Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Our Prayers To Our Father
A. We know that we are to pray unto God the Father (Colossians 1:3).
1. Our prayers are not to Jesus, but through Him (Ephesians 5:20).
2. Our prayers are our spirit, not the Holy Spirit’s prayers (I Corinthians 14:14).
B. We pray different kinds of prayers to our Father (I Timothy 5:5).
1. Prayers of requests (Philippians 4:6).
a. Remembering that miracles among men have ceased (I Corinthians 13:8-10).
b. Remembering there are wrong prayers (James 4:3).
c. Remembering how God provides in what we pray for (Acts 14:17 and Hebrews 6:7).
d. Remembering that the H.S. worked to guide directly in 1st century (Luke 11:4; cf. Acts 16:6-7), but the Spirit does not work in that manner now (II Timothy 3:16-17). See this study for more on this: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/FruitofHolySpiritorSpiritualFruit.pdf
2. Prayers of thanksgiving (I Thessalonians 5:17-18).
3. Prayers wherein we lay our burdens before Him (I Peter 5:6-7).
a. Realizing we still have to bear those burdens (Galatians 6:4-5).
4. Prayers for our food (I Timothy 4:3-5).
5. Public/collective prayers (I Corinthians 14:15-16).
6. Private prayers (Matthew 6:6; 14:23).
7. Prayers confessing/asking for forgiveness (I John 1:9).
II. Body: What does it mean to pray to our Father in Heaven (I John 5:14-15)?
A. It means we have a relationship with Him (Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, and I Peter 3:12).
1. Through our actions we have this relationship with God (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
2. That relationship is maintained by our faithfulness (Isaiah 59:1-2).
B. It means we’re talking to someone that already knows us (Hebrews 4:13).
1. He knows what we are inside (I Samuel 16:7 and Jeremiah 17:9-10).
2. He knows what we’re doing outwardly (Isaiah 29:15-16 and Revelation 2:1-2).
3. He knows what we need (Matthew 6:7-8).
C. It means we need to show reverence to Him (Matthew 6:9, Hebrews 12:9, and Hebrews 12:28-29).
1. In prayer, you’re talking to the Almighty (Isaiah 45:18).
2. He’s not one of “the boys”, so show humility (Luke 18:9-14).
3. We’d better be thinking a lot before speaking to Him (Ecclesiasts 5:1-2).
III. Conclusion: Who is your Father (I John 3:8-10)?
A. Do you have the right to pray to God (I Timothy 2:8)?
B. What will you do to gain or keep that right to approach the Almighty (Isaiah 1:15-18)?
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