE BIBLE. FIND THAT EXAMPLE OR THAT COMMAND IN THE BIBLE. FIND WHERE JESUS SAYS THAT, THAT IS WHAT SOMEBODY SHOULD DO. OR FIND WHERE THE APOSTLE SAID WE SHOULD PRAY TO JESUS RATHER THAN THE FATHER. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, I DON'T CARE WHAT MEN SAY. I'M GOING TO GO WITH GOD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS CHRIST EVERY TIME. AND IF THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED THROUGH PAUL THAT I GIVE THANKS ALWAYS TO THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF THE SON JESUS CHRIST. AND IF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF AS HE LIVED ON THE EARTH SAID HERE'S HOW YOU PRAY RAY. YOU SAY FATHER, OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME. BUT YET YOU DO IT IN MY NAME BECAUSE OF THAT AUTHORITY, EPHESIANS 5:20, THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO DO. BECAUSE I WANT TO WORSHIP GOD, NOT ONLY WITH THE RIGHT EXCITEMENT AND HEART AND ATTITUDE AND SPIRIT, BUT I WANT TO WORSHIP GOD IN PRAYER IN TRUTH. TRUTH IS REQUIRED.

YOU MIGHT ALSO WRITE DOWN JAMES 5:14. IT'S ALSO A CLEAR EXAMPLE THERE OF THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH WHO ARE SAID TO PRAY TO THE FATHER FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AGAIN, HOW DO WE DIRECT OUR WORSHIP? TO THE CREATOR AND THE ONE OF ALL THINGS WHO GAVE THE WILL THAT SUCH BE DONE, THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. AND THEN ALSO IN THE NAME OF THE ONE WHO CARRIED IT OUT AND CREATED ALL THINGS, JESUS CHRIST THE SON. THAT'S THE PATTERN WE HAVE ACCORDING TO THE FATHER'S WILL AS DECLARED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD OF GOD IS ALSO DECLARED BY THE VERY WORDS OF THE MOUTH OF JESUS HIMSELF.

THE OTHER THING THAT I'D LIKE TO LOOK AT FOR JUST A FEW MOMENTS TOGETHER THIS MORNING IS THAT WHEN WE PRAY IT CERTAINLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE SOMETIMES HOW WE PRAY PRIVATELY AND PUBLICLY. WHEN WE PRAY PRIVATELY, CERTAINLY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE MIGHT KNOW OR WHAT GOD CERTAINLY UNDERSTANDS ABOUT OUR HEART, HE KNOWS WHAT WE FEEL OR WHAT WE THINK HE KNOWS WHAT WE'RE PRAYING FOR. BUT I WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN WE GET IN PUBLIC PRAYERS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE PRAYING PROPERLY, THAT WE ARE PRAYING TO THE FATHER, AND THAT WE ARE PRAYING IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. CERTAINLY IT IS.

BUT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT FOR A MOMENT SOME OF THE TERMINOLOGIES USED. ONE TERMINOLOGY THAT SOMETIMES MIGHT BE MISUNDERSTOOD IS THE CONCEPT OF LORD. LORD SIMPLY MEANS CURIATE. AND WHEN WE SEE THE CONCEPT OF CURIATE, IN FACT IN JUDE 1:3 THERE'S ONLY ONE CHAPTER THERE BUT IN VERSE 3 WE FIND THIS CONCEPT OF CURION ONCE WHERE IT SAYS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. BUT JUST BEFORE THAT WE SEE ANOTHER GREEK WORD IN THE SAME TEXT THAT IS “DESPESTON”. AND WHAT THAT WORD ACTUALLY MEANS IS A MASTER OR LORD. AND IT'S REFERRING TO THE CONCEPT OF GOD, AT LEAST MOST BELIEVE GOD THE FATHER, LORD GOD THE FATHER, AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

WE CAN ACTUALLY GO BACK AND WE CAN SEE THERE AGAIN IN MATTHEW 4 WHEN JESUS WAS DEALING WITH SATAN. HE SAYS YOU SHALL NOT DO WHAT? TEMPT THE LORD YOUR GOD. BUT THEN HE ALSO SAYS YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD. YOU SEE, WHO WAS JESUS REFERRING TO ON THIS EARTH AGAIN? WHO WAS HE TALKING ABOUT WORSHIPING? HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WORSHIPING GOD, THE FATHER. WE ALSO SEE THAT BACK IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW AND CHAPTER 11:25 WHERE ACTUALLY WE SEE HERE THAT IT SAYS THAT GOD THE FATHER WAS HIS LORD. THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID, THAT THE LORD GOD THE FATHER. AND SO WE DO SEE THAT THIS WORD CURIOS IS USED IN THAT WAY.

WHAT ABOUT MATTHEW 22? EVEN THE IDEA THERE IN VERSE 37 THAT,“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART.” WHO WAS HE TALKING ABOUT? HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE FATHER.AND SO I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE CONCEPT OF LORD OR MASTER, WHICH IS A GENERAL TERM, CERTAINLY APPLIES TO ALL OF THE GODHEAD INCLUDING THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

BUT AFTER JESUS CAME, WE NEED TO BE AWARE AND ADMIT THAT IT SEEMS LIKE THE CONCEPT OF MASTER OR LORD WAS PRIMARILY AFTER THE BOOK OF ACTS. AND IN THE BOOK OF ACTS APPLIED TO JESUS CHRIST. AND SO THEREFORE WHEN WE PRAY WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PRAY APPROPRIATELY. 1TIMOTHY 2:8, AS MEN ARE REQUIRED TO READ IN PUBLIC WORSHIP AND PUBLIC PRAYER, ALWAYS LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS BEFORE GOD AND PRAYING EVERYWHERE AND ALWAYS BEFORE GOD. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHO WE'RE PRAYING TO, BECAUSE AS WE'VE JUST SEEN, WE'RE PRAYING TO THE FATHER.

IF YOU WANT TO USE THE WORD LORD, MAKE SURE YOU APPLY LORD WHO? BECAUSE ANYONE CAN BE A LORD OF SOMETHING EXCEPT WE CLARIFY. IF YOU WERE TO SAY LORD FATHER, CERTAINLY THAT CLARIFIES WHO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU WERE TO SAY LORD JESUS. BUT IF YOU GET UP AND YOU SAY DEAR LORD AND YOU SAY LORD, LORD, LORD AND YOU SAY LORD AND LORD AND THEN YOU GET TO THE END OF THE PRAYER AND YOUR SAYING JESUS' NAME, WHO WERE YOU TALKING ABOUT? MAYBE THE FATHER, MAYBE YOU WERE TALKING TO THE SON. YOU SEE THE POINT I'M TRYING TO HELP US WITH MY FRIENDS, MY BRETHERN IS THAT WHEN WE PRAY LET'S SAY WHAT WE MEAN AND MEAN WHAT WE SAY. LET'S PRAY IN SUCH A WAY THAT WERE ABLE TO HELP OTHERS KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT WE'RE SAYING AND THAT THEY DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING WHEN GOD HAS GIVEN US REQUIREMENTS TO PREPARE OURSELVES AND MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE WORSHIP GOD, TRUE WORSHIPERS, WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.

SO LET ME ASK YOU, WHO DO YOU PRAY TO? WHO DOES YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR RELIGION SAY THAT YOU SHOULD PRAY TO? I'LL TELL YOU WHO GOD SAYS WE SHOULD PRAY TO, ACCORDING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT THE LORD'S CHURCH SAYS WE SHOULD DO. GOD SAYS WE SHOULD PRAY TO HIM, THE FATHER. AND JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, SAYS WE SHOULD PRAY TO THE FATHER IN HIS NAME. THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. SO MAY WE ALWAYS STRIVE TO NOT ONLY KNOW GOD BUT TO KNOW HIS WILL AND TO DO HIS WILL THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. AND MAY WE BE PEOPLE WHOSE YEA IS YEA AND WHOSE NAY IS NAY SO THAT WHEN WE SAY THINGS PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE MEAN AND THEY UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE SAYING THAT GOD MIGHT BE GLORIFIED AND THAT THEY MIGHT LEARN FROM US IN OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS IN ALL THINGS - WHAT IT IS THAT GOD HAS A FAITHFUL SERVANT TO DO.

ARE YOU PRAYING AS GOD REQUIRES? AND ARE YOU GIVING HIM THE GLORY THAT HE DESERVES BY DOING WHAT HE HAS ASKED? MAY WE ALWAYS PRAY TO THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF JESUS. KNOWING THAT BY DOING SUCH WE WILL BE FOUND FAITHFUL AND NOT ONLY BE BLESSED TODAY BUT BLESSED ETERNALLY.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN THIS OFFERING TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS WORSHIP TO GOD!

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ARE YOU ADDRESSING GOD PROPERLY IN YOUR PRAYERS? LET’S ALL MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW ONLY DO WHAT GOD SAYS, BUT THAT WE DO IT IN THE WAY HE COMMANDS. REMEMBER, PROPER WORSHIP IS ALWAYS DONE IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH!